The Triton Poker Series in Jeju, South Korea is off to a great start as Event #1 which was an HKD 250K buy-in Short-Deck Ante-only event attracted 65 total entries including 28 re-entries to build a prize pool of HKD 15,275,000 (approx $1.95 million).
15 players made it to the final day including the likes of Ben Lamb, John Juanda, Mikita Badziakouski, Paul Phua, Luc Greenwood, and Justin Bonomo—who started off the final day ranked 13th in position. The tourney paid out eight places with John Juanda becoming the first player to be eliminated in the money.
After some intense action, Bonomo saw himself leading heads-up play with a 2:1 chip advantage over Yeu Wei Hsiang from Malaysia and later eventually winning his second title of the year.
This was also Justin’s first-ever cash in a Short Deck event.
I’m super happy to have won this obviously,” Bonomo said. “A lot of people at the table had a lot of experience of short deck. For me, a lot of the spots were new, and I had to figure them out as I went along. Some decisions I just ended up guessing.”
“It’s a lot of fun learning,” he continued. “I really like the dynamic puzzle aspect, just solving things on the fly. It’s stressful though. People are watching on the stream at home. My friends are watching. I just don’t want to make a huge mistake.”
With this win, Justin has racked up over $44 million in total lifetime tournament earnings, putting him in the pole position on the Hendon Mob All Time Money List. $25 million of that came in 2018 alone with several wins including $10 million at Big One For One Drop at the WSOP and $5 million in the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl.