The long wait for what is now officially considered the biggest and most popular high stakes poker tournament in the world is finally over. The Triton Poker Super High Roller Series has confirmed its first stop for 2019.
The Triton Poker Tour will return to Landing Casino at Jeju Shinhwa World in Jeju Island in South Korea and run from March 2 to March 9. The tournament will have four more stops in 2019 which are scheduled for May, July, September and November.
Landing Casino To Host Triton First Stop
The festival kicks off with six events at the luxurious Landing Casino at Jeju Shinhwa World featuring the same buy-ins as last year. But players will have two more reasons to be excited this year as a new HKD 250,000 + HKD 250,000 Short-Deck Bounty event will take place, while a whopping HKD 1,000,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Refresh has also added to the schedule.
The tour marks its first stop of the year with a HKD 250,000 Short-Deck Ante-Only starting event on March 2 (Day 1), with Day 2 taking place on March 3. The new HKD 250,000 + 250,000 Short-Deck Bounty will kick off on March 3 (Day 1), with the winner being determined on March 4 (Day 2). The 6-Max No-Limit Hold’em event runs for two days on March 4 and 5, carrying a buy-in of HKD 500,000.
As the day progresses, the buy-ins start to go higher. A two-day HKD 1,000,000 version of the Short-Deck Ante-Only event will see some of poker’s best players and high rollers compete for the lion’s share of the prize. The event begins on March 5 and will run till March 6.
The highlight of the series will once again be the HKD 2,000,00 Main Event which run from March 7 until March 9. The Triton team will release more details of a few more stops for this year, with early hints that the 2019 series could feature the largest buy-in in poker history.
Those planning to take part in the first Triton stop get the chance to enjoy 9 nights of free accommodation if they play the Main Event and a side event.
History of Triton Poker Series
The Triton Poker Series was founded in 2015 by Malaysian businessman and philanthropist Richard Yong. The tournament debuted in 2016 as the $200,000 No-Limit Hold’em Triton Super High Roller at the Solaire Resort and Casino in Manila, Philippines, and has since become an annual festival. Aside from drawing a mix of famous poker pros and affluent recreational players, the series also gives back to the society through charitable contributions.
Among the previous champions of the series are Fedor Holz, Dan Colman, Daniel Cates, Stefan Schillhabel, Koray Aldermir and John Juanda. Some of the world’s most popular players have also become winners at the tournament, including Phil Ivey (who won the 2018 HKD 250,000 Short Deck Ante Only event), as well as Poker Hall of Fame inductee Erik Seidel.
Since its inaugural event, the Triton Series has awarded more than $45,700,000 in prize money – making it one of the world’s biggest and most popular high-roller tournaments.
Last year, it was Mikita Badziakouski who conquered the HKD 2,000,000 Main Event, defeating 55 other players for a whopping $5,257,027 first prize. Other players who triumphed at the 2018 series were Nick Schulman (HKD 100,000 Short-Deck, $271,974), Ivan Leow (HKD 500,000 Short-Deck, $1,079,367), Kenneth Kee (HKD 1,000,000 Short-Deck, $2,867,009) and David Peters (No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max, $1,118,484).
Jason Koon is Triton Poker’s First Ambassador
American poker pro Jason Koon has become the first-ever ambassador for Triton Poker. Koon is well known on the poker circuit and has close to $20 million in career prize money. The biggest tournament win of his career happened at the 2018 Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Montenegro, in which he bested 103 entrants to claim the HKD 1,000,000 Short-Deck ante only event. Koon defeated Xuan Tan heads-up and took home more than $3.6 million.
Koon said he didn’t think twice when Triton asked him to become its new ambassador. Being a partypoker ambassador, the appointment of Koon as the new face of a competing live tournament brand may be seen as unusual, but the two brands had already worked together in previous tournaments.

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