Triton Poker Co-Founder Ivan Leow Unexpectedly Passes Away at Age 39
On Saturday, September 17, co-founder of Triton Poker Ivan Leow, 39, unexpectedly passed away from an apparent heart attack. Leow’s passing came during the highly-successful Triton Cyprus. As a result, all remaining Triton Cyprus events, which began on September 5 and were slated to run through the 19th, have been canceled so those there have the opportunity to “mourn his passing together.”
“Ivan was a hugely popular member of the Triton family. He was warm, generous, and enormous fun both at the tables and off – a loyal friend to us all. He was also a fantastic poker player, with a lifelong passion for the game,” Triton Poker said in a statement.
“Ivan was a very special person, who lived life to the full, was always smiling, and loved the game of poker. He will be sincerely missed by his family, friends, and everyone who had the pleasure of meeting him.”
An Incredible Poker Résumé Since 2015
According to The Hendon Mob, Leow had just over $13.1 million in lifetime tournament earnings dating back to 2015. That put him third on Malaysia’s all-time money list behind only Paul Phua and Richard Yong.
Leow’s largest score of $2.46 million came in August 2021 when he finished runner-up Wiktor Malinowski in the Merit Poker Super High Roller Bowl Europe. In 2018, when Leow won an astounding $5,691,986 in tournament play, he won the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Europe €100,000 Leon’s High Roller for $1,422,140, which came less than two months after he took down the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Russia Super High Roller for $1,133,555.
At Triton Poker stops, Leow made a dozen final tables and won the 2018 Triton Poker Jeju HK$500,000 Short Deck for $1,079,367,
“It immediately made him one of the best known and best-loved poker players in his native Malaysia, and far beyond,” said Triton Poker.
Leow’s last cash came less than two weeks ago when he finished 12th in the Triton Poker Cyprus Event #1: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $59,000.
While he was accustomed to playing high roller tournaments, which tend to have smaller fields, Leow made the final table 44 times in his 51 documented tournament cashes! In fact, his “worst” finish was taking 63rd place out of 771 runners for $5,386 in the 2018 European Poker Tour (EPT) Barcelona Event #19: €2,200 NLH.
The final table of Event #12: $50,000 Short Deck Ante Only was postponed as a result of Leow’s passing.
“Due to unforeseen circumstances, the start of today’s stream has been delayed. We’ll be updating according on a new start time. Stay tuned,” Triton officials announced.
Additionally, the final two tournaments of the series – Event #13: $100,000 Main Event and Event #14: $25,000 Short Deck – have both been canceled.
PokerNews offers its condolences to the friends and family of Ivan Leow, who in a relatively short period of time left his mark on the game of poker.