Businessmen don’t normally win poker high rollers. But Aaron Zang recently took down the biggest of high rollers at the £1.05 million Triton Million.
Zang earned a £19 million ($23 million) first-place prize at the London-based event. This tops Antonio Esfandiari ($18 million) for the biggest poker tournament prize ever.
As if this record occurrence wasn’t enough, Byrn Kenney became the leader in all-time tournament winnings. He finished runner-up to Zang and scooped an £11.67 million payout – giving him $55.5 million in total earnings.
Dan Smith and Stephen Chidwick took third and fourth, respectively, in this event. Smith collected a £7,200,000 payout, while Chidwick earned £4,410,000. Both were able to surpass $30 million in winnings with these prizes.
Final Table Action
The final table of the Triton Million featured eight participants. Most of the players donned formal wear in anticipation of their huge prizes.
Kenney, who wore standard street clothes, was the only exception. During the action, he mentioned that he doesn’t wear suits and wasn’t going to change that here.
He and Zang were the final two players remaining. Kenny held a massive 6.5-to-1 chip advantage over his opponent. Zang was able to narrow the margin by winning an all-in race with pocket sixes against Kenny’s K-Q.
The eventual champ won another big hand after Kenney tried bluffing with nine-high. Zang had trips kings and slow-played them to perfection.
Not long afterward, Zang held top pair on an 8-4-3 board. Kenney had the nut flush draw and went all-in. He failed to get anything and was eliminated in second place.
Triton Million Final Table Results (chop deals not included)
- Aaron Zang (China) £19,000,000
- Bryn Kenney (United States) £11,670,000
- Dan Smith (United States) £7,200,000
- Stephen Chidwick (United Kingdom) £4,410,000
- Vivek Rajkumar (India) £3,000,000
- Bill Perkins (United States) £2,200,000
- Al DeCarolis (United States) £1,720,000
- Timothy Adams (Canada) £1,400,000