Matthias Eibinger is on cloud nine today after shutting this down Triton Super High Roller Series Monte Carlo Main Event. Eibinger is a regular on the high-stakes tour and although he has triumphed in Triton Poker side events, a main event title has eluded him.
Eibinger prevailed from a field of 135 men and won a career-high $3,461,261 after a heads-up deal with the Spanish superstar Adrian Mateos. Eibinger also got hold of a luxury item Jacob & Co p.m. and a two-day stay for him and up to five friends on board an exclusive Bombay yacht from the luxury brand Bombay.
This latest result is the third seven-figure sum of Eibinger’s career. He won $1,006,060 in May 2018 by finishing second $100,000 ARIA $100,000 High Rollerand an additional $1,008,000 for a second place finish in a $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em event at the PartyPoker LIVE Sochi Super High Roller Series in March 2020. Eibinger now has a new high worth an incredible $3,461,261.
Final table results from the Triton Super High Roller Series Monte Carlo Main Event
|4||Chris Brewer||United States||$1,450,000|
|6||Ken Tong||Hong Kong||$902,000|
|8th||Justin Bonomo||United States||$668,000|
|9||Nick Petrangelo||United States||$491,000|
*reflects a heads-up deal
A shock $16,875,000 in prize moneyI was up for grabs and the top 23 finishers won a share of it. Bursting the money bubble is never pleasant for the unfortunate soul on the wrong side, but this bubble was particularly harsh with a min cash value of $198,000.
Ren Li was the unfortunate soul who burst the money bubble and paved the way to riches for the surviving players. In Li’s final hand, he went all-in with the ace of spades and jack against him Richard Yong‘s dominated ace-five, but that ace-five converted a straight for the Triton co-owner, leaving Li empty-handed on the sidelines.
A number of global superstars fell by the wayside one after another, including the recent WSOP Online $100,000 High Roller Champion Jans Arends, Jason Koon, Isaac Haxtonand final table Bubble Boy Daniel Dvoress. The latter took sixth place $100,000 No Limit Hold’em 8-Handed event for $672,000; Christoph Vogelsang picked this up for $2,644,000.
Vogelsang bets $2.644 million with a single big blind
Each of the nine finalists secured a score of $391,000, with the top five finalists seeing a seven-figure increase in their balance. Eibinger entered the final table in fourth place with a stack of 28 big blinds, but the Austrian was well behind chip leader Mateos, who returned to battle with 125 big blinds in his war chest.
Nick Petrangelo was the first of the nine finalists to be removed from his pile as players tried to hold on to Mateos’ coattails. Petrangelo opened with pocket tens and faced an all-in three-bet Ken Tong, whose stack exceeded that of the opener. Petrangelo chose his pocket tens and called, flopping against ace-queen. These tens are subject to an ace on the flop and another on the river.
Mateos picked up Justin Bonomo, which relegated the world’s second-winningest live poker player to eighth place. Bonomo raised with ace-five of diamonds and Mateo’s 3-bet blocked. Perhaps thinking Mateos would bully with his huge stack, Bonomo called. However, Mateos himself had a legitimate hand: ace-king. The Spaniard’s hand held and Bonomo was eliminated.
Ace-King ended Latvia’s game Alexey Ponakov‘ Participation in the main event. Ponakovs, the first Latvian to win a WSOP bracelet, opened an open shove with queen-ten from the small blind. Normally this move would have won the blinds and antes, but Chris Brewer woke up in the big blind with ace-king and called. Brewer’s ace-high proved enough to win the pot and leave just six players in the hunt for the title.
Those six became five as Tong became Brewer’s second victim at the final table. Short-stacked, Tong made a move with queen-nine of spades, Brewer called with hearts-ace-jack and added to his stack when Tong failed.
With Tong out of the way, the final five players became millionaires, if they weren’t already. Quan Zho from China, whose stack dwindled to such a small amount that he was forced all-in from the big blind. Zho’s Jack-Five ultimately lost to Mateos’ Pocket Tens. The $1,165,000 won by Zho is his first live money; What a way to get off the ground.
Brewer was something of a heater in 2023, Winning two WSOP bracelets and achieve enormous success worldwide. Brewer had to settle for a fourth-place finish in that event worth $1,450,000 because his Ace of Spades failed to melt Santhosh SuvarnaThe snowmen.
Suvarna was the penultimate elimination of the main event; His third place prize was worth $1,772,000. Suvarna, an Indian businessman, was eliminated in one of the most ridiculous hands ever seen in the Triton Super High Roller. The hand started harmlessly, with a raise from Suvarna and a call from Mateos. Mateos check-called a continuation bet on the nine-ace-eight flop before checking again on the turn of the seven-of-clubs; The nine on the flop was also a club. Suvarna fired another bet, but Mateos raised all-in, covering the Indian’s stack. Suvarna called with ace-jack for top pair and an ace-high flush draw. Mateos turned over a club eight-six. The river was a club, but it was the five of clubs, giving Mateos the most unlikely straight flush to beat his opponent’s ace-high flush. Ouch.
This latest score brought Suvarna into it Second in India’s all-time money rankingswith winnings of $5,547,493.
Mateos and Eibinger duel heads-up, as they have done so many times in the world of online poker. Both players are incredibly talented and it took a special performance to knock the other out. What followed was a heads-up battle for the ages. The chip stack fluctuated wildly, but neither player could shake off the other, resulting in them settling on the remaining prize pool, leaving $100,000 for the last man standing.
Eibinger was the only survivor whose ace-king flopped a king, breaking his Spanish superstar opponent’s pocket tens. Mateos received $3,120,739 for his second place, Eibinger received $3,461,261 and the trophy.
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