On Saturday, September 17, co-founder of Triton Poker Ivan Leow, 39, died suddenly of an apparent heart attack. Leow’s passing came during the hugely successful Triton Cyprus. As a result, all remaining Triton Cyprus events, which began on September 5 and were due to run until the 19th, have been canceled so that those attending have the opportunity to “mourn his passing together”.
“Ivan was a hugely popular member of the Triton family. He was warm, generous and extremely fun both at and off the tables – a loyal friend to us all. He was also a fantastic poker player, with a passion for always for the game,” Triton Poker said in a statement.
“Ivan was a very special person, who lived life to the fullest, always smiled and loved poker. He will be sincerely missed by his family, friends and all who had the pleasure of meeting him.”
An incredible poker CV since 2015
According to The Hendon Mob, Leow had just over $13.1 million in lifetime tournament earnings since 2015. That puts him third on Malaysia’s all-time earning list behind only Paul Phua and Richard Yon.
Leow’s biggest score of $2.46 million came in August 2021 when he finished second Wiktor Malinowski in the Merit Poker Super High Roller Bowl Europe. In 2018, when Leow won an incredible $5,691,986 in tournament play, he won the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Europe €100,000 High Roller de Leon for $1,422,140, less than two months after landing the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Russia Super High Roller for $1,133,555.
At Triton Poker stops, Leow made a dozen final tables and won the 2018 Triton Poker Jeju HK $500,000 Short Deck for $1,079,367,
“It immediately made him one of the most well-known and beloved poker players in his native Malaysia, and far beyond,” Triton Poker said.
Leow’s last win came less than two weeks ago when he finished 12th in the Triton Poker Cyprus Event #1: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $59,000.
While he was used to playing high roller tournaments, which tend to have smaller fields, Leow reached the final table 44 times in his 51 documented tournament wins! In fact, his “worst” finish was taking 63rd out of 771 runners for $5,386 in Event #19 of the European Poker Tour (EPT) Barcelona 2018: €2,200 NLH.
The final table of Event #12: $50,000 Short Deck Ante Only was postponed following Leow’s death.
“Due to unforeseen circumstances, the start of today’s broadcast has been delayed. We will update with a new start time. Stay tuned,” Triton officials announced.
Additionally, the last two tournaments in the series – Event #13: $100,000 Main Event and Event #14: $25,000 – have both been cancelled.
PokerNews sends its condolences to the friend and family of Ivan Leow, who in a relatively short period of time left his mark on the game of poker.
Editor’s note: Leow’s age at the time of his death was 39. The title originally stated 41 years old and has been changed.
American editor, co-host of the PokerNews podcast and winner of the 2013 WSOP bracelet.