Aaron Zang wins Triton Poker Vietnam’s $100,000 Short Deck Main Event
Aaron Zang made his name in poker history books back in 2019 when he won the biggest buy-in poker tournament of all time. Zang won the buy-in of £1,050.00 triton million Charity invitation no-limit hold’em event where he made a deal before the heads-up game that took home over $16.8 million for the win. Incredibly, this was Zang’s first-ever live tournament victory. This week, Zang secured his second career win in another triton Case. This time, Zang outlasted a field of 49 entries in 2023 Triton Super High Roller Series Vietnam $100,000 buy-in Short Deck Main Event, $1,544,000 for victory.
Zang now has nearly $21.9 million in tournament earnings, with more than $19.5 million of that triton Trip.
In that most recent title run, Zang also secured 600 card player Player of the Year Points. This was his first POY-Qualifying Score of the Year, but that alone was enough to put him within striking distance of the top 250 in 2023 POY Race presented by Global Poker.
This tournament was held over the course of two days at the Hoiana Resort & Golf in Quang Nam, Vietnam, with the number of entries reduced from 49 participants to just 17 by the end of the first day. Day 2 started with four late entries into the field with 21 candidates.
By the time the official seven-player final table was settled, Zang had established himself as the clear chip leader. five time triton Trophy winner Jason Koon (7th – $257,000) was the first to be sent to the rails at the final table, with his pocket jacks racing against Kiat Lee’s pocket kings. This was Koon’s fourth final table finish of the series and year. With 1,043 points and over $1.4 million to date POY Result, Koon now sits within the top 100 in the POY rankings. With $43,336,912 in career earnings, Koon now sits only seventh on the all-time poker list, just $533,296 behind sixth-place Erik Seidel.
Paul Phua’s run ended when his AQ was unable to match against Michael Zhang’s Q-10 suited. The board brought two tens to give Zhang rides that were good on the river. Phua took home $318,000 in sixth place, surpassing his career earnings of $27 million.
four times triton Champion Mikita Badziakouski moved all in with pocket queens to Zhang’s A-7 suited, which turned into a straight with the nut flush redraw on the flop. The turn and river gave Zhang the lead, and Badziakouski was sent to the rails in fifth ($416,000). With nearly $41.2 million in earnings, Badziakouski ranks eighth in tournament earnings, just below Koon.
Zang scored the next knockout when he defeated Philip Chiu’s pocket kings 10-9 after the chips went in before the flop. Zang hit a queen high straight on the river to eliminate Chiu in fourth place ($540,000). In the following hand, Lee moved all in with A-9 and faced Zhang’s K-10. The flop brought three sevens to keep Lee’s ace up, but a ten on the turn gave Zhang a full house. The river improved him to an even better one, giving him sevens full of kings for the win. Lee earned $710,000 for his fourth final table finish of the series. With 1,988 points and $1,934,932 in POY Result, Lee has climbed to 20th place on the POY leaderboard.
With that, Zhang put 7,950,000 into heads-up play with Zang holding 6,750,000. Zang won a big hand with a flopped straight against Zhang’s two pair to extend his lead just before the final hand of the event was dealt. The chips all came in preflop, Zang held AJ compared to the AK by Zhang. The J108th8th9 Runout gave Zang jacks and eights with an ace-kicker to secure the pot and the title. Zhang earned $1,115,000 in runner-up, the largest live tournament result of his career.
Here’s a look at the payouts and POY Points awarded at the final table:
Photo credit: Triton Poker / Joe Giron.
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