Frenchman Karl Chappe-Gatien scooped the Triton Poker $40k Short Deck title, just days after learning the game, adding a trophy and $565,000 to the legion of fans he has accumulated at the Super High Roller Series in northern Cyprus...
The poker-loving amateur enthralled viewers and players alike with his deep run in last week’s $200k buy-in Coin Rivet Invitational, humorous, likeable, friendly and exciting all the way to his 3rd-place $2.6million finish.
Last night he was playing a game he had only recently learned, the action-packed Short Deck, after his pro partner from the big invitational, Danny Tang, gave him a crash course in the 36-card variant and talked him into playing the $40k.
Twenty-four players paying 45 entries at $40k apiece produced a $1.8million prizepool, Chappe-Gatien firing two bullets and making it to the paid spots on day two when Rui Cao lost a huge hand to Michael Zhang and bubbled to Koon soon after.
Yu was first out in the money...
Chappe-Gatien: A♥ A♦
Yu: K♦ K♣
Flop: A♣ 8♣ 8♦
...and he was soon followed by Elton Tsang and Jason Koon, the latter another victim of the Frenchman, falling in 5th for $155,000, his 23rd Triton Poker career cash for the brand’s ambassador.
Chappe-Gatien continued his rungood with another flopped set to dispose of England Michael Zhang in 4th...
...with Lim falling to Lee’s aces to set the heads-up battle for the title, which came to a conclusion with the following hand...
Chappe-Gatien: J♦ J♣
Lee: 9♥ 8♠
Flop: 8♥ 7♠ 9♦
That river card gave both men straights, but Chappe-Gatien’s was better and he lifted the trophy and the $565,000 top prize.
“I was feeling good but I didn’t expect anything. I wanted to have fun,” revealed Dubai-based day trader Chappe-Gatien afterwards, adding: “For sure I will come back. When is the next one?”