Santhosh Suvarna is the first champion to be decided at 2023 Triton Super High Roller Series North Cyprus Festival. The high-stakes player from India survived a field of 158 entries in the $25,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em “GG Super Millions” event, earning $700,000 and his first live tournament title for the victory.
“I am so happy,” Suvarna said Triton reporters after it was all over. “I finally won this tournament.”
This was Suvarna’s biggest win to date, surpassing the $628,000 he secured for a fourth-place finish in a $75,000 buy-in event at the Newt Vietnam series earlier this year. He now has nearly $1.5 million in registered earnings to his name.
In addition to the title and money, Suvarna also received 1,008 Card player Player of the Year_ points after coming out on top. This was his second final table of the year. With 1,416 total points, Suvarna now sits in the top 90 in 2023 POY extension race classification presented by Global Poker.
This event took place over the course of two days at the Merit Royal Diamond Hotel & Spa in Northern Cyprus. The final day started with 29 players remaining and 23 cashes. Karim Rebei started the day atop the leaderboard, but eventually finished 11th for $77,000. Plenty of other notables cashed, only to miss the final table, including four-time bracelet winner Adrian Mateos (23rd), Poker World Tour champion and bracelet winner Dylan Linde (22nd), Patrik Antonius (21st), 2020 WSOP on line main event champion Stoyan Madanzhiev (20th), 2022 Triton Madrid main event champion Henrik Hecklen (12th) and 2023 Newt Vietnam $75,000 event winner Orpen Kisacikoglu (10th).
Christopher Putz (9th – $91,600) was the first to fall at the final table, with his A-5 meeting 2010’s AQ EPT Grand finale main event winner Nicolas Chouity. Alex Boika quickly followed suit, with his pocket threes losing a race preflop to Sam Greenwood’s AK suited. Boika took home $115,000 in eighth place.
The next big showdown was a three-way all-in with Sam Greenwood moving all-in from the button with aces10Tobias Schwecht calls from the small blind for four big blinds with kings8 and Salahaddin Bedir waking up with Kk in the big blind and calling all-in for his last 10 big blinds. The board made two pair and Bedir’s kings held to give him the whole pot, eliminating Schwecht in seventh place ($156,400).
Robert Heidorn’s run in this event ended when his AJ was outmatched by Greenwood’s KQ. The chips moved all-in after the flop with Heidorn hoping for an ace or a heart to complete his flush draw, while Greenwood had top pair. Heidorn didn’t get any help on subsequent streets and was eliminated in sixth place ($211,300).
Greenwood was significantly short after his A-5 suited lost an all-in showdown against Suvarna’s pocket eights. Greenwood had Suvarna covered by just one big blind, and was eliminated moments later when his A-9 high ran into Chouity’s set of sevens. Greenwood received $272,500 as fifth-place finisher. He now has nearly $32.3 million in lifetime tournament earnings, good for second place on the all-time cashes list for his home country of Canada. Earlier this year, Greenwood bagged $3,276,760 as champion of the $250,000 buy-in high roller at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. With two titles, five final tables and $4.1 million to date POY extension earnings, Greenwood is now the 55th ranked competitor on the POY extension classification.
Igor Yaroshevskyy spent most of day 2 as one of the big stacks, but slipped to the bottom at the final table and eventually busted in fourth place ($339,500). He posted his last 12 big blinds with pocket sixes against Suvarna’s KJ, who was starting to run away from the lead. A jack on the flop gave Suvarna the lead and a king on the turn left Yaroshevskyy within yards of elimination. The river was empty. Suvarna extended his chip lead by playing threes.
After a few hands, the final three agreed to discuss a cut. Eventually, an agreement was reached which redistributed the remaining prize money as follows:
Santhosh Suvarna – $700,000
Nicolas Chouity – $636,000
Selahaddin Bedir: $620,000
The deal also stipulated that Suvarna, as chip leader, would secure the title and the trophy. Chouity was officially the runner-up, while Bedir placed third. They played briefly, but a three-way all-in sealed things, with Suvarna hitting the nut flush to pick up all the chips and close out the tournament.
Here’s a look at payments and POY extension points awarded at the final table:
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Photo credits: Triton Poker / Joe Giron.