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Koray Aldemir wins Manila’s Triton Super High Roller

Written by Ben Blaschke

Germany’s Koray Aldemir has won the HK$1 million buy-in 2017 Triton Super High Roller Series Main Event, outlasting some of the world’s best high stakes poker pros to pocket the HK$10 million first prize.

Held at Poker King Club (PKC) at Solaire Resort & Casino in Manila, the Triton SHR attracted a field of 39 players including the likes of Phil Ivey, Erik Seidel, John Juanda, PKC President Winfred Yu and renowned Asian businessman Paul Phua.

None of those players reached the six-man final table although, incredibly, three players who reached the final table in 2016 did so again this time around – Sergio Aido, Brynn Kenney and defending champion Wai Kin Yong. Online guru Daniel Cates was also among those in contention.

But in the end it was Aldemir who prevailed – the rising poker star telling poker reporting site Somuchpoker that he ran well when it mattered most during heads-up play against Spain’s Aido.

“I just hit a lot of flops and made a lot of good hands,” he said. “A few bluffs worked as well but I would say I just made better hands than Sergio because he played good as well. Sometimes in heads up you get lucky against your opponent.”