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Jason Koon Wins $2.9 Million USD In Triton Super High Roller Jeju Event

American Poker Pro Tops Field of 81 Entries To Take Down $1M HKD Buy-In Short Deck Title


Jason Koon has won the $1,000,000 HKD ($127,389 USD) buy-in short deck no-limit hold’em event at the 2019 Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Jeju, outlasting a total of 81 entries to win $22,300,000 HKD ($2,899,000 USD). This was the second largest score of Koon’s career, behind his win in the same event held at the 2018 Triton Montenegro festival for $3.6 million. The 33-year-old American poker pro now has more than $26.7 million in lifetime live tournament earnings.

This was Koon’s third final-table finish out of the first four events held at the Triton Jeju_ series, having previously placed fourth in the $500,000 HKD ($63,695 USD) short deck event and sixth in the $500,000 HKD six-max no-limit hold’em event for another $753,350 USD in earnings. That brings Koon’s cashes for the series to more than $3.6 million.

In addition to the money, Koon has also earned 1,538 Card Player Player of the Year points with his incredible run in Korea. He also had one previous final table showing, having placed ninth in the $50,000 buy-in high roller at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in January. As a result of his strong start to the year, he has climbed into 17th place in the overall standings.

The top nine finishers made the money in this tournament, with event #2 champion Devin Tang taking home $286,000 USD as the first player eliminated after the bubble. John Juanda (7th – $481,000 USD), Richard Yong (6th – $611,000 USD) and Gabe Patgorski (5th – $793,000 USD) were all eliminated in the money before play was halted late at night with four players remaining.

Furkat Rakhimov lead going into the extra day with 8,775,000. with Paul Phua close behind with 7,035,000. Koon (5,075,000) and Jun Wang (3,410,000) rounded out the final four. Koon knocked out Jun in fourth place ($1,027,000 USD), getting it all-in with JSpade SuitJHeart Suit against QSpade Suit10Spade Suit and holding from there.

Paul Phua managed the second elimination of the day when his ASpade SuitJHeart Suit defeated Furkat Rakhimov’s JSpade Suit10Diamond Suit on a QSpade SuitJDiamond Suit7Spade Suit9Diamond Suit7Club Suit runout. Rakhimov took home $1,357,200 USD as the third-place finisher.

With that, the heads-up showdown between Phua and Koon was set. Koon was able to take control early on, and by the time the final hand arose he had built more than a 5-to-1 chip advantage. Phua got his last chips in preflop with ADiamond Suit9Heart Suit and Koon called with the KHeart SuitQHeart Suit. The board ran out ASpade SuitKDiamond Suit7Club SuitKClub SuitQSpade Suit and Koon made a full house by the river to secure the pot and the title. Phua earned $2,067,000 USD for his runner-up showing. You can check out the final hand in a video that Triton Poker (@tritonpoker) tweeted:

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Jason Koon $2,899,000 960
2 Paul Phua $2,067,000 800
3 Furkat Rakhimov $1,357,200 640
4 Jun Wang $1,027,000 480
5 Gabe Patgorski $793,000 400
6 Richard Yong $611,000 320
7 John Juanda $481,000 240
8 Wai Yong $377,000 160
9 Devan Tang $286,000 80

Winner photo credit Triton Poker / Jamie Thomson.