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Phil Ivey Wins Fourth Career Triton Poker Title

The Poker Hall of Famer Earned Over $1 Million For His Latest Tournament Victory


Phil Ivey is now tied for the second-most titles earned on two of the most prestigious poker tours in the world. The 46-year-old Poker Hall of Fame member was already in a three-way tie for the most World Series of Poker wins with 10 bracelets. On Sunday, Aug. 6 he took down the 2023 Triton Poker Super High Roller Series London $60,000 no-limit hold’em turbo event to secure his fourth title on that high-stakes-centric tour, entering into a tie with Mikita Badziakouski for the second-highest total of Triton trophies at four.

Ivey defeated a field of 61 entries in the fast-paced affair, earning $1,007,000 for the win. This was his 11th career seven-figure score. He now has $39.9 million in lifetime earnings, good for 12th place on poker’s all-time money list.

This was Ivey’s first title and fifth final-table finish of the year. He was awarded 612 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win. With 2,728 total points and more than $2.1 million in to-date POY earnings, Ivey is now ranked 54th in the 2023 POY race presented by Global Poker.

The solid turnout for this event created a prize pool of more than $3.6 million that was eventually split up among the top 11 finishers. Plenty of big names ran deep, including 2022 Triton Madrid main event winner Henrik Hecklen (11th), 2023 Triton Cyprus $25,000 buy-in champion Santosh Suvarna (10th), bracelet winner Sam Greenwood (9th), three-time Triton champion Wai Kin Yong (8th), 2019 Triton London short deck event winner Tan Xuan (7th), and 2023 Triton Cyprus $30,000 mystery bounty champion Biao Ding (6th).

Aleksejs PonakovsTwo-time bracelet winner Aleksejs Ponakovs finished fifth when his A-3 suited was unable to outrun the Q-8 suited of fellow two-time WSOP champion Nick Petrangelo. Ponakovs has now cashed in four events at this festival, accumulating over $4 million in earnings along the way. The largest chunk of that came when he finished fourth in the $250,000 buy-in Luxon Invitational just a day before making this final table.

Rodrigo Selouan backed up his runner-up finish in the $60,000 seven-max event earlier this series with a fourth-place showing in this turbo event at the same price point. The Brazilian’s A-4 suited was unable to come from behind against the pocket jacks of Ivey and he was sent to the rail with $360,000.

Ivey continued to surge, with his A-8 besting the A-Q suited of Petrangelo. Ivey made a pair of eights on the flop to take the lead and held from there to eliminate Petrangelo in third place ($468,900). The score increased his career earnings to more than $31.7 million.

Ivey took more than a 3:1 chip lead into heads-up play with Cary Katz. The high-stakes tournament crusher and founder of PokerGO got all-in with A-K leading the Q-7 of Ivey, but a pair of queens on the flop gave the latter trips. Katz found no further help and was knocked out in second place, earning $715,500 for his efforts. Katz now has $39,659,114 in lifetime cashes, putting him just one spot behind Ivey on the all-time money list at 13th place.

Here is a look at the payouts awarded a the final table:

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Phil Ivey $1,007,000 612
2 Cary Katz $715,500 510
3 Nick Petrangelo $468,900 408
4 Rodrigo Selouan $360,000 306
5 Aleksejs Ponakovs $285,500 255
6 Biao Ding $223,200 204
7 Xuan Tan $175,700 153
8 Wai Kin Yong $137,200 102
9 Sam Greenwood $104,000 51

Photo credits: Triton Poker / Joe Giron.