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Orpen Kisacikoglu’s First 7-Fig. Score; Tony G Binks Event
Rozvadov, a small village in the Czech Republic that is 143km west of Prague and situated on the German-Czech border, is not somewhere your mind’s eye would conjure up if you had to think about a major poker destination. Yet it is the home to some massive events several times each year. Now is one of those times.
The partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Europe festival is taking place at King’s Resort in Rozvadoz, Czech Republic and its schedule is brimming with high buy-in tournaments. One such event was the Triton Poker sponsored €100,000 Super High Roller ($111,365) that saw 32 entries processed and a €3,040,000 ($3,406,582) prize pool created; this sum was shared among the top six finishers.
Triton €100K Super High Roller Final Table Results
|Place||Player||Country||Prize (EUR)||Prize (USD)|
|3||Ben Heath||United Kingdom||€455,000||$510,000|
|4||Wai Kin Yong||Malaysia||€349,000||$391,000|
|5||Cary Katz||United States||€273,000||$306,000|
Once again it was Team PokerStars Pro Igor Kurganov who burst the money bubble. You may recall it was Kurganov who was the bubble boy in the record-breaking Triton Million only a week or so ago. Kurganov narrowly missed out again, this time falling in seventh-place and having to leave the table empty-handed.
Team partypoker member Kristen Bicknell was the first player to collect some prize money, her sixth-place finish netting her €213,000 ($239,000), the seventh prize of more than $200,000 she has earned.
Katz Needed Third-Place to Show a Profit
Bicknell was joined on the rail by Cary Katz, the founder of poker streaming site PokerGO, who actually lost money despite winning €273,000 ($306,000) for his fifth-place exit. Katz fired three bullets at this event so actually lost €27,000 ($30,062)!
Next to be eliminated was Wai Kin Yong, champion of the recent Triton London Main Event for £2,591,695 ($3,148,391). Yong ran out of steam and crashed out of this event in fourth-place for €349,000 ($391,000) making for a very profitable couple of weeks.
It was then the turn of Ben Heath to head to the cashier’s desk after busting in third-place for €455,000 ($510,000). Heath came unstuck when he found himself all in with ace-ten against the pocket twos of Orpen Kisacikoglu. A ten on the flop looked to have gifted Heath the lead, but there was a deuce among the first three community cards also.
Heads-up lasted 45-minutes and ended with Russia’s Vladimir Troyanovskiy falling at the hands of his Turkish businessman opponent. Troyanovskiy had to console himself with a €710,000 ($796,000) runner-up prize while Kisacikoglu banked €1,040,000 ($1,116,000), his first seven-figure haul and his largest prize by more than $800,000.
Tony G Binks the €25,000 Triton Short Deck Event
Antanas Guoga, better-known as “Tony G”, may not play as much poker as he once did as he is now heavily into politics and was a Member of the European Parliament from 2014-2019. Tony G has a reputation for his often brash table talk and while he has calmed down a lot since those days, he is still one of poker’s more colorful characters.
A field of only 21 players competed in the €25,000 Triton Short Deck event at the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS and five of those players walked away with a return on their investment.
Triton €25K Short Deck Final Table Results
|Place||Player||Country||Prize (EUR)||Prize (USD)|
|3||Leon Tsoukernik||Czech Republic||€104,500||$116,350|
|4||Cary Katz||United States||€75,500||$84,065|
|5||Choon Tong Siow||Malaysia||€61,000||$67,900|
Choon Tong Siow busted in fifth-place for €61,000 ($67,900) before being joined on the rail by Cary Katz €75,500 ($84,065) only a few hours after reaching the final table of the €100,000 Super High Roller.
Third-place went to the owner of King’s Resort where the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS festival is taking place, Leon Tsoukernik. This was Tsoukernik’s second cash in a Short Deck event, the previous one coming in May 2019 in Montenegro, a fourth-place finish worth the equivalent of $89,199.
Tsoukernik’s exit left Guoga and Yake Wu to lock horns heads-up. Guoga held a substantial chip lead, but Wu managed to claw his way back into contention. The final hand saw Guoga’s pocket tens prevails against Wu’s ace-jack
Although Guoga is still involved in politics, he plans to play more poker in the future. Speaking shortly after his victory in this event, Guoga revealed, “I guess I’m going to keep studying the game now and see if I can take on the best players in the future. My game is behind at the moment because I’ve been in politics for five years. I’m dedicated to serving my country, but now I’m back in poker and enjoying life again.”
Guoga has more than $6.2 million in live poker tournament winnings despite his largest cash weighing in at only $552,239. Prior to a cash at the 2019 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas in July, Guoga’s last cash was in October 2018 and his last victory was in May 2017.