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Igor Yaroshevskyy Wins $50,000 Bounty Event For First Triton Title

Ukrainian Bests 126-Entry Field To Earn $1,052,000 Plus $120,000 In Bounties

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Igor Yaroshevskyy came into the 2024 Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Montenegro series with plenty of impressive accomplishments on the live tournament circuit, including accruing over $6.5 million in earnings across over 160 in-the-money finishes. Within the first week of the high-stakes tournament festival getting underway, Yaroshevskyy has crossed two new major milestones off of his to-do list: winning a Triton title and earning a seven-figure payday. The Ukrainian achieved both goals simultaneously by taking down the $50,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em bounty event, securing the trident trophy and the top prize of $1,052,000. He also cashed out $120,000 in bounties along the way.

“I am so excited,” Yaroshevskyy told Triton reporters after locking up the win. “It’s an amazing feeling. Today is my day. Thank you guys!”

This latest victory, combined with the $419,000 he earned as the third-place finisher in the $25,000 buy-in kickoff event of the series, leaves him with more than $7.9 million in lifetime cashes.

This was the first title and third overall final-table finish of the year for Yaroshevskyy. With 2,300 Card Player Player of the Year points earned thus far, he now sits in 26th place in the 2024 POY standings presented by Global Poker.

The top 20 finishers earned a share of the $4,380,000 main prize pool, with $1,920,000 set aside for bounty payouts. Big names like Chris Brewer (19th), Jason Koon (17th), Michael Soyza (13th), Brian Kim (12th), Michael Watson (11th), Arthur Martirosian (10th), Henrik Hecklen (9th), and Patrik Antonius (8th) all ran deep.

Adrian MateosDimitar Danchev held the chip lead when the final table was set. Paulius Vaitiekunas (7th – $183,800) was the first to fall. Despite winning the flip to send Vaitiekunas packing, Adrian Mateos soon followed him to the rail. The four-time bracelet winner from Spain got all-in with A-K leading the A-Q of Punnat Punsri, only for a queen on the river to leave him short. He was soon eliminated in sixth place ($245,000). This was Mateos’ eighth final-table finish of 2024. With 3,640 total points, he has moved into 6th place on the POY leaderboard.

Shyngis Satubayev got the last of his short stack all-in with A-4 suited dominating the 10-4 of Punsri, but the Thai player flopped a pair of tens and held from there to eliminate Satubayev in fifth place ($313,000).

Punsri had overtaken the top spot as the final table continued, while Danchev slid towards the bottom of the counts among the final four. A battle of the blinds saw Punsri shove with K-3 from the small blind. Danchev called with A-J. Punsri made a full house to win the pot and extend his lead heading into three-handed action. Danchev, a bracelet winner and European Poker Tour main event champion, settled for $390,000 as the fourth-place finisher. This was his fourth final-table of the year so far, with two titles won. He now sits in 13th place in the POY rankings with 2,841 total points.

Punsri was the clear chip leader after Danchev was dismissed, but several big pots went the way of his opponents as the battle for the title continued. He eventually found himself at risk with A-4 (shoved from the button for around 15 big blinds) against the pocket nines of Isaac Haxton, who had him just covered in the big blind and made the call. Haxton flopped a set and held from there to eliminate Punsri in third place ($473,000). Punsri has now made 11 final tables in 2024, with two titles won and more than $3.1 million in POY earnings accrued along the way. His 4,157 total points is enough to see him overtake the lead in the POY race. He now sits just 23 points ahead of former leader David Coleman.

Heads-up play began with a virtual tie between Haxton and Yaroshevskyy. Haxton overtook the lead in the early going, but Yaroshevskyy got a bluff through to move back in front in time for the final hand of the tournament. Yaroshevskyy min-raised to 1,000,000 from the button with 7Heart Suit7Club Suit and Haxton three-bet shoved for 10,850,000 from the big blind with AClub SuitKSpade Suit. Yaroshevskyy called and the board ran out JDiamond Suit6Club Suit4Heart Suit2Spade Suit10Diamond Suit to secure the pot and the title for Yaroshevskyy.

Haxton earned $716,000 as the runner-up finisher, growing his career earnings to $50,441,283 in the process. This makes him just the eighth player in history to surpass the $50-million mark on the circuit.

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

Place Player Main Prize Pool Earnings Bounty Earnings POY Points
1 Igor Yaroshevskyy $1,052,000 $120,000 1122
2 Isaac Haxton $716,000 $180,000 935
3 Punnat Punsri $473,000 $300,000 748
4 Dimitar Danchev $390,000 $300,000 561
5 Shyngis Satubayev $313,000 $150,000 468
6 Adrian Mateos $245,000 $240,000 374
7 Paulius Vaitiekunas $183,800 $120,000 281

Photo credits: Triton Poker / Joe Giron.