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Nick Petrangelo Wins Triton Montenegro $50,000 Turbo Event

American Poker Pro Bests 53-Entry Field To Earn $775,000 and His First Triton Title


After 14 previous in-the-money finishes at Triton Poker Super High Roller Series stops without a win, Nick Petrangelo has finally come away with a trophy. The two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner captured his first Triton victory at the ongoing festival at Maestral Resort & Casino in Montenegro, besting a field of 53 entries in the $50,000 no-limit hold’em turbo event to earn $775,000 and the hardware.

The score increased Petrangelo’s career earnings to more than $34.9 million, with more than $5 million of that coming from his success in Triton tournaments.

“This one doesn’t count,” joked Petrangelo in a post-win interview with Triton reporters. "Obviously this is great and I’m happy. I’d like to win one of the big ones before I’m done.”

The top nine finishers earned a share of the $2,650,000 prize pool in this event. Petrangelo won a race with pocket eights against K-10 suited for Artur Martirosian to burst the bubble. Petrangelo entered the final table as the chip leader. He outlasted heavy hitters Daniel Dvoress (9th – $77,000), Steve O’Dwyer (8th – $101,000) and Leon Sturm (7th – $130,000) before scoring his knockout. A-10 suited held against the A-6 of Isaac Haxton (6th – $164,000) to narrow the field to just five contenders.

Lewis Spencer’s pocket aces bounced Maher Nouira in fifth place ($212,000). Spencer was in the lead after that, but was soon surpassed by Petrangelo when the latter doubled with A-6 against 9-3 suited in a battle of the blinds.

Petrangelo then knocked off David Yan (4th – $273,000) and Dylan Linde (3rd – $362,000) to enter heads-up play with 38 big blinds to the 15 of Spencer. It took just a single hand for him to convert the lead into the title. The chips went in on a JHeart Suit7Club Suit5Club SuitKClub Suit board with Spencer holding 8Club Suit5Heart Suit, which was drawing dead against Petrangelo’s QClub Suit3Club Suit. The river was a mere formality, making Spencer’s elimination in second place official. The British player secured a career-best paydya of $556,000 for his efforts.

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

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Nick Petrangelo $775,000 510
2 Lewis Spencer $556,000 425
3 Dylan Linde $362,000 340
4 David Yan $273,000 255
5 Maher Nouira $212,000 213
6 Isaac Haxton $164,000 170
7 Leon Sturm $130,000 128
8 Steve O’Dwyer $101,000 85
9 Daniel Dvoress $77,000 43

Photo credit: Triton Poker / Joe Giron.