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Phil Ivey Wins Triton Poker Montenegro $250,000 HKD Short Deck Event

Poker Superstar Wins $617,396 USD In His First Live Tournament Cash In Over Two Years


Phil Ivey is a living legend in the poker world, but the ten-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner has not been seen much on the international tournament circuit in recent years. Ivey has been keeping a low profile while embroiled in a legal battle over baccarat winnings. The 41-year-old had not recorded a live cash since January of 2016, but he ended that streak this week by emerging victorious in the 2018 Triton Super High Roller Series Montenegro $250,000 HKC ($31,849 USD) short deck ante-only event. Ivey outlasted a field of 61 total entries to win $4,749,200 HKD ($617,396 USD), bringing his career live earnings to $24,083,744.

Short deck poker (also known as six-plus hold’em) utilizes only 36 cards, with the deuces, threes, fours, and fives removed. Aces play as both the top end of a broadway straight or as a five to complete a nine-high straight. As a result of the decreased number of cards, straights become more common while flushes are less likely. As a result, the game is commonly played with a flush beating a full house. The game is incredibly popular in the Asian high stakes poker scene.

The final day of the event began with nine players remaining. Alan Sass lead the way with 2,775,000 in chips, with top international poker pros like Daniel “jungleman12” Cates, Jason Koon and Ivey also sitting with large stacks.

In the end it came down to a final showdown between Ivey and Cates, with the later entering heads-up play with roughly a 4-to-1 chip lead. Ivey was able to fight his way back and eventually built a lead of his own. In the final hand Ivey raised to 700,000 with the QClub SuitJClub Suit and Cates called with the ADiamond Suit7Diamond Suit. The flop brought the KDiamond SuitJSpade Suit10Diamond Suit and both players checked. The 9Spade Suit on the turn gave Ivey the straight and he fired 1,000,000. Cates responded by moving all-in for just over 6.3 million with his draw to a higher staright and a flush. Ivey made the call and avoided Cates’ outs when the 6Club Suit completed the board. With that Ivey secured the pot and the title, sending Cates to the rail with $3,199,000 HKD ($415,870 USD).

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Phil Ivey $617,396 504
2 Daniel Cates $415,870 420
3 Gabe Patgorski $251,810 336
4 Jason Koon $173,420 252
5 Furkat Rakhimov $119,340 210
6 Ivan Leow $89,570 168
7 Alan Sass $72,800 126
8 Wai Yong $63,440 84
9 Mikhail Smirnov $61,490 42