Peters, Kee cash big at Triton Poker Jeju

Two more tournaments are in the books at the 2018 Triton Super High Roller Series Jeju. The five-tournament series at the World’s Landing Casino on Jeju Island, South Korea paid out seven-figure cashes to David Peters and Kenneth Kee earlier this week.

Peters posted his first Triton series win in the HKD 500,000 ($64,000 US) 6-Max tournament. He was the last man standing from a 39-player field to cash HKD 8,775,000, which is roughly $1.1 million US. The win was Peters’ third major tournament victory of 2018 and increased his lifetime live-poker earnings to just under $22.7 million.

In Jeju it came down to Peters and Steve O’Dwyer heads-up for the tournament title. When heads-up play began, O’Dwyer had a 2-to-1 chip lead after running roughshod over much of the final table. That changed on one big hand, as Peters stole a ton of chips from O’Dwyer when both players made a flush, with Peters holding the better hand.

On the final hand of the tournament with blinds at 20,000/40,000, O’Dwyer limped in from the button and Peters raised to 170,000. O’Dwyer called and the flop showed 10d-9h-7c. Both players checked and the turn brought the 5d. Peters bet 200,000 and O’Dwyer called. The river was the Js. Peters checked and O’Dwyer moved all-in. Peters made a quick call and showed Qd-8s for a queen-high straight. O’Dwyer had Kc-Jh for a pair and was eliminated. For second place he cashed $760,500.

Kee posts first major win in Jeju

Kenneth Kee has announced himself as a force to be reckoned with in poker after taking down the HKD 1,000,000 ($127,000 US) Short Deck tournament. That followed his runner-up finish in the first tournament in the Triton Jeju series last week.

In the HKD 1,000,000 Short Deck tournament, Kee outlasted a 60-player field to cash HKD 22,500,000, which is about $2.8 million US. Not bad for a player who entered the series with less than $2,000 in lifetime poker earnings.

It came down to Kee and Cary Katz heads-up for the tournament title. On the way to heads-up play, Kee knocked out Ivan Leow, Mikita Badziakouski, Peter Jetten and Richard Young to take a 3-to-1 chip lead against Katz.

On the final hand of the tournament, Katz moved all-in pre-flop with Jd-10s and Kee called with pocket queens. The board ended up Kd-9d-7d-6h-Ks and Kee’s queens were good enough to win. For second place, Katz received $1.8 million US.