Just months ago, the Triton Poker Tour announced a record-breaking £1 million buy-in event. The pricey Triton Million, which will take place in London’s Park Lane Hotel, has already attracted 50 players.
A number of pros and businessmen have anted up the fortune to participate. Some of the entrants are quite well known in high-stakes circles, including Dan Cates, Tom Dwan, Fedor Holz, and Sam Trickett.
Holz is especially notable for his high-roller accomplishments. The German, who has over $32.5 million in live winnings, has won several high rollers in his career.
Trickett is also quite adept at these tournaments. The Nottinghamshire native once took second in the 2012 WSOP Big One for One Drop ($10.1 million).
Plenty of Businessmen in the Field
Big high rollers like the Triton Million rely on wealthy businessmen to help fill out the field and prize pool. Such will be the case here too, with a number of prominent international moguls willing to ante up the £1 million buy-in.
Bill Perkins is one of the most-notable inclusions. The famed gas trader has accumulated over $2.7 million in live tournaments and made some very interesting prop bets. For example, he once bet $600,000 against Dan Bilzerian’s ability to ride a bicycle from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in under 48 hours.
Paul Phua is another notable name in the field. The Malaysian-Chinese businessman is known as the “world’s biggest bookie” and serves as a VIP junket operator in Macau. Phua also happens to be pretty good at poker, as his $11.4 million in winnings indicate.
Tony “G” Gouga is yet another famed businessman-poker player involved. Tony G, who made a fortune through poker-related businesses, has been relatively absent from the game in recent years. He previously served as one of Lithuania’s EU Parliament reps. With his political duties now over, Gouga has more time to play poker.
One Woman Has Entered
Female players are largely absent from most high rollers. However, New Zealand’s Sosia Jiang will take her chances in this big tourney.
Jiang is quite well traveled. Her family moved to Mongolia to escape communist China. Then, when she was seven, they immigrated to New Zealand.
She’s since become one of poker’s true rags-to-riches stories. Jiang grinded her bankroll up through live and online poker games. Now, she’s poised to enter the biggest poker tournament ever in terms of buy-in.