November 21, 2021
In 2019, 27 amateurs and 27 of the world’s best pros competed in the biggest buy-in event in history. Now, the Triton Million – A Helping Hand for Charity poker tournament is being released as a 10-episode series on Triton Poker’s YouTube Channel.
A total of 54 players stumped up the seven-figure entry fee with £50,000 of each buy-in going to benefit 15 different charities. As a result, this saw £2.7 million going to a plethora of good causes as well as generating a staggering £54 million ($73,993,800) pound prize pool.
Here’s a look at five of either the biggest or most interesting hands from the seventh episode, which can be viewed in full below.
Hand #1: Petrangelo Stands Firm
With the blinds at 25,000/50,000/50,000, Nick Petrangelo kicked things off, raising to 125,000 from a 2,000,000 starting stack on the button with the , and Justin Bonomo made the call from a 2,700,000 starting stack holding the [As3c[ in the big blind.
A flop of joined the 325,000 in the middle. Bonomo checked, Petrangelo bet 90,000, Bonomo check-raised to 335,000, and Petrangelo called.
The hit the turn, and Bonomo continued his aggression with a 600,000 bet, which Petrangelo called.
The was the final card to fly out of the deck, and with 2,195,000 in the middle, Bonomo put Petrangelo to the test by moving all in. A tense and nervous call duly arrived, and Petrangelo was rewarded with a big chunk of chips.
Hand #2: A Gift for Rajkumar
Action was picked up with blinds still at 25,000/50,000/50,000, and Liang Yu had three-bet to 425,000 from the big blind holding the off a stack of 1,900,000. Vivek Rajkumar, who had Yu covered, made the call from the cutoff with the , and the over caller, Ferdinand Putra, folded.
Yu then check-called himself into extinction with only ace-high on a board of , catapulting Rajkumar to the top of the chip counts.
Hand #3: Chidwick Clashing With Lim
The blinds were at 30,000/60,000/60,000 when one of the tournament chip leaders, Stephen Chidwick, raised to 125,000 from the hijack seat holding the and 6,400,000 chips. Chin Wei Lim found the in the big blind and called from a stack of 3,100,000.
The dealer fanned the onto the flop, Lim checked, Chidwick continuation-bet 80,000. Lim check-raised to 260,000 and Chidwick three-bet to 600,000 to take down the pot without a showdown.
Hand #4: Badziakouski Out
The blinds were at 30,000/60,000/60,000 when Bonomo raised to 120,000 holding the in the hijack seat. Alfred DeCarolis called with the on the button and was the only caller after Mikita Badziakouski moved all in for 2,035,000 with the in the small blind.
DeCarolis had Badziakouski covered, and after the board ran out , the three-time Triton champion picked up his man bag and headed into the London night air.
Hand #5: The All-Time Money List Race Blows Wide Open
The blinds were 40,000/80,000/80,000 when Bonomo limped into the pot from the small blind holding the . Igor Kurganov moved all in with the covering stack of 1,400,000 and the in the big blind. Bonomo called off and the hands were turned on their backs.
Kurganov took the lead on a flop of , and it remained that way after the turn and completed the board.
Just like that, Bonomo left the tournament knowing that his grip on the All-Time Money spot was not as tight as it once was with Chidwick, Petrangelo, Bryn Kenney, and Dan Smith all capable of overtaking him.
Coverage of the £50,000 Triton Million Charity event continues at – million.triton-series.com.
*Images courtesy of Triton Poker/Joe Giron