The poker community unexpectedly lost a well-known member this week. Before we get to the somber news, we’ll start in Madrid, Spain where the Triton Series produced a big winner.
Bujtas Wins Triton Series Madrid Turbo Title
2022’s poker schedule has been quite the year for Laszlo Bujtas. So far, he has been able to make it into six final tables throughout the year when it comes to high-stakes events. Among those final table finishes, he has accumulated over $2.5 million in earnings. His most recent event saw him take down the competition in the Triton Series Madrid 50,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em eight-max turbo event. Along with his first title of the new year, Bujtas grabbed 630,000 for his placement.
This was certainly one of the top scores of his career, although it wasn’t the top. His $797,609 that he picked up from a second-place finish at the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event is still his top score.
On top of the title and the money, Bujtas earned 408 Card Player Player of the Year points. That has now helped him launch himself up to 17th place in the POY standings, where he has a combined 2,111 points.
Montreal Poker Room Closes Amid Dealer Strike
There’s a dealer strike happening in Montreal and it’s going to lead to the shutdown of the poker room. The Casino de Montreal was forced to shut down for the time being due to workers demanding better working conditions and better pay. The strike officially started this past weekend and they are aiming their fire at Loto-Quebec, the official operator of the casino they work at.
According to a few representatives, these workers have been dealing with injuries that stem from overuse. They are also hoping to acquire longer breaks during their shifts to combat that if they were to return. One quote said that they were “dealing nearly 10,000 cards a day, five to six days a week. After 15 years on the job, that starts to add up”.
As for what Loto-Quebec has been up to, closing the poker room has been their only recent move. It was reported that Loto-Quebec is also hoping to implement a 10 percent wage reduction on top of the apparent horrid working conditions they are currently undergoing.
Todd Terry Passes Away At Age 48
The poker world has been saddened by the unexpected loss of Todd Terry. Terry, a lawyer that graduated with the highest honors and his bachelor’s in applied mathematics from Harvard University, passed away far too young. He joined the community when he found himself taking a break between court cases to head down to Atlantic City to visit the poker rooms.
Terry started to strike gold when he was participating in these events. So much, so that he was able to quit his day job and focus on the tournament circuit full-time. He was able to rack up roughly $2.3 million in recorded tournament earnings at the end of his career. Not including another million that he got from online poker competitions.
It was said that he, unfortunately, passed away due to an incurable neurological disease. It was something he was battling for most of the past decade. His family has since requested that he can be remembered by donations to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration or the Brain Support Network.