Daniel Dvoress closes out the Triton Cyprus Festival by winning the $20,000 Short Deck event


Daniel Dvoress had 17 cashes in the money Triton Poker events without coming away with the title. Finally, the eighteenth time was the fascination for the World Series of Poker bracelet winner from Canada. He emerged victorious in the final 2023 event Triton Super High Roller Series North Cyprus festival, besting a field of 29 entries to secure the title and the $214,000 prize in the $20,000 short deck event.

Dvoress now has more than $26.5 million in career tournament earnings, with more than $7 million on the way Triton events.

This victory also brought 216 Card player Player of the Year goes to Dvoress, who has made eight final tables so far this year. With over $1.6 million to date POY extension earnings and 2,305 points, Dvoress is now the 35th ranked player in 2023 POY extension tender presented by Global Poker.

Only the top five finishers cash in this event. Paul Phua busted out of the money bubble when his AQ lost to J-9 suited two times Triton winner Tom Dwan.

Stephen Chidwick quickly followed suit when his A-9 suited ran into Dvoress’s pocket tens, which improved to a set on the flop. Chidwick found no help and busted in fifth place, earning $55,100 for his fifth win of the series. Chidwick has made ten final tables in 2023, winning three titles along the way. The defence POY extension the champion now sits in 12th place in the POY extension ranks with nearly $3.5 million to date POY extension earnings and 3,256 total points.

First time Triton casher Denys Chufarin was next to bust, holding A-10 suited against Dvoress’ pocket jacks. Chufarin secured $68,100 for his efforts.

Ace-high battled again against a big pair in the pocket on the next key hand at the final table. Recent pot-limit Omaha event winner Michael Watson held AQ suited facing Dwan’s pocket queens. The pair held on again, and Watson settled for $94,800 for third place. This was Watson’s ninth final table of the year, with four titles won and over $3.3 million in POY extension earnings accrued so far. With this last deep run, Watson strengthened his position to fifth in the standings POY extension classification.

Tom DwanHeads-up play began with Dwan holding a more than 2:1 chip lead over Dvoress. Things settled down as play continued, with Dvoress moving forward in time for the final hand.

All the chips went in on the KSuit in spadeskClub dressjSuit in spades flop with Dwan holding queensClub dressjClub dress for kings and queens. Dvoress had QSuit in spades7Suit in spades for a flush draw. The 7Club dress the turn also gave Dwan a flush draw, while Dvoress made his own pair. The 7Diamond dress he finally gave Dvoress a backdoor full house, seven full kings, to lock down the pot and the title. Dwan was eliminated in second place, earning $148,000 to bring his career total to more than $5.9 million.

Here’s a look at payments and POY extension points awarded in this event:

Place Player Earnings POY extension Points
1 Daniel Dvoressa $214,000 216
2 Tom Dwan $148,000 180
3 Michael Watson $94,800 144
4 Denis Chufarin $68,100 108
5 Stephen Chidwick $55,100 90

Photo credits: Triton Poker / Joe Giron.

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