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Koray Aldemir Wins 2017 Triton Super High Roller Manila

German Poker Pro Tops 39-Entry Field To Take Home $1.3 Million USD


Tournament poker’s top players made their way to the Philippines this week for the 2017 Triton Super High Roller Series Manila at the Solaire Resort and Casino. The centerpiece of the festival was the $1 million HKD ($128,800 USD) main event. A total of 39 entries were made in this massive tournament, building a prize pool of $37,073,400 HKD ($4,815,570 USD).

In the end German poker pro Koray Aldemir emerged victorious, capturing the title and the first-place prize of $10,032,869 HKD ($1,304,273 USD). Aldemir came into the final day in second chip position with six players remaining, with all of them in the money. With the elimination of Bryn Kenney in fourth place for $3,893,000 HKD ($506,090 USD) the final three players decided to make a deal that would re-distribute the final payouts.

With Spain’s Sergio Aido in the chip lead they decided to set $400,000 HKD and the trophy aside to play for and guarantee the following to the final three players:

Sergio Aido: $10,378,375 HKD ($1,349,189 USD)
Koray Aldemir: $9,632,869 HKD ($1,241,197 USD)
Dan Cates: $7,765,156 HKD ($1,009,470 USD)

Dan “Jungleman” Cates was the shortest stack after the deal. He ran KHeart SuitJSpade Suit into Aido’s KSpade SuitQSpade Suit and failed to come from behind, hitting the rail in third place. That set up a final heads-up battle between Aido and Aldemir, with the former holding nearly a 2-to-1 chip advantage.

Aldemir was able to win a few pots early in the battle to level the playing field. He was then able to pull away and by the time the final hand arose Aido was down to just 12 big blinds. In the final hand he limped in from the button for 100,000 and Aldemir moved all in, having his 1.4 million stack well covered. Aido made the call with the KSpade Suit10Club Suit and was behind Aldemir’s AHeart Suit2Heart Suit.

The board ran out QSpade Suit9Spade Suit8Diamond Suit3Spade Suit5Diamond Suit, keeping Alemir’s ace high in the lead to secure him the pot and the title. This was Aldemir’s second largest score behind his third-place finish in the 2016 WSOP $111,111 One Drop super high roller, which earned him $2,154,265. He now has lifetime live tournament earnings of more than $4.2 million.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded in this event:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Koray Aldemir $1,304,273 600
2 Sergio Aido $1,349,189 500
3 Daniel Cates $1,009,470 400
4 Bryn Kenney $506,090 300
5 Devan Tang $361,400 250
6 Wai Yong $289,120 200