The latest Super High Roller Series is taking place in Cyprus, as the Triton Poker Series plays out in Eastern Europe, and in the opening events, there has been drama, excitement and some very big names being successful at nosebleed stakes. With stars such as Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius and Michael Addamo all in attendance, what has happened so far?

Early Events See Finnish Flair

The opening event was a $25,000-entry No Limit Hold’em event, which saw a massive prizepool of $3,275,000 accumulated in no time at all. With 131 total entries, it was the Finnish high stakes player Patrik Antonius who eventually ended up the winner, claiming the top prize of $825,000 in doing so.

In Event #2, the prize to play went up, with each of the 123 entries costing $30,000 rather than $25,000. This time, the champion was renowned live and online professional Ben Tollerene, who took the title and top prize of $807,927 as he saw off the competition, with an even bigger prizepool of $3,690,000 amassed.

Event #3 of the 2022 Triton Poker Series in Cyprus saw the Merit Royal Diamond Hotel & Casino play host to 117 entries, with the entry fee of $50,000 of seeing a total prizepool of $5,850,000 gathered. Pieter Aerts won the top prize of $1,472,000 as he became the third winner on the series.

The Coin Rivet Invitational Begins

The $200,000-entry Coin Rivet Invitational is the jewel in the crown of this high roller series in Northern Cyprus on the glimmering coast.  With 90 unique entries, it has a huge $5.5 million up for grabs to the winner and with 17 places paid, is down to the final 25 players after a rollercoaster couple of days at the felt.

The 90 players who took part have been whittle down dramatically, and there have been some very big eliminations so far. Scott Ball, who tweeted how excited he was to take part in the event – as he revealed on Twitter (below) – busted in 85th place as one of the first players to lose his seat.

Others quickly followed, with Rob Yong, winner of the One Drop High Roller earlier in the week, busting in 83rd place, well short of the money. Other big names quickly followed, with Yong’s fellow British player Talal Shakerchi (81st), Yuri Dzivielevski (80th), Artur Martirosian (78th), David Peters (77th), Michael Addamo (76th) and Steve O’Dwyer (75th) failing to get near the top 50.

World Champion Among Those to Miss the Money

With Day 1 turning into Day 2, the action was thrilling fans on the Triton Poker YouTube stream, where Phil Ivey busted in the first level of play on his entry, losing out with a king-high flush to Linus Loeliger’s ace-high flush.

He wasn’t the only WSOP bracelet winner to crash out, as the 2022 world champion Espen Jørstad, who earlier in the week won the poker world’s first ‘Slapellite’ Tortilla Challenge, lost out in 68th place, one place later than World Series legend Erik Seidel.

Others to miss the money included Felipe Ramos (57th), Kahle Burns (54th), Sam Greenwod (46th), Isaac Haxton (44th), Stephen Chidwick (38th), Danny Tang (34th), Adrian Mateos (29th), Patrik Antonius (24th) and Chris Brewer, who would later apologize to his fans and investors for busting one place short of the money after he misread the action at the table with distastrous consequences.

With 17 left, Eric Worre departed in 17th place for a cash worth $380,000. 16 remain, and while some stars are short, such as Ebony Kenney (895,000 – 11 big blinds), Aleks Ponakovs (980,000 – 12 big blinds) and Serh Davies (1,225,000 – 15 big blinds), everyone in the top ten will be dreaming of the $5.5 million top prize on offer.

2022 Triton Poker Series $200,000 Coin Rivet Invitational Top 10 Chipcounts:

Place Player Country Chips
1st Fedor Holz Germany 6,245,000
2nd Linus Loeliger Switzerland 5,885,000
3rd Karl Chappe-Gatien France 3,095,000
4th Elias Talvitie Finland 2,225,000
5th Sam Grafton United Kingdom 2,165,000
6th Horace Wei Hong Kong 2,150,000
7th Theis Vad Hennebjerre Denmark 2,040,000
8th Tom Vogelsang U.S.A. 1,955,000
9th Dan Cates U.S.A. 1,905,000
10th Tony G Lithuania 1,760,000




Cliff Spiller

Cliff Spiller is a veteran casino writer with decades of experience under his belt. He's played at –and reviewed– countless of online casinos, and has written dozens of casino game guides. His strategy articles, and gambling news updates have been a fixture in the industry since 2004. A native of North Texas, Cliff is a long-suffering Dallas Cowboys fan. He enjoys sports and games of all sorts, including sports betting.

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