It was quite the spring for Michael Swiza. The Malaysian poker player has recorded his two biggest career paydays at the tournament in recent months, starting with a career-best $2.2 million payday for the runner-up. Triton Vietnam $100,000 main event in the month of March. He followed that up with the second-highest score on his resume, clearing the $75,000 No-Limit Hold’em event in Cyprus Triton Festival in the amount of $1,735,000. Those two funds alone account for nearly $4 million of his $14.5 million lifetime earnings.
Suiza outlasted a field of 87 entries to claim his final victory, defeating a stacked final table en route to the title. Award win 816 card player Player of the Year points on him, bringing his total points to 2439 points. With four Final Table Finalists, one title, and over $4.2 million to date POY Her earnings, Suiza is now the 22nd female player of the year POY Race order submitted by Global Poker.
This tournament ran from May 16-17 inside the Merit Royal Diamond Hotel & Spa in North Cyprus. The strong turnout resulted in a $6,525,000 prize pool that was split among the top 13 finishers. Day two started with 49 competitors remaining. It took nearly eight hours to determine the unofficial final schedule for nine times, with four times Triton Event winner Mikita Padziakowski led and Swiza was essentially tied for third in chips.
Soyza scored a double elimination to narrow the field to seven, with all chips going on J106 flop. Mikalai Vaskaboinikau Aj for the top pairing with the top kicker, while Artur Martirosian Qs in order to increase the painting. Soyza A had.a In order to increase even more, both of his opponents were also converted. 6 turn and 7 River saw
Vaskaboinikau (ninth place – $182,500) and Martirosian (eighth – $241,500) were eliminated, while Soyza increased the chip count.
It was Martirosyan’s ninth finish at the final table of the year, winning one title and more than $3.2 million at the end of the year. POY Profits accumulated along the way. As a result, it moved up to fifth place in the POY Leaderboards.
Bracelet’s winner World Poker Tour Champion Dylan Linde soon followed to the rails when he got the last seven or more of his big blind with KJ facing four-time winner Michael Adamo’s pocket queens. Queens full of nines secured the pot for the high-stakes Australian star, ending Lindy’s run in seventh place ($310,000).
twice Triton Event winner Matthias Ebbinger was next to lose, as his team lost in the pre-sprint of the Soiza scores. Eibinger took home $391,500 for a sixth-place appearance.
Vyacheslav Boldygin, recent winner of a $50,000 buy-in event, has it all with the plus cards facing pocket dozens again for Soyza. His AJ found no contract at King High and was eliminated in fifth place, earning $502,500 to make what he earned from the series more than $1.9 million.
With that said, Soyza is hugely ahead of the chips in quadruple play with three of the most successful No-Limit Hold’em tournament players in the game: Mikita Badziakouski ($43.3 million in ex-earnings), Dan Smith ($41.7 million in ex-earnings), and Michael Adamo ($25.5 million in ex-earnings).
Smith added $623,000 to his tally when he was sent packing on fourth down. Smith had it all for nearly nine big blinds with 10-8 occasions behind Soyza’s pocket queens. A queen on the flop gave Suiza a set and a huge lead on the hand, which he never gave up. It was Smith’s sixth final table show of the year, with one win and more than $2.3 million in POY acquired so far in 2023. It now ranks 33rd in POY The standings after this last deep race.
Adamo managed to pull off two double slams to give himself some wiggle room, but soon had it all up again with an A-9 behind Suiza’s jacks. He put the ace in the window in front of Addamo briefly, but Jack behind him gave Soyza a combo and a chokehold on his hand. A void at the corner officially left Adamo for dead. He earned $796,000 in third place.
The confrontation began with Swiza taking a more than 5:1 lead over Badziakouski. Badziakowski managed to force his way back into the game, then grabbed AJ against the A-10 and held onto him almost to the court. Shortly thereafter, the final hand of the event was dealt.
Badziakouksi entered from the button with 76 Swiza increased the big blind by 105. The flip came down J.108 And Swayze examined her middle husband. Badziakouski nearly made a third bunt and called out Soyza. Bring in the role 8 Swiza checked again. Badziakouski unleashed another barrel, this time with a volume roughly half the size of the pot. Soyza commented and brought the river 2. Badziakowski moved all-in for 4.1m and after some consideration, Soiza made the call to win the aggregate and the title.
Badziakouski earned $1,200,000 as runner-up. It was his third seven-figure score of the month. He finished second in Monte Carlo European Poker Tour 100,000 Euros from the high roller for $1,080,543 on May 1st. He now has more than $3.8 million to date POY His earnings were secured across five final rounds in 2023. As a result, he moved to 18th place in the 2023 World Championships POY Categories.
Here is a look at payments and POY Points from the final table:
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