EIBINGER wins (2)

A $50,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em turbo event was a late addition to the 2022 Triton Poker Cyprus schedule. The single-day event attracted 41 total entries to build a prize pool of just less than $2 million. Bustouts came at a steady pace after registration closed, and soon the six-figure money bubble approached while most players were left with just a few big blinds to play with. After Chin Wei Lim lost the last of his two big blinds to burst the bubble, Austrian poker pro Matthias Eibinger made quick work of a stacked final table to secure the title and the top prize of $676,000.

This was the sixth-largest score of Eibinger’s career. It brought his lifetime earnings to just shy of $11.5 million.

“For sure you can study these spots,” Eibinger told Triton Poker staff about dealing with the push-fold spots at the final table. “My background was sit-and-gos and hyper sit sit-and-gos, so I’m super confident with short stacks, with 10 big blinds and below. I liked it. I wasn’t used to everybody having three, four, five big blinds, but in the end, things went for me. I was comfortable, and I was able to take it down. I’m really happy about that.”

Chris Brewer was the first player eliminated in the money. He ran 10-9 into the pocket queens of bracelet winner Ben Heath to finish sixth ($139,000). brewer is backing up his breakout performance on the high-stakes tournament circuit last year with a strong 2022 campaign. He has already made nine final tables and won one title this year, with more than $1.1 million in earnings along the way. Brewer now sits in 13th place in the Card Player Player of the Year race, and is 30th in the PokerGO Tour standings.

Ten-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey soon followed was the next to fall. The 45-year-old earned $179,000 for his second final-table finish of the series, bringing his lifetime total to more than $32.3 million.

After a series of short-stack double-ups, bracelet winner Sam Greenwood was knocked out in fourth place when his A-J failed to hold up against the A-2 suited of Heath, who spiked a deuce on the flop to win the hand. With $23.7 million he remains the second-highest earning Canadian player of all time, sitting behind only Daniel Negreanu ($45.2 million).

Mikita Badziakouski lost the majority of his stack with 3-2 suited facing the K-J of Eibinger. He got the last of his chips in with 9-2 suited and was unable to beat the pocket threes of Heath. Badziakouski earned $298,500 as the third-palce finisher, increasing his career earnings to more than $33.8 million, which is good for 11th place on the all-time money list (just one spot ahead of Ivey).

In the final hand, Eibinger held a slight chip lead over Heath. The chips got in preflop with Eibinger holding AClub Suit10Heart Suit facing Heath’s KHeart Suit10Diamond Suit. Eibinger’s hand held up to earn him the pot and the title, while Heath cashed for $467,500 as the runner-up finisher. Heath now has nearly $11.3 million in career earnings to his name.

Here is a look at the payouts and rankings points awarded in this event:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points PGT Points
1 Matthias Eibinger $676,000 510 406
2 Ben Heath $467,500 425 281
3 Mikita Badziakouski $298,500 340 179
4 Sam Greenwood $228,500 255 137
5 Phil Ivey $179,000 213 107
6 Chris Brewer $139,000 170 83

Winner photo credit: Joe Giron / Triton Poker.

 

 

 





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