The Biggest Bubble in Poker History Bursts in Episode #8 of Triton Million

Igor Kurganov

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 eighth episode, which can be viewed in full below.

Hand #1: Petrangelo Pipped

Nick Petrangelo
Nick Petrangelo

With blinds at 50,000/100,000/100,000, Nick Petrangelo opened to 200,000 from a stack of 2,500,000, with the {j-Spades}{j-Diamonds} in early position, and received two callers in the shape of Vivek Rajkumar holding the chip lead and the {a-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} in the cutoff, and Chin Wei Lim with the {7-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}, and 2,400,000 in the big blind.

The deck kept it low with a flop of {8-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{2-Spades}, but it handed Rajkumar a flush draw. Wei Lim checked, Petrangelo bet 250,000, and Rajkumar raised to 650,000. Wei Lim folded and Petrangelo moved all in for his tournament life, which Rajkumar called.

Petrangelo needed to avoid a diamond or an ace but failed when the {k-Diamonds} hit the turn at the first hurdle. The {6-Spades} completed the action, and Petrangelo departed a few places shy of the money.

Hand #2: The Bubble Hand(s)

Igor Kurganov & Bill Perkins
Igor Kurganov & Bill Perkins

With blinds still at 50,000/100,000/100,000, Igor Kurganov found the {10-Spades}{10-Diamonds} in the hijack and moved all in for 1,300,000. Bill Perkins called for 1,200,000 with the {j-Hearts}{j-Clubs} in the cutoff, and after everyone folded,it was down to the first bubble hand of the event.

The entire room crowded around the table as the dealer fanned the {k-Spades}{j-Diamonds}{5-Spades} on the flop to give Perkins a middle set. Kurganov’s odds rose from 7% to 25% picking up flush and straight outs on a {9-Spades} turn, but the {2-Hearts} on the river enabled Perkins to float on a pink cloud to the final table and leave Kurganov with chip dust.

A few hands later, and Kurganov earned the unwanted tag of losing the biggest bubble hand in poker history after his {7-Diamonds}{4-Spades} lost out to the {6-Diamonds}{6-Spades} of Rajkumar.

Hand #3: Toodle-oo Winfred Yu

Winfred Yu
Winfred Yu

With blinds at 60,000/120,000/120,000, Winfred Yu moved all in for 600,000 in the cutoff holding the {a-Spades}{3-Clubs} and received a call from the big stack, Rajkumar, who had the {q-Spades}{2-Hearts} in the big blind.

Yu maintained his lead on the {k-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{5-Clubs} flop, but Rajkumar overtook him with the top pair after the {q-Hearts} hit the turn.

Yu left the tournament in 11th place for £1,100,000 after the {9-Spades} completed the action on the river.

Hand #4: Chin Wei Lim Eliminated

Chin Wei Lim
Chin Wei Lim

With blinds at 60,000/120,000/120,000, Chin Wei Lim moved all in for 1,650,000 from the hijack with the {5-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}, and Bryn Kenney called with the {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} in the big blind.

Kenney needed to flop something to oust the dangerous Lim from the contest, and the {q-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} gave him everything with a Broadway straight. Lim needed the board to pair on the turn to give him any chance of survival, which happened when the {10-Hearts} appeared.

Lim needed either a five or a ten to pip Kenney and stave off elimination, but instead, the {j-Spades} hit the river to send Lim out in 10th place, receiving £1,100,000 in winnings.

Hand #5: The Final Table is Set

Chan Wai Leong
Chan Wai Leong

With blinds at 60,000/120,000/120,000, Chan Wai Leong moved all in for 2,600,000 in the small blind holding the {a-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}, and after some deliberation, Timothy Adams made the call with the covering stack in the big blind holding the dominating {a-Clubs}{9-Spades}. The board ran out {10-Spades}{5-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}, Adams won the hand, and the Triton Million had its final eight players.

PlacePlayerCount
1Vivek Rajkumar18,000,000
2Stephen Chidwick9,790,000
3Timothy Adams5,735,000
4Bryn Kenney5,540,000
5Alfred DeCarolis5,455,000
6Aaron Zang5,060,000
7Dan Smith2,350,000
8Bill Perkins2,000,000

Final Table Payouts

PlacePrize
1£19,000,000
2£11,670,000
3£7,200,000
4£4,410,000
5£3,000,000
6£2,200,000
7£1,720,000
8£1,400,000

Coverage of the £50,000 Triton Million Charity event continues at - million.triton-series.com.

You can stay up to date with the latest content from Triton Poker by visiting their YouTube Channel. Don't forget to recap all of the action in our 2019 Triton Super High Roller Series London hub.

*Images courtesy of Triton Poker/Joe Giron

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