Unexpected high roller action springs up in Incheon – Ivan Leow wins US$118,000

One Super High Roller event which was not officially scheduled has popped up during the WPT Korea. Malaysian businessman and owner of the Triton brand, Richard Yong landed on Thursday evening with a group of players looking for higher stakes. The WPT festival has already attracted some of the finest talents in the Asia – Pacific area, and so it was relatively easy to get a game together. In the end, it was Malaysia’s Ivan Leow who succeeded in claiming  the victory.

SHR1 Victory Moment
Ivan Leow

The action kicked off with a buy in set at KRW15,500,000 (approx. $14,000). 20 players bought in, creating a prize pool of KRW294,000,000 (US$263,547).

The 20 entries into the event helped to generate a prize pool of KRW 294,000,000 (USD263,547.48). Richard Yong and those who had flown in had to face some of the most well-known pros on the Asian poker circuit. Sparrow Cheung, Danny Tang and Victor Chong were all involved.

Michael Soyza and Pete Chen, who have been committed to playing more high buy-in events in recent months were also happy to join the action.

Four players made it to the money, Danny Tang took 4th place, and Michael Soyza 3rd, letting Ivan Leow and Pete Chen battle it out heads up

With the event getting started in the early evening, heads up play led to a late night, and both players decided to resume play the next day.

Ivan Leow started the match with a slight lead, which he eventually managed to convert, but Pete Chen provided stern resistance. The heads up battle was lengthy, but Leow eventually managed to overpower his opponent.

SHR 1 Team Victory Pictures
Ivan Leow and Team Malaysia

Final Payouts

1st – Ivan Leow – KRW132,300,000 (US$118,724)
2nd – Pete Chen – KRW79,380,000 (US$71,234)
3rd Michael Soyza – KRW49,980,000 (US$44,851)
4th Danny Tang – KRW32,340,000 (US$29,021)

A great year for Ivan Leow

This event caps off a great year for Ivan Leow, who gave his career winnings tally a huge boost last month by winning the Triton Super High Roller event in Sochi for US$1,133,555.

This huge result came just a few weeks after he had bagged another seven-figure score of US$1,079,367 in the Short-Deck event at the Triton Super High Roller Series in Jeju. This preceded a US$451,076 win in another event during the same festival.

Leow’s fantastic summer has come in the wake of three quickfire six-figure scores which he collected back in May. He now occupies 4th spot on Malaysia’s all-time money list with career earnings of US$3,729,665.

Article by Craig Bradshaw