The best pros in the business understand that the only metric for success is to play each hand optimally. If they can avoid the twisted ankle of tilt dragging them away from this ideal, then they can sleep well at night safe in the knowledge that the Poker Gods will do whatever the Poker Gods will do.
The best pros.
The best non-pros.
The highest stakes.
It had it all.
Trying to dilute this pack of dogs into five pedigree hands was challenging. In doing so, we wanted to show the intensity, pose and joy that’s present when Triton puts on a show.
We think we did a good job.
Of the chosen hands, three of them involved Mikita Badziakouski. The Belarusian is one of only three players to have won three Triton titles (joining Jason Koon and Wai Kin Yong). He is also the only player to win back-to-back No Limit-Hold’em (NLHE) Main Events (Jeju and Montenegro) and has amassed $11.8m playing on the Triton Series. Two of the hands involved Stephen Chidwick, one of the best proponents of NLHE tournaments in the world, and you see why.
The Triton Poker Super High Roller Series hosts the biggest cash games in the world, and two of these hands came from those sessions: one NLHE, and the other Short-Deck, with Montenegro and Jeju the settings.
The most compelling hands come from the Triton Million London: A Helping Hand for Charity. When you pay £1m to play in a tournament, it stretches you both mentally and technically. The confrontations between Stephen Chidwick and Sam Trickett, and Stephen Chidwick and Vivek Rajkumar bust lungs considering the consequences of making the wrong decision.
Here are our five favourite hands of the 2019 Triton Poker Super High Roller Series – big bad bluffs, hero calls, and even a classic Royal.