Jason Kuhn was already the all-time leader in titles won on high stakes Triton Booker a trip. Now, thanks to his record-breaking sixth victory, he has a two-win advantage over his closest competition in four Triton Champion Mikyta Padziakowski.
Koon’s most recent victory on the high roller-based tour saw him defeat him in a field of 138 entries in the $20,000 No-Limit Hold’em event in 2023 Triton Super High Roller Series Cyprus festival. For the win, the 37-year-old American poker professional was awarded prize money of $663,000, bringing his career total to $44 million. As a result, he now sits seventh on the all-time poker money list, just under $45,000 behind current player Eric Seidel who is sixth.
Kuhn said when asked about his amazing results in Triton Booker event broadcast. “I think one of the biggest things is that I’ve been doing it for a very long time. I’ve been playing with the same group of guys for a very long time. There are some new faces in this smaller event, but I’ve been playing with the same competition for years and years. You start to download a good bit of people. And you can make good decisions.”
Koon scored 792 card player Player of the Year indicates that he is the champion of this event. It was his second title and fifth ranking final of the year. With 1,835 total points and earnings to date of over $2 million, Kuhn climbed inside the top 50 in 2023. POY Race order submitted by Global Poker.
The event was held at the Merit Royal Diamond Hotel & Spa in North Cyprus. It took two days to knock out the winner, with 28 competitors advancing to the second day and only 20 winning the money. Koon entered the second day in the fourth chip position and had worked his way up to third place by the time the field had narrowed to the official final table of seven.
Short stack Ian Bradley lost a flip with QJ against Artur Martirosyan to finish seventh ($115,900).
Despite getting that knockout, Martirosian was ultimately the next to be knocked out. The hand in question was a battle of blinds between the second and third largest piles, starting with a Martirosian raise from the mini blind with pocket queens. Koon bet three of the big blind with the Pocket Kings and quickly connected when Martirosian pushed the four-bet. Neither player improved on the double board, and Koon rose to the top of the chip count while Martirosian slid towards the bottom of the chip count. Not long after that, he had it all with three pockets to Koon’s four and was sent to the rails with $154,400 for a sixth-place appearance. Martirosian jumped to eighth place in the POY The ranking then made it seventh in the final table for the year. He has won one title and has earned close to $2.8 million in POY Earnings so far in 2023.
Adrian Mateos was left as the shortest clear aggregate after Martirosian’s liquidation. The four-time bracelet winner eventually took it all with a proper Q-6 and was called out by two opponents. They ended up cutting the pot with the pair’s high and two low balls not played, breaking Matthaeus’s fifth in the process. Matthews earned $197,300 for his most recent outing. It was his ninth finish at the final table of the year, with nearly $3.4 million POY Profits accumulated along the way. As a result, Mateos now occupies the 11th position in the POY Leaderboards.
Edward Parseghian’s career came to a close in the event when he couldn’t beat Kanan Tahrkhani’s swinging Broadway draw. Neither player improved on the turn or river and Parseghian was knocked out in fourth place ($245,500).
the ruler card player Player of the Year winner Stephen Chedwick faced Cone in a huge pot early in three-hand play, turning a pair of low-acting pocket dozens into a bluff on a double board with four hearts. Koon had turned the flights around and flushed the second nut, and despite that, eventually called a healthy Chidwick River bluff to leave the British tournament star with a few big blinds.
Chedwick quickly committed all but 1/5 of his mini blind with a suitable A-7. Koon connected with pocket bumps and faded draws, straight draws, and cards into the checked bowl to leave Chedwick in a smokescreen. His last chip entered with Q-5 leading 5-4 fitting Taherkhani, but the A-3-2 flop gave Taherani the wheel and a huge lead into the hand. Chedwick was officially eliminated in third place with $298,000 after the role and River failed to earn it. The 34-year-old now has a net worth of over $48.1 million, good for fourth on the money list. He also scored 528 POY Point to his seventh final schedule of the year. With three titles and more than $2.9 million in POY So far in 2023, Chedwick has moved up to 13th in the standings.
With this, Koon took an approximate 4:1 lead into his singles match with Tahrkhani. The early move largely went Tahrukhani’s way, but Conn still had a huge chip advantage when the final hand of the tournament was dealt. Koon entered from the button with 65. Tahrani stirred from the big blind Q4 And Kun made the call. The flip came down to K.84. Tahrani examined the pair of bottoms and examined Kuhn behind him. 7 In contrast, Tahrkhani gave a flush draw to go with his doubles and bet 1,450,000 in a pot of 1,800,000. Koon called his straight nut and brought the river Q To redeem Tahrkhani’s queens. He cranked it all up for 5,950,000 and Koon summoned the snap with eight unbeatable straight heights to book the pot and title record. Tahrkhani earned $451,200 as runner-up.
Here is a look at payments and POY Points awarded at the final table:
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