Even with the World Series of Poker now behind us, it was a big week of wins on the poker circuit. From Asia to America, a number of winners collected big paychecks. Here’s a look back at a few who added to their trophy case:
Kee Collects $2.86 Million For Triton Poker Win
He’s not exactly a household name but it might not be long before Kenneth Kee is. On Monday, he outlasted a field of 60 players to claim the Triton Hold’em event in Jeju.
Kee, who is from Singapore, won $2,866,838 for his win. Cary Katz, the only American at the final table, finished second and took home $1,773,617. Malaysian Richard Yong took the third-place prize of $1,162,025, Canadian Peter Jetten won $802,715 for fourth and Mikita Badziakouski of Belarus won $588,657 for fifth.
The Triton Poker Series in Jeju is just heading up as the Main Event will be settled this week with the winner earning more than $5.2 million.
Filipovic Wins Seneca Niagara Summer Slam Event
Canadian Steven Filipovic won a big poker event on the American side of Niagara this past weekend. Filipovic claimed the Seneca Niagara Summer Slam Main Event, taking home $53,508 for his troubles.
While it was a grind of a tournament, he really didn’t have to sweat too much coming down the stretch. He was the chip leader for all but one time on the last day of the event.
Canadians showed well at this event as the top two and four of the top 10 came from the north. Filipovic was followed by Matthew Paplyk, who won $51,681 for second place. American Blake Napierala won $26,452 for his third-place result.
Filipovic also reached the final table at the High Roller event, which was an earlier event in the Summer Slam series, finishing in third. At the time, the $12,800 was his biggest live tournament win but he quickly topped that with the Summer Slam victory.
Fielder Wins HPT Ameristar Kansas City Event
Although he isn’t exactly a headliner on the international scene, Jeff Fielder has been cleaning up on the regional poker circuit over the last few years. On Tuesday, he wrapped up another win, adding a Heartland Poker Tour title to his collection. Fielder entered the HPT Ameristar Kansas City $1,650 Main Event and outlasted the field to earn $94,713.
Overall, the tournament saw a total of 290 entries in the event. It wasn’t an easy field either as the final table saw two former bracelet winners. Jovan Sudar placed second and earned $60,535, Nick Jivkov placed third and won $40,562, Eric Medved placed fourth and claimed $28,620 and Nick Pupillo placed fifth and collected $21,414.
It was Jivkov and Pupillo who actually held the two biggest stacks going into the final day but that didn’t matter in the end as Fielder survived them both. This win is one of Fielder’s higher-profile accomplishments, along with a couple of wins on the World Series of Poker Circuit and a couple at the WPT DeepStacks as well.