Viacheslav Buldygin bags Triton Victory and $1,342,000

May 17, 2023
Andrew Burnett

Russia’s Viacheslav Buldygin steamrolled his way through the final table of the Triton Poker North Cyprus $50k NLH to pocket $1,342,000 and claimed his winning approach relied on “intuition” more than study.

The 2-day, 7-handed event at the Merit Casino and Resort attracted 104 entries, with 41 of those re-entries, boosting the prizepool to just over $5million, with 15 players set to cash.

That number was reached when both Ben Heath, unfortunately repeating his bustout of event #1, and Soon ewe ran into kings and aces respectively at neighbouring tables, leaving everyone else with $88,400 sewn up.

Among them, Steve O’Dwyer, Dan Smith, Artur Martirosian, Justin Bonomo, Mike Watson and Jason Koon, revealing the strength in depth that Triton’s SHR boasts without setting foot in the USA.

Jason Koon was looking to land his 7th Triton title, having bagged number 6 just a few days previously. It wasn’t to be for the brand ambassador, however, falling in 7th spot for $241k.

Buldygin then took over, felling David Yan with 9s against 7s and then took out Mulder’s A♣ K♣ with a lowly 7♥ 4♠ followed by disposing of Sean Winter with K♣ 4♣ against A♦ Q♠.

That left the podium spots decided, but with almost $3million to be shared out, it was far from over. Punsri was left with fumes and handed those over to Buldygin who, running hot as can be, naturally rivered an ace.

Heads-up, Brian Kim could do nothing to stop the juggernaut, his jacks unable to hold up against K5 off and the title belonged to Buldygin, along with $1,342,000.

Remarkably, it not only took the Russian though the $5million career earnings milestone, but was his first-ever recorded tournament win, his biggest cash being a $1.4million runner-up spot at the 2017 PokerStars Monte Carlo $100k SHR.

Final results


Viacheslav Buldygin



Brian Kim



Punnat Punsri



Sean Winter



Teun Mulder



David Yan



Jason Koon


$2000 Bonus
$2000 Deposit Bonus
SwC Poker
50% Rakeback

Alexandre Veulleumier Scoops $1,215,864 and WSOP Gold in $25k High Roller

June 4, 2023

The first $million+ cash of the 2023 World Series of Poker has gone to Switzerland’s Alexandre Veulleumier

First Bracelet of the 2023 World Series of Poker Goes to Peter Thai

June 2, 2023

Casino dealer Peter Thai has scooped the first bracelet of the 2023 WSOP, taking down the Casino Employees event for...

Tom Dwan Wins Biggest Ever Live-Streamed Poker Pot in History - $3.1 Million

June 2, 2023

Tom Dwan has broken the record for biggest ever live-streamed pot in the final day of the Hustler Casino Live $1 Mill...