Five Big Hands from Episode #6 of the £1,050,000 Triton Million Charity Event
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In 2019, 27 amateurs and 27 of the world’s best pros competed in the biggest buy-in event in history. Now, the Triton Million - A Helping Hand for Charity poker tournament is being released as a 10-episode series on Triton Poker's YouTube Channel.
A total of 54 players stumped up the seven-figure entry fee with £50,000 of each buy-in going to benefit 15 different charities. As a result, this saw £2.7 million going to a plethora of good causes as well as generating a staggering £54 million ($73,993,800) pound prize pool.
Here's a look at five of either the biggest or most interesting hands from the sixth episode, which can be viewed in full below.
Hand #1: Terrible Beat For Choi
With blinds at 10,000/25,000/25,000, Alfred DeCarolis opened to 150,000 from a stack of 1,700,000 in early position, holding the and called when Stanley Choi moved all in from the big blind for 425,000, holding the .
“And this should be a chopped pot,” said Daniel Negreanu in the commentary booth. Not quite.
A flop of produced a slight murmur of anticipation from the other players as DeCarolis picked up a backdoor flush draw. The , on the turn, amplified that expectation, followed by a loud clapping of DeCarolis's hands as the gave him a flush to send Choi to an unlikely rail.
Hand #2: Leow's Tournament Ends
The blinds were 15,000/30,000/30,000 when Vivek Rajkumar (lead picture) raised to 70,000 with the from the button, and then called when Ivan Leow three-bet to 185,000 with the from the blinds.
The dealer handed Leow top pair with a flop of , and he continued the pressure betting 190,000; Rajkumar once again called. The paired the board, and Leow maintained his pace with a bet of 225,000, and Rajkumar again called. The on the river gave Leow an inferior two-pair hand, and he moved all in. Rajkumar made the call with his more substantial two-pair hand, ending Leow's tournament.
Hand #3: Putra Escapes
With blinds at 15,000/30,000/30,000, Ferdinand Putra started proceedings with a raise to 75,000 holding two black queens in the first position, and Alfred DeCarolis called with the from the big blind.
DeCarolis flopped the flush draw when the dealer placed on the flop and check-called when Putras fired out a 125,000 bet. The on the turn gave DeCarolis more outs, and once again, he check-called after Putra bet 325,000.
DeCarolis made his flush on the river when the dealer brought the out of the deck, which also gave Putra top set. DeCarolis sent 500,000 hurtling into a 1,095,000 pot, and with 1,400,000 behind, Putra folded his top set.
Hand #4: Rajkumar Wins Biggest Pot of the Tournament (Thus Far)
Cameras caught the action at 20,000/40,000/40,000, with 6,260,000 in the middle of the table. Rui Cao was the man with chips remaining, and his hopes rested on the holding up against the of Rajkumar, fighting for his tournament life.
The board ran out to leave Cao with chip dust, and Rajkumar ended the day as the chip leader. Cao would exit a few hands later at the hands of Dan Smith.
Hand #5: Tang and Zang - Set Over Set
With the blinds at 20,000/40,000/40,000, Danny Tang opened to 90,000 from under the gun with the , and Aaron Zang made the call from the next seat holding the . Two other players joined the action after Bill Perkins called with pocket sixes on the button, and Tony G called with the from the big blind.
The flop of handed both Tang and Zang sets, with Zang flopping the best of it. The action checked to Zang, who parted with 150,000 from a stack of 3,500,000, and Tang was the only caller from a stack of 1,900,000.
The on the turn saw Tang check for the second time. Zang fired 290,000 into a 720,000 pot, and Tang moved all in.
Zang insta-called, and after the hit the river, Tang slipped his rucksack straps over his shoulders and left the biggest tournament of his life empty-handed.
Coverage of the £50,000 Triton Million Charity event continues at - million.triton-series.com.
*Images courtesy of Triton Poker/Joe Giron