With live tournament earnings of over $23 million, John Juanda is one of the world’s most profitable poker players. Last night, the Indonesian poker pro further boosted his bankroll after battling against Fedor Holz in the heads-up final of the Triton Super High Roller Series HK$1,000,000 Main Event.
Juanda was awarded his largest ever live cash of HK$22,410,400 (approximately $2.87 million) for remaining the last man standing from a field of some of the world’s best high rollers.
The poker room at Galaxy Macau in the global casino gambling capital was the arena of the latest edition of the Triton Super High Roller Series. Players from all over Asia and the rest of the world flocked to the gambling venue to take part in the major festival.
The HK$1 million Main Event attracted unprecedented interest and by the time registration for the tournament close, there had been 83 names listed as participants. There were 57 unique competitors and 26 re-entries. A prize pool of HK$78,086,400 was thus created, but only the top 12 finishers received a share. The bubble burst towards the end of Day 2 of the tournament.
Play resumed on Day 3 with the eight final table competitors. Spain’s Adrian Mateos entered eight-handed play as the chip leader with 4.785 million. Juanda was the short stack at the time but the player quickly gained momentum and managed to grow a formidable chip stack.
The Indonesian poker pro eventually had to face none other but Fedor Holz for a final heads-up match. The young German took the poker world by storm several years ago with his skills and technique. Last year only, he collected more than $16 million in live tournament earnings, mostly from by taking down high roller events.
A Clash of Poker Titans
Juanda entered the heads-up match with solid chip advantage over Holz. The eventual winner had 13.5 million in chips to his opponent’s stack of 7.25 million. With two seasoned high rollers, the heads-up match promised to be a long one and expectations were not failed. It took four and a half hours before the name of the champion became known.
Entering as the chip leader, Juanda quickly extended his advantage significantly. However, Holz managed to recover and almost evened their stacks only to be cut again. Shortly after, two quick and massive pots secured the German with the chip lead, but his triumph was short-lived as Juanda regained momentum and the lead only three hands later. The Indonesian poker pro never looked back from that point on.
On the final hand of play, Holz shoved pre-flop after his opponent had limped on the button. Juanda asked for a count and went into the tank for a couple of minutes. Eventually, the player called with [Ah][5s] against Holz’s [As][3h]. The [9c][10h][6s][6c][5h] landed on the board to mark the end of the tournament. Holz collected HK$16,398,000 for his performance.
In his post-victory interviews Juanda did not miss the opportunity to praise the young German, saying he is an awesome player and a very tough opponent with a playing style much different from his own.