Some first-place prizes are bigger than others, and some are so outrageous you are ready to quit your job to chase them. Wai Kin Yong won one of those crazy-large pots this week at the Triton Super High Roller Series HK$500,000 Main Event in the Philippines when he snagged $2.1 million for his first-place finish.
Only 44 players threw in the $65,000 buy-in, but some familiar names popped up halfway across the globe, including Erik Seidel and boy-wonder Fedor Holz. Nine players returned for the final day, but it wasn’t too long before the first player hit the rail.
Arnaud Romain of France had the second-highest chip count at the start of the final table, but after a flip against Wai Chan, his stack quickly deteriorated. A few hands later, the A, K of Sergio Aido sent him out the door.
That was the first in a series of lucky hands for Aido, who single handedly got the table down to six players after eliminating David Peters and Wai Chan in eighth and seventh place, respectively. Those three eliminations left him with a huge stack going into six-handed play.
Peter Chan was the next to go when he shoved his remaining chips against Bryn Kenney to no avail and scored $301,712 for his sixth-place finish. Then Winfred Yu put his last chips behind a hopeful Q♢, 9♢, but John Juanda dashed his hopes when he paired an eight on the flop.
Aido got back in the groove to bust Juanda in fourth.
Yong finally stepped up to the plate in a big hand against Aido. The eventual winner’s pocket sevens managed to outlast Aido’s A♡, K♡ and the latter relinquished the chip-lead in the process. Aido suffered another hit from Kenney and was eventually eliminated by a 10♧, 8♡ belonging to Yong.
Aido scored $848,577 for third.
When heads-up play began, Yong held a 2-to-1 chiplead over Kenney, who had just over 30 big blinds remaining. The two-man showdown only lasted a few minutes. On the decisive hand, Yong’s K♢, 10♢ started out well ahead of Kenney’s K♡, 9♡. The board drew blanks and the 10 kicker played, giving Kenney $1,401,694 for second-place (and pushing the New Yorker over $10 million in career cashes).
Final table results:
Yong is following in the high-roller footsteps of his father, Richard Yong, who has earned nearly $6 million in cashes.
Featured photo credit: Triton Super High Roller.
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