Short Triton Short-Deck History
This event was not Jason Koon’s first rodeo…prior to this win, Koon was already the all-time world short-deck winner, reporting over $3.5 million earnings at the Super High Roller Triton Poker Montenegro HK$ 1M Short-Deck. Besides securing the first place and the top prize, this event was also Koon’s career-high. Before participating in the Montenegro Triton Poker Series, Koon hadn’t played Short-Deck in his entire life. But being at the verge of his career and extremely good at his chosen profession, quickly caught up, figured the flow out and took over the HKD 1 Million Short-Deck Hold’em No Limit.
He made his way to the final table where he basically dominated the game and eventually won the event, getting his hands on a career-high first prize of $3,579, 836. After this, Triton invited him to join their team as a Brand Ambassador and Koon promptly accepted.
Right from the beginning, Koon’s game plan was pretty clear. The Triton Ambassador appeared focused at all times, adapting his strategies and attacking fiercely with some really good cards. Everything paid out for him once again, reaching his third final table in that many days. When the four finalists returned to confront at the final table, Koon was standing third in chips count.
A lucky ace-jack against Rakhimov helped him double up, and from that point on he never looked back. In the end, it was down to Koon and extremely experienced Paul Phua. One of the most spectacular hands of the finale, Koon managed to outshine Phua’s trips with a remarkable full house, pretty much setting the 33-year-old player on a fast track to the top prize.
This exciting second win in the Short-Deck series earned Koon another impressive $2.8 million, placing him in the All-Time Top 10 Live Tournament Cash Earned list, at the same time outing none other than the legendary Phil Ivey.
There are only two events left on the Triton Poker 2019 Super High Roller Jeju program, and each one can be watched live online, on Twitch, and Youtube.