The Germans sweep the Triton SHR! Holz wins the 6-Max and Loeser dominates the Main

The Triton Super High Roller Series headed out to Montenegro for a five-day event at the Maestral Resort & Casino off the exclusive coast of the Adriatic waters. While the gorgeous and romantic surroundings could easily take anyone’s breath away, mindless of the hours spent just staring at such natural beauty, that intimate moment had to wait. The Triton was at hand and every player in attendance knew that this rare event only occurred a few times out of the year.

As usual, the Triton held two highly prestigious events, the fire starter HK$250,000 6-Max followed by the beastly super high roller event of the super high roller series, the HK$1,000,000 Main Event. Last night, the series came to a close with Germany’s Manig Loeser ruling the Main Event while days ago, semi-retired German wunderkid Fedor Holz bagged the 6-Max. Needless to say, the Triton was all about the Germans.

Manig Loeser ships in the HK$1,000,000 Main Event

Manig Loeser - Photo Triton Poker
Manig Loeser – Photo Triton Poker

So let’s get started with the numbers. From a HK$1,000,000 buy-in to a HK$48,921,600 total prize pool, which is roughly US$6,268,665, this massive tally secured eight players out of the 52-strong entry field a nice chunky payout. For Manig Loeser, his winnings dwarfed all others. He took home the sky’s high US$2,162,644 making this his single largest live tournament career score.

To reach such heights, Loeser navigated his way through a sea of the toughest players in the super high roller circuit. Defending champion Koray Aldemir and previous champions Fedor Holz and Wai Kin Yong were among those in the mix and hungry for more belts while David Peters, Paul Phua, Steve O’Dwyer, Dan Cates, and even the ever elusive Tom Durrrr Dwan added to this dynamite group of exclusive players.

By the time the final table of eight was reached, none of those players were in the vicinity however there were other big hurdles to overcome, especially at four-handed, with John Juanda, Peter Chan, and Richard Yong eyeing down the title and the massive first prize attached to it.

Out of the three, it was Yong who gave Loeser the hardest chase. Yong shut down Juanda in 4th place to have a controlling lead at three-handed. And even after Loeser eliminated Chan in 3rd place, giving him a slight edge on Yong entering the heads up round, the Malaysian still found a way to regain the lead momentarily. Kudos to Yong who battled hard but in the end, the limelight was for Loeser who earned his first Triton SHR Main Event title and the breathtaking two mil in cold hard cash.

2017 Triton Super High Roller Series Montenegro Results

Place Player Country Prize (HKD) Prize (USD)
1 Manig Loeser Germany 16,877,600 2,161,520
2 Richard Yong Malaysia 11,252,000 1,440,806
3 Peter Chan Hong Kong 6,849,000 877,026
4 John Juanda Indonesia 4,648,000 595,037
5 Chan Wai Leong Malaysia 3,180,000 407,101
6 Steffen Sontheimer Germany 2,446,000 313,168
7 Antonios Paschalidis Greece 1,957,000 250,554
8 Mikita Badziakouski Belarus 1,712,000 219,256

Fedor Holz retires the rest at the HK$250K 6-Max

Fedor Holz - Photo Triton Poker
Fedor Holz – Photo Triton Poker

And what can we say about Fedor Holz. This incredible German superstar may want us to believe he has semi-retired, but in reality, it seems more like he is retiring players who are obstructing his path, on a road only he knows where it is headed. Two months ago, Holz claimed two titles at the Aria Super High Roller series, and if that’s what retired players do then just days ago, he continued to do some “retiring”, dusting 41 entries and collecting another title, this time at the Triton SHR HK$250K 6-Max.

While the US$444,893 first prize seemed small as compared to his largest ever career win, he is getting very close to inching up another notch in the All Time Money ladder. If he continues to blow away the competition then he may surpass 5th position Phil Ivey in no time. To date, Holz has over US$23.3M in earnings.

Final Result 6-Max Event

Place Winner Country Prize in HK$ Prize in USD
1 Fedor Holz Germany 3,472,200 444,893
2 Su Hao China 2,218,000 284,192
3 Predrag Lekovic Montenegro 1,398,000 179,160
4 Alan Sass USA 964,000 123,537
5 Gabe Patgorski USA 675,000 86,501
6 Richard Yong Malaysia 530,000 67,920
7 Xuan Tan China 386,000 49,466

Article by Triccia David

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Tricia David

Tricia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits in Asia. She spent one year working part time with Poker Portal Asia then became editor and lead writer for all event coverage of the Philippine Poker Tour (PPT). Under the PPT, she overlooked content for their website, and produced live updates on all their events. In addition, she served as the live and online events website content writer for the Asian Poker Tour. Currently, she does live events reporting in Asia for online news site Somuchpoker and is also one of their news contributors.

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