In an exciting day, Triton Series co-founder Richard Yong won the Cyprus edition of the first short-deck event. Although Yong often lets his friend and business partner Paul Phua take a backseat, his passion for poker is undeniable and he has proven to be an excellent poker player. After battling 38 players, including some of the best in the world, Yong was crowned champion and pocketed $323,000.
For Yong, however, money was only a minor part of his Triton experience. He embodies the VIP spirit of the exclusive brand: he plays for fun, for the love of the game. If he doesn’t run well, he doesn’t care. But when he wins, it’s time to celebrate.
“Everyone loves the Triton series because we are all so friendly, like family,” said the man affectionately known as Mr. Richard. “I want Triton to continue to grow and become the best series in the world.”
At the final table, the four players hit it off, Yong was quickly eliminated and in the Chris Brewer faced multiple all-in situations in this heads-up thriller that lasted over two hours. Yong managed to win the all-important hand, thwarting Brewer’s bid for a second title in the series. With good sportsmanship, Brewer left the tournament table smiling, allowing Yong to celebrate the well-deserved award.
Yong, also known in the poker world as “the old man”, a more talented player than other young and younger players commented, “Short deck is easy for me , because there are so many top players in the deck, it’s hard for me to beat them. They’re so good and so young.” Additionally, Yong emphasized that Triton is an exciting project for him and Phua , and keep improving every day.
Triton Series – Event #15 Short Deck Ante
Buy-in:$25,000 Entry:38 (including 19 re-entries) Pot:$950,000
1. Richard Yong -$ 32,000 2. Chris Brework -222,000 US dollars 3. Anson Ewe -$ 143,000 4. Stephen Chidwick -$ 110,000 5. Mikita Badziakouski -85,500 USD 6. Mike Watson -66,, $ 500 -USD
Video: Victory for Richard Yong
Photo: Joe Giron/Poker Photo Archive