Barbero, Arends win Triton Vietnam title as $100,000 Main Event begins


Southeast Asia is home to many of the world’s best high-stakes poker players 2023 Triton Super High Roller Series Vietnama series of more than a dozen events with buy-ins ranging from $15,000 to $100,000.

The series launched on March 1st and has presented some seven-figure awards. Vietnamese native Dao Phu removed Event #6: $50,000 NLH 8-Handed for 1.7 million dollars in Turkey Orpen Kisacikoglu kept winning Event #7: $75,000 NLH 8-Handed for $1.8 million.

The two are the series’ biggest winners so far, but other notable high rollers to home trophies include Argentina’s Nacho Barbero (Event #2: $15,000 NLH 7-Handed – $600,000), Jan Arends the Netherlands (Event #5: $30,000 NLH 7-Handed – $921,178) and Triton newcomer Andrew Lederem (Event #8: $25,000 Turbo NLH – $670,000)

The $ is currently runningMain Event with a buy-in of 100,000, which started on March 8th and will be played for three days when players start with 250 big blinds. Watch the live stream on the Triton Poker YouTube channel to join.

Highlights of the early series

Barbero’s victory came early in the series when he defeated Arends heads-up after edging through a field of 172 runners including third-place finisher Brian Kim ($271,000) and fourth-place finisher Lee Wai Kiat ($222,000).

In January, Barbero finished fourth in the 2023 PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship for a career-best $1.5 million. But it wasn’t the result he was hoping for as he went into the final day as the chip leader before a colossal miss gave up the chip lead Aliaksandr Shylkowho won the tournament for $3.1 million.

There were no misses this time as Barbero secured the $600,000 win.

Event #2: $15,000 NLH 7-Handed Final Table Results

1 Jose Ignacio Barbero Argentina $600,000
2 Jan Arends Netherlands $406,000
3 brian kim United States $271,000
4 Kiat Lee Malaysia $222,000
5 Alekseys Ponakovs Latvia $178,000
6 Alex Kulev Bulgaria $138,000
7 Seth Davis United States $102,100

After finishing second to Barbero and becoming the best of his career at $406,000, Arends, an accomplished high-stakes online player and poker coach, quickly set a new high when he won the $30,000 7-handed event after a three-handed ICM for $921,178 won chop with Lee and Jonathan Jaffewho earned $851,932 and ($766,890) respectively.

The event had a $5.1 million prize pool and a field of 171 runners, including Americans Kim (4th place – $441,000) and Seth Davis (5th – $353,700). Kayhan Mokria new guest on the PokerNews podcastplaced ninth for $119,000 and placed 21st in the $20,000 Mystery Bounty Event for $19,700 when he succeeded on his first Triton stop.

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Event #5: $30,000 NLH 7-Handed Final Table Results

1 Jan Arends Netherlands $921,178
2 Kiat Lee Malaysia $851,932
3 Jonathan Jaffe United States $766,890
4 brian kim United States $441,000
5 Seth Davis United States $353,700
6 Bye thing China $275,000
7 Oscar Brodkin England $203,000

Triton Vietnam’s biggest winner to date is Kisacikoglu, who edged through a field of 85 runners to win $1.8 million, almost equal to his biggest career cash, which came with a runner-up finish at the €100,000 Triton Madrid Main Event in 2022 for $2.1 million.

Orpen Kisacikoglu
Orpen Kisacikoglu

Recently named 2023 Players Choice for Toughest Opponent, Stephen Chidwick finished second for $1.2 million just weeks after back-to-back wins European Poker Tour (EPT) Paris €25,000 events.

Steve O’Dwyer finished third for $816,000 while featuring familiar Triton faces Jason Koon (6th – $389,000) and Punnat Punsri (7th – $306,000) also made the final table.

Event #7: $75,000 NLH 8-Handed Final Table Results

1 Orpen Kisacikoglu Turkey $1,753,000
2 Stephen Chidwick England $1,245,000
3 Steve O’Dwyer Ireland $816,000
4 Santhosh Suvarna India $628,000
5 Henrik Heckler Denmark $497,500
6 Jason Koon United States $389,000
7 Punnat Punsri Thailand $306,000
8th Rob Yong England $239,000

There’s still plenty of action at Triton Vietnam, including the $100,000 Main Event currently underway. Short deck events make up the majority of the remainder of the schedule, and the series concludes with them Event #15: $20,000 Short Deck Ante only on March 13.

Remaining schedule of Triton Super High Roller Series 2023 in Vietnam

8th of March Event #9: $100,000 NLH Main Event
9th March Event #10: $50,000 NLH Turbo
March 10th Event #11: $25,000 Short Deck Ante only
March 11 Event #12: $50,000 Short Deck Ante Only
March 12th Event #13: $100,000 Short Deck Main Event Ante only
March 13th Event #15: $20,000 Short Deck Ante only

For a full list of previous Triton Super High Roller Series Vietnam 2023 winners, see the table below.

Previous winners of the Triton Super High Roller Series Vietnam 2023

1st March Event #1: $25,000 NLH GG Super Millions 166 $4,150,000 Chin Lim Malaysia $965,000
2nd March Event #2: $15,000 NLH 7-Handed 172 $2,580,000 Nacho Barbero Argentina $600,000
3 March Event #3: $20,000 NLH 8-Handed Mystery Bounty 89 $1,790,000 Mark Rubbathan England $396,000
4th of March Event #5: $30,000 NLH 7-Handed 171 $5,130,000 Jan Arends Netherlands $921,178
5. March Event #6: $50,000 NLH 8-Handed 139 $6,950,000 Dao Phu Vietnam $1,670,000
6th March Event #7: $75,000 NLH 8-Handed 85 $6,375,000 Orpen Kisacikoglu Turkey $1,753,000
7th March Event #8: $25,000 Turbo NLH 104 $2,600,000 Andrew Lederem England $670,000

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