Addamo and Phua triumph at opening Triton SHR Series Madrid events

Michael Addamo

The Triton Super High Roller Madrid Series festival kicked off over the weekend and two stellar names won the first pair of events. Michael Addamo won the €20,000 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed tournament, while Paul Phua triumphed in the €30,000 No-Limit Hold’em 7-Handed Event.

The €20,000 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed event attracted 56 unique participants who bought 34 re-entires between them, creating a prize pool of €1,800,000. Thirteen places have been paid for, with Ni Liangace, Jeremy Ausmus, Cristobal Hidalgo, Andrei Lyubovetskyand Norway Morten Klein cashing in but missed out on a place at the final table.

spain Fernando Garcia was the first finalist to withdraw; he collected €66,600 for his eighth place finish. Then came the releases of Danny Tang (€85,600) and Dusk Till Dawn supremo Rob Yung (€108,000), the latter claiming the tournament’s first six-figure win.

Paul Phua (€138,500), wayne heung (€172,200), and Tom Kim (€219,500) are the next high-stakes specialists who have been left behind. Kim’s elimination left Michael Addamo face to face Natural8 Ambassador Michael Soyza.

The final hand took place at the 150,000/300,000/300,000a level and saw Soyza move all-in for 2,500,000 with queen-two of diamonds. Addamo did some math before calling with an ace-four off suit. A king-high flop kept Addamo ahead with ten on the turn changing nothing. A second seven on the river beat Soyza into second place (€332,000), leaving Addamo to take home a top prize of €478,000, giving him plenty of ammunition for the rest of the series.

Addamo revealed in an interview shortly after the event concluded that he was in Madrid for the entire two-week festival but would only be playing regular No-Limit Hold’em events; there is no Short Deck for the Australian superstar.

Triton Super High Roller Series Madrid €20,000 NLH 8-Handed Final Table Results

Place Player Country Price
1 Michael Addamo Australia €478,000
2 Michael Soyza Malaysia €332,000
3 Tom Kim South Korea €219,500
4 wayne heung hong kong €172,000
5 Paul Phua Malaysia €138,500
6 Rob Yung UK €108,000
7 Danny Tang hong kong €85,600
8 Fernando Garcia Spain €66,600

Phua finally gets his hands on a title in the Triton Super High Roller series

Paul Phua
Paul Phua

Triton Poker founder Paul Phua managed to shake off an unwanted title when he left 92 opponents (56 unique entrants plus 37 re-entries) in his wake in the €30,000 No-Limit Hold’em 7-Handed Event. Phua had cashed in 20 times in Triton events but never managed to land one. That record is now a thing of the past as Phua won for the first time and was awarded €740,400 for his efforts.

The top 13 finalists walked away with cash prizes to show off their grind. Fedor Holz was the first player in the money. Christophe Soyza, Kevin PaqueDanny Tang, Patrick Antoineand the legendary Phil Ivey joins Holz as a spectator.

Ivey’s untimely demise set the official seven-man final table, and what a final table it was.

canadian duo Michael Watson (€132,500) and Daniel Dvoress (€167,400) are the first victims. Then came the elimination of the British star Ben Heath (€214,800) before Thailand Kannapong Thanarattrakul retired in fourth position for €266,500, which is by far his biggest live tally. Thanarattrakul lost all but two big blinds with queens against Erik SeidelThe king-queen courtesy of the latter turning a straight line. The Thai crusher broke soon after.

Isaac Haxton fell to third for €340,300, leaving eight-time WSOP bracelet winner Seidel head-to-head with Phua.

The final hand saw Phua hold a 16,250,000 to 1,850,000 lead over Seidel with the big blind costing 500,000. Phua put Seidel all-in with an ace-five, and Seidel called with seventeen. A five-six-nine gave Seidel some hope, but another nine on the turn didn’t help. A queen on the river sent Seidel to the rail and Phua finally won one of her events!

A delighted Phua said winning a Triton event was “indescribable” and “a dream come true”. Congratulations!

Triton Super High Roller Series Madrid €30,000 NLH 7-Man Final Table Results

Place Player Country Price
1 Paul Phua Malaysia €740,400
2 Erik Seidel United States €514,800
3 Isaac Haxton United States €340,300
4 Kannapong Thanarattrakul Thailand €266,500
5 Benjamin Heath UK €214,800
6 Daniel Dvoress Canada €167,400
7 Michael Watson Canada €132,500

Remaining calendar of the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Madrid

Date Event
mon 16 may #3 – €20,000 Short Deck Ante-Only Day 2
#5 – €25,000 Short Deck Ante-Only
Tue, May 17 #6 – €50K NLH 7-Handed
Wed 18 May #7 – €75K NLH 8-Handed
Thu 19 May #8 – €50,000 Short Deck Ante-Only
Fri, May 20 #9 – €100,000 NLH Main Event
#10 – €50K NLH 8-Handed Turbo
Sun 22 May #11 – Pot Limit Omaha €25,000
mon 23 may #12 – €100,000 Short Deck Ante-Only
Tue, May 24 #13 – €150,000 Short Deck Ante-Only
Wed 25 May #14 – €30,000 Short Deck Ante-Only Turbo