Santhosh Suvarna is the first champion to be decided in 2023 Triton Super High Roller Series North Cyprus festival. The high-stakes player from India cleared a field of 158 entries in the $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em “GG Super Millions” event, earning $700,000 and his first live tournament title for the win.
“I am so happy,” Suvarna said. Triton Reporters after it’s all over. “Finally, I won this tournament.”
It was Suvarna’s biggest cashout to date, topping the $628,000 he earned in fourth place in the $75,000 buy event at Triton Vietnam series earlier this year. He now has nearly $1.5 million in earnings on record to his name.
In addition to the title and money, Suvarna was also awarded 1008 card player Player of the Year_ Points after rising to the top. This was his second final table match of the year. With a total of 1,416 points, Suvarna now sits inside the top 90 in 2023. POY Race order submitted by Global Poker.
The event ran over two days at the Merit Royal Diamond Hotel & Spa in North Cyprus. The final day started with 29 remaining and 23 ready to cash. Karim Rabbi started the day on top of the leaderboard, but eventually ended up taking 11th place for $77,000. Plenty of other notables made money but weren’t able to make it to the final table, including four-time bracelet winner Adrien Matthaus (23rd place), World Poker Tour Champion and bracelet winner Dylan Linde (22), Patrick Antonius (21), 2020 WSOP Connected Main Event Champion Stoyan Madanzev (20), 2022 Triton Madrid Main Event Champion Henrik Hicklin (12), 2023 Triton Vietnam $75,000 event winner Orpen Kisacikoglu (10th).
Christopher Butz (9th – $91,600) was the first to fall to the final table, with his A-5 making it to the 2010 AQ EPT The grand finale Main event winner Nicolas Schoeti. Alex Boyka soon followed suit, losing his pocket threes an earlier race to AK fit Sam Greenwood. Boika earned $115,000 in eighth place.
The next big showdown was a triple threat with Sam Greenwood being pushed off the button with an A.J.10Tobias Schwecht calls out from the small curtain to four large curtains with K.8 And Salah al-Din Bedir wakes up with KK On the big blind and call all in the last 10 big blind. Double plate doubled and Kings held on to win the whole pot, eliminating Schwecht to seventh place ($156,400) in the process.
Robert Heidorn’s run in the event ended when his AJ was beaten by Greenwood’s proper KQ. Chips entered after the flop with Heidorn hoping for an ace or a heart to complete the tie, while Greenwood carried the higher pair. Heidorn was unassisted in subsequent streets and lost to sixth place ($211,300).
Greenwood was left very short after his A-5 suits lost a comprehensive showdown against eight-pocket Suvarna. Covering Suvarna with a big blind, Greenwood was sent to the rail moments later when the A-9 soared into a flight of sevens for Shwetey. Greenwood earned $272,500 as the fifth-place finisher. He now has nearly $32.3 million in lifetime tournament earnings, good for second on the all-time money list for his native Canada. Earlier this year, Greenwood was awarded $3,276,760 as the champion in a $250,000 high roller buy at PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. With two titles, five Final Table Finals, and $4.1 million to date POY With its earnings, Greenwood is now the 55th-ranked competitor POY Leaderboards.
Igor Yaroshevskyy spent most of day two as one of the big groups, but he slid down the leaderboard late on the final table and was eventually dispatched squashed into fourth place ($339,500). He took the last 12 blinds of a big blind with six pocket offenses racing against Suvarna’s KJ, who had started to run away with the lead. Jack on the flop gave Suvarna the lead, and King on the turn left Yaroshevsky one yard short of the elimination. The river was an empty space and Suvarna extended his chip advantage heading into a three-handed play.
After a few hands, the final three agree to discuss the chop. In the end, a deal was struck that redistributed the remaining prize money as follows:
Santhosh Suvarna – $700,000
Nicola Schwitty – $636,000
Salah El-Din Badir- $620,000
The agreement also stated that Suvarna, as the chip pioneer, would secure the title and award. Al-Shuwaiti was officially the second-place finisher, while Bdeir finished third. They played briefly, but things were sealed three-way, with Suvarna making the nut flush to bring in all the chips and seal out the tournament.
Here is a look at payments and POY Points awarded at the final table:
|3||Salahuddin Bedir||620 thousand dollars||672|
Image credits: Triton Poker / Joe Giron.