Schulman, Leow win opening events at Triton Poker Jeju

The Triton Poker Super High Roller Series set up shop in South Korea this week, with Nick Schulman and Ivan Leow winning the first two tournaments of the series.

Triton Poker Jeju is a five-tournament series running at the World’s Landing Casino on Jeju Island, South Korea from July 23-August 1. The five tournaments on the series schedule include three short deck tournaments, one with a HKD 100,000 ($13,000 US) buy-in, and two with HKD 500,000 ($64,000 US) buy-ins. The other tournaments on the schedule are a HKD 500,000 ($64,000 US) No-Limit Hold’em 6-Max tournament, and the HKD 2,000,000 ($255,000 US) No-Limit Hold’em main event.

The first tournament on the series schedule, HKD 100,000 Short Deck, was won by Schulman. He outlasted a 61-player field, including some well-known names like Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, and Fedor Holz.

It came down to Schulman and Malaysia’s Kenneth Lee heads-up for the tournament title. On the final hand of the tournament Lee pushed all-in with Qc-10c with the flop showing 10d-7d-Qd. The two pair proved to be disastrous for Lee as Schulman called with pocket Queens. Lee needed runner-runner but the 9s dropped on the turn leaving him drawing dead and giving the win to Schulman.

For first place Schulman bagged $271,975 US and his career earnings now sit at just over $10.8 million. Lee collected $168,072 for second place.

Leow cashes a million at tournament

In the second tournament of the series, HKD 500,000 Short Deck, Leow surprised the rest of the 44-player field with his first major tournament win. Leow bested Dwan and Jason Koon at the final table on the way to his victory.

It came down to Leow and France’s Rui Cao heads-up. Leow had a 3-to-1 chip lead on Cao when heads-up play began and continued to grow his stack with the same aggressive play that got him to the final table.

On the final hand of the tournament Cao looked to be in good shape after flopping a straight. However, it proved to be not quite good enough after Leow hit a flush on the river to take the hand and the tournament. For the win Leow cashed $1,079,586, while Cao received $672,989 for second place.