Roman Hrabec Wins Biggest Ever $100K Tournament at Triton Poker Jeju

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The 2024 Triton Super High Roller Series Jeju event in South Korea etched its mark in tournament poker history. At the Landing Casino Jeju, 216 entries flooded the $100,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event, setting a record for the largest field size in a six-figure buy-in tournament. The turnout amassed a staggering $21,600,000 prize pool, with eventual champion Roman Hrabec seizing $4,330,000.

For the 28-year-old Czech poker professional and former hockey player, this victory marked a significant milestone, dwarfing his previous earnings of $915,000 from a third-place finish in the World Series of Poker Online last year. Hrabec’s career earnings now exceed $9.4 million, placing him second among Czech players.

Reflecting on his triumph, Hrabec remarked to Triton reporters, “I will say, it feels quite amazing… Yeah, that feels pretty good.”

This win marked Hrabec’s first title and fourth final table appearance of the year, following a fifth-place finish in a $25,000 buy-in event earlier in the festival. With this victory, he accrued 1,800 Card Player Player of the Year points, boosting his total to 2,955 points and over $5.1 million in year-to-date earnings, propelling him to third place in the 2024 Player of the Year standings by Global Poker.

The event saw notable players cashing in, including Tim Adams (35th), Michael Watson (33rd), and Stephen Chidwick (10th), among others.

Eliminations unfolded with Alex Kulev exiting first, followed by Chris Brewer. Elton Tsang, fresh from a recent victory, clinched a vital hand against Igor Yaroshevskyy, securing a seventh-place finish for the latter. Fahredin Mustafov and Matthias Eibinger followed suit, with Eibinger departing in fifth place after a showdown with Hrabec.

Patrik Antonius’s bid to halt Hrabec’s momentum fell short as he succumbed in fourth place, followed by Tsang in third place after a clash with Jean-Noel Thorel.

In the final showdown, Hrabec held a commanding chip lead over Thorel. A decisive hand sealed the deal as Hrabec flopped a set of kings, clinching victory and the title. Thorel took home a career-best payout of $2,875,000 as the runner-up, adding to his impressive lifetime earnings nearing $18.9 million.

Triton Poker Jeju $100K NLH Main Event Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1 Roman Hrabec Czechia $4,330,000
2 Jean-Noel Thorel France $2,875,000
3 Elton Tsang Hong Kong $2,105,000
4 Patrik Antonius Finland $1,697,000
5 Matthias Eibinger Austria $1,330,000