It was a busy few days in terms of poker news ranging from big wins to an announcement of a big event that’s right around the corner. Here’s a look at the most important poker headlines of the week:
Triton Poker Announces Ambitious 2019 Goal
The biggest buy-in ever? That’s what is being promised by Triton Poker at one of its upcoming events in the New Year.
Triton Poker has announced that the first festival of 2019 will have "The Biggest Buy-In In Poker History." The event, which will be held at Jeju Landing Casino in South Korea, will run from March 2-9.
Based on previous records and landmarks, that means Triton would have to eclipse, at minimum, $1 million from this year’s World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Experts are wondering if the buy-in would also have to exceed the one million euros in Monte Carlo in 2016 to break the record as well.
In addition to Jeju Landing in March, there will be four other central Triton Poker tour stops in May, July, September and November. The locations of these events have not yet been disclosed and they should have much more modest buy-ins.
Ropert Wins 25,000-Euro Single-Day High Roller
Call it a successful week for Frenchman Corentin Ropert, who won more at the Single-Day High Roller event at the PokerStars European Poker Tour Prague event than most people make in a year. He pulled in a hefty prize of 277,560 euros in the second single-day high roller event.
Ropert actually got off to a bad start at the Prague Festival and told reporters he was thinking about watching a movie and calling it a day. Good thing he didn’t quit as he decided to enter the second single-day high roller and it paid off big for him. He was encouraged that the winner of the first event qualified through the satellite, so he figured he would have a good shot himself.
Linde Wins Five-Diamond World Poker Classic
The largest $10K tournament in World Poker Tour history has come to a conclusion and Dylan Linde has survived the field to win it. The showdown at the Bellagio in Las Vegas attracted a lot of attention and was eventually going to make someone very happy (and very rich). The challenge was that the Five-Diamond World Poker Classic had 1,001 entries.
Linde navigated his way through the crowd after five days of competition. As a result, he collected just over $1.6 million and a $15,000 berth in the season-ending Baccarat Crystal Tournament of Champions. The win was nearly 80 percent of Linde’s previous career earnings as he had scored some six-figure cash prizes at smaller tournaments in the past, but this blows away his previous top prize.
Milos Skrbic was the runner-up and won more than a million dollars in his own right, at $1,087,603. Andrew Lichtenberger was third with just over $802,000.
Among other notable players who didn’t make the final table: Joe McKeehen finished ninth and won just over $163,000; Andre Akkari was 23rd and won just under $59,000; Calvin Anderson also cracked the top 40 and finished 39th, winning $42,645.