Scotland’s Andrew Leathem – a self-confessed “amateur” – bagged himself a Triton Poker title by taking down the $25k NLH Turbo event for a $670,000, twice his previous total live winnings!
The 43-year-old software developer from Edinburgh was one of 104 entries to the $25k buy-in Turbo tournament, and looking to go at least one spot better than his painful bubble in event 2.
That dubious distinction went instead to Pablo Brito, his A♠ Q♥ losing out to Vietnamese pro Dao Minh Phu’s A♦ K♦, Phu fresh off a monster victory in the $50k and in the money yet again.
Ike Haxton was one of those to depart quickly after the bubble burst, but there were some well-known and rather unexpected faces at the final table.
Jeff Sluzinski, better know to the poker streaming world as Jeff Boski, cashed in 7th spot, one spot ahead of Ana Marquez and just behind Talal “Raidalot” Shakerchi.
Phu was looking for back-to-back Triton wins, while Eibinger was looking for his 3rd title, but when the pair clashed it was Phu who emerged unscathed, Eibinger out in 4th for $245,000.
Phu couldn’t make it any further, however, as Barbero – the winner of event 2 – flushed him out in 3rd for $301,000, leaving himself heads-up with the Scot.
Of course, with $460k tied up, Leathem’s luck had already changed, and he went on to deny Barbero his second Triton title.
“I’m just an amateur, really, but I try to play in different places, different countries,” said Leathem afterwards. He added: “You want to test yourself against the best players in the world.”
The Edinburgh man admitted: “I was determined not to bubble this one. I sort of hung in to the final table, and it worked out. I’m super happy, but I’m also tired. It will sink in tomorrow probably.”
Dao Minh Phu