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Wild poker night in Las Vegas

Tue, Jun 18, 4:18pm by Staff Writer

Another wild and wooly Saturday night in Las Vegas, where a couple more bracelets were handed out at the Rio Casino, with a marathon event ending after a marathon-like tournament.

Club Poker reports that Roman Korenev went the distance to win his first bracelet and the first bling for Russia.

The Marathon is one of those branded events that suits love because it sounds cool and gives the marketing department something to work with.

The 2019 Marathon event attracted 1,083 long distance runners aka poker players.

They created a prize pool that topped $2.5 million, with only the top 163 places paid out.

Sergio Fernandez bubbled the final table in tenth place.

Among the notables that went deep included Tim Miles, Dan Park, Preston Lee, Yi Xu, Derek Bowers, Clyde Walters and Ryan Leng.

The final table included Roman Korenev, Jared Koppel, Dong Sheng Peng, Francis Anderson, Joe Curcio, Joseph Liberta, Matt Russell and Peter Hong.

Roman Korenev advanced to his second final table, but he managed to go the distance in this one.

He picked off American Jared Koppel heads up for the victory.

Jared Koppel banked $295,000 for second place for six days work, with Korenev taking down his first bracelet and earned a payout worth more than $477,000.

Triton series with $1.25m buy-in

The ever-expanding Triton Poker Series is raising the bar beyond nosebleed levels but hosting a record breaking 1.25 million buy-in event.

Set to take place inside London’s Park Lane Hilton, the high stakes tournament will surpass the previous buy-in records set by the Big One for One Drop.

But, as well as giving the game’s biggest ballers a chance to play for millions, the event will be in aid of charity.

To ensure records are set, every cent of the buy-in will go into the prize pool while a $63,000 fee will go to A Helping Hand for Charity.

While the buy-in should pique the community’s interest, the entry process will also be a talking point.

As per the Triton Poker update, entry will be via invitation or by association.

“The only way to secure a seat into the event is to either be a recipient of an official invitation from Triton or be an invitation holder’s nominated guest,” reads the Triton Poker press release.

At this stage, the list of invitees hasn’t been released.

However, the organisers have said the roster will feature some of the best-known men and women from the poker world.

Additionally, Triton will be keeping with tradition and giving businessmen and women a chance to play.

Looking back at previous Triton Poker Series events, we know Tom Dwan will likely make an appearance in London.

Mikita Badbizakouski, Paul Phua and Jason Koon should also be at the felt when the cards start to fly on August 1.

Regardless of the lineup, Triton is pushing boundaries.

In March 2018, a semi-secretive 12 million HKD buy-in event took place.

Fedor Holz tweeted the news in between hands, but it seems the message raised more questions than it answered.

Had it been an official tournament, 12 million HKD at the time of writing is equivalent to $1.5 million.

Despite the tournament being shrouded in mystery, Triton did post a tease video back in December promising big things in 2019.

Indeed, with the tour heading to London in August, fans will get to see the game’s bets fighting for what could be the biggest tournament prize pool in history.

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