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Nick Schulman Wins 2018 Triton Super High Roller Series Jeju $100,000 HKD Short Deck Event

American Poker Pro Defeats Field of 61 To Win $277,550


Nick SchulmanNick Schulman defeated a field of 61 total entries to win the first event of the 2018 Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Jeju In South Korea. The $100,000 HKD ($14,066 USD) buy-in short-deck no-limit hold’em event had a final prize pool of $6,100,000 HKD ($777,481 USD), with the lion’s share of that money being awarded to Schulman. The American poker pro earned $2,135,000 HKD ($277,550 USD) and 360 Card Player Player of the Year points as the champion of this event.

Schulman had very little experience playing short-deck no-limit hold’em prior to this event. The new format, also known as six-plus poke, is quickly growing in popularity in high-stakes cash games in Asia. The game is played with a 36-card deck, with the deuces through fives removed and a couple of resulting rule changes. Flushes beat full houses, and aces can play both as the highest card and as a five in order to complete a nine-high straight. Despite his lack of reps in the game, Schulman was able to emerge victorious with his first live tournament title of 2018.

He won a key pot at the final table with ace-queen overcoming the pocket kings of 2011 Card Player Player of the Year award winner Ben Lamb. Lamb finished fourth for $619,272 HKD ($80,505 USD).

That pot propelled him into the chip lead. From there he made it down to heads-up play holding a massive chip lead of roughly 9-to-1 over Kenneth Kee. Kee found an early double, but his comeback was quickly put to an end when he flopped top two pair against Schulman’s top set of queens. Check out the hand below:

With that Schulman secured the final pot and the title. Kee took home $1,319,369 HKD ($171,518 USD) as the runner-up finisher.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Nick Schulman $277,550 360
2 Kenneth Kee $171,518 300
3 Hing Chow $113,724 240
4 Ben Lamb $80,505 180
5 Foo Ming $60,609 150
6 Chin Lim $48,349 120
7 Seng Leow $40,744 90

Photo credit: Triton Poker Twitter account.