Dutch online crusher Jens “Graftekkel” Arends has shown he has live skills to match by taking down the Triton Vietnam $30k SHR for a career best $921,178 score...
With event 4 non-existent due to the Chinese aversion to that unlucky number, the skip to event 5 saw 171 entries to the $30k buy-in NLHE, producing a prizepool of $5,130,000.
With 23 paid spots, the money bubble was the first point of interest early on day two...
Chiu: A♣ 8♣
Kim: K♥ 2♥
Flop: K♠ 3♣ 4♥
Chiu, the original raiser pre-flop, aggressively 4-bet Kim’s raise and the turn brought an interesting card...
Kim shoved with his two pair, Chiu calling and at risk with his draws, but the river was of no help to Chiu, who would leave empty-handed...
There was plenty of drama for the players and the fans watching the livestream at home, Vietnam’s Dao Minh Phu falling in brutal fashion...
Loeliger, Petrangelo, Mateos, Seidel, Addamo, Greenwood, and Chidwick all fell before the final table, showing the incredible strength in depth of the field.
The final table itself was strong, with Jonathan Jaffe, Daniel Dvoress and Seth Davies in the mix, the former accounting for the two short stacks, which included Dvoress.
Sitting with just 1 BB, Dvoress received a $30k ladder when Mokri’s kings were cracked by Jaffe’s big slick.
Sports data executive Brodkin also fell to Jaffe, followed by Seth Davies, a seemingly ever-present at the business end this week in Vietnam, who saw his pocket jacks cracked by Jaffe’s K♥ Q♥.
Brian Kim had to settle for 4th spot and a very healthy $441k payday, leaving the three podium spots to be decided, but along the way the trio agreed a deal.
With the majority of the money based on their chip stacks...
Kiat Lee: 851,932
Jans Arends: 831,178
Jonathan Jaffe: 766,890
...that left $90k extra for the winner, and Arends gave himself a chance by felling Jaffe’s pocket deuces, leaving him heads-up with Lee. The end when it came featured a tough one-two for the Malaysian pro...
Arends explained his Vietnam visit to Ali Nejad after his win: “I play a little bit of live throughout the year, but last time I saw the Triton stream, I thought it looked so good I thought, ‘OK let’s go for it,' The next one was Vietnam. It was an easy decision.”
When asked if his transition to live play would be more than a fleeting romance, Arends replied: “My main focus is still online, but who knows.”