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Winfred Yu Wins Triton Poker Cyprus $75,000 Short Deck For $1,010,000

The Hong Kong Native Topped A Field of 41 Entries To Secure His Third Career Seven-Figure Score


The final event of the 2022 Triton Poker Cyprus series was originally slated to be a $125,000 buy-in short deck event. The buy-in was ultimately lowered to $75,000, but with a field of 41 entries, that still made for a prize pool worth nearly $3 million. In the end, the largest share of that money went to Winfred Yu. The Hong Kong native emerged victorious with the title and the top prize of $1,010,0000. This was the third-largest score of Yu’s career, and it marked the third time that he had cashed for seven figures or more (when his payouts were reckoned in US dollars). He now has nearly $6.2 million in career earnings to his name.

In addition to the title and the money, Yu also secured 510 Card Player Player of the Year points and 700 PokerGO Tour points as the champion of this event. This was Yu’s first qualified score of the year in either points race. While he sits outside the top 250 in the POY standings, this win was enough to shoot him into 15th place on the PGT leaderboard.

The second and final day of this event began with 20 players remaining and two late registrants. Of the 22 players to take a seat on day 2, only six would see any return on their investment. Wei Hsiang Yeu was eliminated on the money bubble, guaranteeing that the remaining players all cashed for at least $208,500. Ferdinand Putra was ultimately the player to secure that sum. He got all-in with A-9 and was up against the A-K of bracelet winner Daniel Dvoress. Dvoress made kings and eights by the river to secure the pot and narrow the field to five.

Dvoress was also involved in the next knockout hand, and he once again held A-K. This time, though, he was not ahead preflop. His ADiamond SuitKDiamond Suit had run into the KSpade SuitKClub Suit of Yu. Nines full of kings spelled the end of Dvoress, who earned $268,000 as the fifth-place finisher. The 2019 Super High Roller Bowl Bahamas champion now has more than $19.2 million in lifetime earnings to his name.

2016 Big One For One Drop Invitational winner Elton Tsang was the next to fall. He got all-in with A-Q suited trailing the pocket kings of bracelet winner Danny Tang and failed to come from behind. Tsang was awarded $343,000 for his fourth-place showing. This was his fourth cash of the series, with nearly $1.2 million in earnings accrued along the way.

For the third time in a row, pocket kings was the winning holding in an eliminated hand. This time it was two-time Triton event winner Ivan Leow who held the cowboys. Danny Tang was the one at risk, having shoved with Q-10. Tang flopped a queen and a gutshot, but found no further help on the turn or river. The $447,000 payday he earned as the third-place finisher increased his lifetime tournament earnings total to more than $9.5 million.

Leow entered heads-up play with 6.6 million to Yu’s 5.7 million. He extended that advantage even further before Yu earned a crucial double up with his A-J suited outrunning the pocket jacks of Leow in brutal fashion: the board double paired with kings and queens, counterfeiting Leow’s big pocket pair and making Yu’s ace kicker the best hand.

In the final hand of the event, Leow picked up another pocket pair and shoved all-in. Yu had limp-called with AClub SuitQDiamond Suit. Leow showed QSpade SuitQHeart Suit and remained ahead after a JSpade Suit10Heart Suit9Club Suit flop. The JHeart Suit turn changed nothing, but the AHeart Suit river gave Yu a superior pair to lock up the pot and the title. Leow took home $699,500 as the runner-up. He now has just shy of $12.8 million in lifetime cashes.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points PGT Points
1 Winfred Yu $1,010,000 510 700
2 Ivan Leow $699,500 425 420
3 Danny Tang $447,000 340 268
4 Elton Tsang $343,000 255 206
5 Daniel Dvoress $268,000 213 161
6 Ferdinand Putra $208,500 170 125

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