The Pinnacle: Triton Player of the Year to Win HKD 2m; SHRB Heading to Russia; Tsoukernik €1.3m Slots Win

It’s time for Twitter’s undertow to drag us under the high stakes seas in another episode of The Pinnacle, beginning down under at the Aussie Millions.

Jorryt van Hoof continues to impress in the live tournament scene after taking down the 59-entrant AUD 25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO) for $322,551. Stephen Chidwick finished fifth, and Farid Jattin sneaked into the money in seventh. 

The series didn’t have time to blink before Jattin had turned a seventh into a first after the Colombian conquered the 169-entrant field in the AUD 25,000 NLHE Challenge. A whole mass of high rollers ventured deep in that one including George Wolff (2nd), Steve O’Dwyer (3rd), Sam Greenwood (4th) and Yake Wu (9th). 

Toby Lewis earned his second gold ring in three successive years. The man from Southampton in the UK won the Main Event in 2018, and the AUD 50,000 NLHE Challenge in 2019. Last week, Lewis took down the 258-entrant AUD 2,500 NLHE Shot-Clock 6-Max event.

Finally, Michael Addamo showed no mercy in winning the AUD 50,000 No-Limit Hold’em (NLHE) Challenge, defeating a record 82-entrants to bank the $741,752 first prize. 

It wasn’t the only honour for Addamo last week. The Australian Poker Hall of Fame (APHoF) handed him the Young Achiever Award. Fellow high stakes battler, Kahle Burns, made it into the APHoF, as did the World Poker Tour (WPT) anchor, Lynn Gilmartin.

Australia continues to be a high stakes paradise with the AUD 100,000 NLHE Challenge scheduled for next week, as well as Poker Central’s Australian Poker Open and Super High Roller Bowl (SHRB) Australia.

Super High Roller Bowl Russia; MILLIONS Super High Roller Series; Yong $100k HU Challenge 

After Australia, Cary Katz and his team take the SHRB to Russia, for the wealthiest tournament in Russian poker history. 

The $250k buy-in event takes place as part of the inaugural partypoker MILLIONS Super High Roller Series March 6 – 15, 2020, at the Casino Sochi.

The schedule is still under wraps, but we know the plan is for eight events ranging between $25,000 and $250,000, including a $100,000 Short-Deck event hosted by Triton.

One man who will be in Sochi; skis in hand, is Rob Yong. The partypoker associate was in a grand mood last week, promising the winner of partypoker’s $215 buy-in, $1m GTD MILLION, the opportunity to face him online or live in a head-up match with $100k going to his opponent if he or she can beat him. 

Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Player of the Year; GPI Short-Lists; I am High Stakes Poker

The next big series on the horizon is the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Jeju Feb 10-22, and last week Triton released plans to create a Player of the Year (PoY) leaderboard for the forthcoming season. 

Triton players earn points during 2020 events in Jeju, Montenegro, London, and a yet unspecified location, with the winner picking up an HKD 2m (USD 257,000) first prize – making it the richest PoY Leaderboard in history.

The Global Poker Index (GPI) has recognised Triton’s recent emergence as a poker powerhouse with several Triton related personnel and initiatives making the semi-finals of the 2019 Global Poker Awards shortlists.

Paul Phua: Industry Person of the Year
Lex Veldhuis: Broadcaster of the Year & Streamer of the Year
Luca Vivaldi: Tournament Director of the Year
I am High Stakes Poker: Media Content of the Year (Video)
Triton Million: A Helping Hand for Charity: Event of the Year

Bits & Bobs

Chance Kornuth leads the final six-players in the WPT Gardens Poker Championship. The final table is on hiatus until March 31, when it resumes at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas.

Here are the seat draw:

Seat 1: Straton Wilhelm – 435,000
Seat 2: Markus Gonsalves – 2,370,000
Seat 3: Qing Liu – 795,000
Seat 4: Tuan Pham – 2,070,000
Seat 5: Jonathan Cohen – 1,615,000
Seat 6: Chance Kornuth – 2,995,000

There is $554,495 and a seat in the $15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions up top. 

Former Triton Champion, Manig Loeser has teamed up with Aylar Lie and the legend, Viktor Blom, to do some promotional work with the real money social poker app, Pokio. 

Fans of interviews will love this lot.

Igor Kurganov on ‘I am High Stakes Poker.’

Fedor Holz on the ‘Chasing Poker Greatness’ podcast.

Sam Trickett in the LADbible –

Alex ‘Kanupoker’ Millar on the Joey Ingram Podcast

We’ll leave you with two very different tactics when it comes to improving your high stakes nous. 

Right-handed Daniel ‘Jungleman’ Cates is going to try and use his left hand, in a bid to improve mental abilities associated with his right brain.

When it comes to bankroll management, Leon Tsoukernik does things a tad differently, winning €1.3m on the €1k per spin slot machines of an Austrian casino last week. 

And that’s a wrap for this week’s Pinnacle.