The Triton Super High Roller Series has a habit of attracting some of the international poker circuit’s best and brightest and the Triton SHR Montenegro 6-Max Event was no exception.
The 6-Max event saw 38 entries (including re-entries) pony up the HK$250,000 ($32,000) buy-in, each receiving 50,000 in chips with which to battle it out at the baize, with 25 eager entrants successfully circumnavigating the tournament minefield to return for Day 2 on Monday 17 July.
After nine 40-minute levels, it was the USA’s Benjamin Wu who emerged on top, bagging up an impressive 152,000 in chips. Wu seized the lead toward the close of play after winning two sizable pots from Belarusian Mikita Badziakouski during the last two levels of the day.
Xuan Tan is the man hot on Wu’s heels with a stack of 135,300, dominating much of the Day 1 action and holding the chip lead for the majority of the day before losing two last minute pots to Germany’s Fedor Holz at the close of play.
The man rounding out the top three is none other than high rolling big hitter Steve O’Dwyer who bagged up a very respectable 129,100 in chips after busting the unfortunate Tony Cheng midway through the last level of the day.
O’Dwyer is currently sitting in seventh place on the Global Poker Index with Germany’s Fedor Holz the only other player in the GPI top 100 (Holz is sitting in 21st) still remaining in the field, with the German player returning for Day 2 with 101,000 in chips after closing out the day with a last minute burst of aggression to win three out of the last five hands.
Other notables to make Day 2 included Germany’s Manig Loeser (114,400), Canada’s Lucas Greenwood, the United Kingdom’s Sam Trickett (45,000) the USA’s Daniel Cates (45,300) and Indonesia’s John Juanda (38,200), though Greenwood had to fire two bullets to make it.
Another man who fired twice was Marius Torbergsen, though unfortunately this was not enough to lock up a seat on Day 2 and the Norwegian failed to make the cut. The only other man to re-enter was China's Zuo Wang who fired three bullets, eventually making it through to Day 2 with a stack of 78,200.
Day 2 Seat Draw:
|1||6||Alan Sass||United States||66,300|
|2||1||Daniel Cates||United States||45,300|
|2||3||Chi Ming Lee||Hong Kong||92,000|
|2||6||Gabe Patgorski||United States||68,500|
|3||1||Sam Trickett||United Kingdom||45,000|
|3||3||Devan Tang||Hong Kong||59,700|
|3||5||Cheok Ieng Cheong||China||80,600|
|3||6||Winfred Yu||Hong Kong||48,600|
|4||4||Keith Gipson||United States||82,900|
|4||5||Salman Behbehani||United States||84,000|
|5||6||Benjamin Wu||United States||152,000|
The remaining 25 players will return to the Maestral Casino’s poker room on Monday 17 July at 1pm CET with blinds starting for level 10 at 800-1,600 with a 200 running ante. The event is scheduled to play down to a winner and the PokerNews live reporting team will be there to provide all the updates so join us then as we see who’s got what it takes to become the 2017 Triton Super High Roller Montenegro 6-Max Champion.