Espen Jorstad took down his first big event since he won the 2022 World Series of Poker Main Event at the Triton Poker Series London, and he did it with style by denying Phil Ivey his fourth Triton title.
So far three events are in the book, with Fedor Holz and Lucas Greenwood the winners of the first two “super” high-roller contests that are part of the Grosvenor House London. They’re part of a 17-event series with buy-ins ranging from $26,500 to the $262,000 invitational event that starts Thursday.
Jorstad tops insane final three
The $40,000 Mystery Bounty event brought in 90 punters who reentered 43 times, building a prize pool north of $2.6 million. The top 20 cashed at least $34,000, and includes Dan Shak (14th), Ben Heath (12th), and Christoph Vogelsang (13th). They all got $42,600.
Ivey made an amazing fold right on the bubble holding trip kings — but somehow he knew he was out-kicked.
But the final three was a perfectly cut diamond: Joining Ivey and Jorstad was the UK’s own Stephen Chidwick. That’s more than $100 million in cashes between the three ($39 million for Ivey, $49 million for Chidwick, and $11 million for Jorstad).
All three players held the chip lead at one point, but Jorstad happened to have the cards in the right moments and knocked out both of the high rollers for a $639,000 payday, his second-largest tournament cash behind the $10 million he won at the WSOP Main Event. He also has a $603,000 cash for winning the $5,000 WSOP online event in 2021.
“Playing heads up against Ivey, the biggest legend of the game in my opinion, just makes it even more special,” Jorstad told a Triton reporter. “I’m extremely grateful for all the rungood I’ve had in the last three years. It’s insane.”
The players may get even richer. The mystery bounty envelops will be drawn today. You could be sure those who managed some knock-outs are paying attention: There’s one worth $400,000.
Holz holds on for win
Fedor Holz pushed his lifetime tournament winnings against the $40 million mark with a victory in the$26,500 7-handed hold’em event that brought in 83 (37 rebuys) who generated a prize pool of $3 million.
“I think it gives a lot of confidence if you win a tournament,” Holz told Triton a tournament reporter. “I think you just believe more in your decision-making, so I’m super excited for the rest of the week. I think I’ll have a lot of fun.”
He had to defeat Chris Brewer heads-up for his third Triton title. The two made a deal, which resulted in the following payouts:
Brewer is having an amazing year. He scored his biggest victory in the $250,000 WSOP Super High Roller Shot Clock event for $5.2 million. It happened four months after he scored his first $1 million cash in the $50,000 EPT Paris high roller event.
Greenwood wins gold (trophy)
Lucas Greenwood won a career-best $870,000 in the $26,500 8-handed event. He was part of a field of 107 (55 rebuys) who built a prize pool just a tick north of $4 million.
It pushed his lifetime winnings total over the $5 million mark by $700,000.
But Lucas is only one Triton trophy behind Sam, who won an event in March of this year, with his first coming last September.
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