In 2019, 27 amateurs and 27 of the world’s best pros competed in the biggest buy-in event in history. Now, the Triton Million – A Helping Hand for Charity poker tournament is being released as a 10-episode series on Triton Poker’s YouTube Channel.
A total of 54 players stumped up the seven-figure entry fee with £50,000 of each buy-in going to benefit 15 different charities. As a result, this saw £2.7 million going to a plethora of good causes as well as generating a staggering £54 million ($73,993,800) pound prize pool.
Here’s a look at five of either the biggest or most interesting hands from the fifth episode, which can be viewed in full below.
Hand #1: Triton Founder is Out
The cameras joined the action with 96,000 in the pot and Paul Phua and Vivek Rajkumar staring at a flop. Phua, sitting on 177,000 and the in the small blind, moved all in with the drawing hand, and Rajkumar called with bottom set. The turn gave Phua the lead, only for the to pair the board, handing Rajkumar the boat and leaving the Triton founder without a seat.
Hand #2: Perkins, Tsang and Baldwin Oh My!
With the blinds standing at 8,000/16,000/16,000, Elton Tsang opened to 36,000 from a starting stack of 326,000 with pocket deuces in first position, Bill Perkins called in the small blind with the off a stack of 531,000, and Poker Hall of Famer Bobby Baldwin came along for the ride from the big blind holding the and 935,000.
There were three to a flop of and something for everyone as Baldwin flopped top pair, Tsang found bottom set, and Perkins had them both manacled with top set. It was Perkins to throw the first chip into the pot, betting 25,000 once checked too. Baldwin raised to 125,000, Tsang called, and then both players called when Perkins moved all in for 503,000.
The turn and river ran out and , Tsang found his way into the London night air, Baldwin’s stack dwindled to 412,000, and Perkins became a force in the contest with a smidgen under a million.
Hand #3: Perkins Grabs The Chip Lead
With blinds at 10,000/20,000/20,000, Rajkumar looked down at the and opened to 50,000 from under the gun from a starting stack of 3,000,000, Chin Wei Lim called one seat over holding the and 1,900,000, and Perkins called from the hijack holding the and 1,6000,000.
The flop of handed Perkins the bottom set and Rajkumar the monster of all draws. The action checked to Perkins who bet 55,000, Rajkumar raised to 215,000, Lim folded, Perkins three-bet to 655,000, and Rajkumar called.
The hit the turn, Perkins moved all in for 915,000, and after doing the math, Rajkumar made the call. The smacked the river hard, missing Rajkumar and confirming Perkins as the new chip leader with 3,340,000 chips.
Hand #4: A Chin Wei Lim Bluff
With blinds at 10,000/20,000/20,000, Perkins woke up with the from under the gun and made it 50,000 to play from a starting stack of 3,300,000, and Lim made the call with the from the big blind behind 1,900,000.
The flop missed Lim completely, but that didn’t stop him from calling a 35,000 Perkins continuation-bet. The action checked through the on the turn, and when the river produced the , Lim led for 180,000 into a pot of 200,000 with his airball forcing the fold from the man on a roll.
Hand #5: Voulgaris Bounced Out
With the blinds at 10,000/20,000/20,000, Haralabos Voulgaris opened to 50,000 holding the and 509,000 in the first position and Sosia Jiang called from a stack of 1,400,000 with the pretty looking a few seats to his left. Stephen Chidwick made it a threesome to the flop calling with the from a starting start of 1,200,000 in the big blind.
The flop of gave Chidwick the lead with a two-pair hand. The action checked to Voulgaris, who bet 65,000 into a pot of 180,000. Jiang called with her middle pair, Chidwick check-raised to 225,000, Voulgaris moved all-in for 459,000, Jiang folded, and Chidwick called.
The board ran out the turn and river, which meant Chidwick’s hand held firm to eliminate Voulgaris.
Coverage of the £50,000 Triton Million Charity event continues at – million.triton-series.com.
*Images courtesy of Triton Poker/Joe Giron