The high rollers put on a show in Cyprus for the latest Triton Poker series, with some jaw-dropping hero calls going viral in the poker world.
The most jaw-dropping moment came during the $30,000 no-limit six-max hold’em event with eight players remaining in the tournament. German phenom Fedor Holz, one of the highest earning players of all time with $34.2 million in live earnings and an additional $11.6 million online, opened the action with a raise from the small blind.
Viktor Kudinov, who doesn’t have many results outside of his native Russia, defended from the big blind with 10 9. The flop came K Q 2, giving Kudinov a direct ventral draw. So when Holz checks, he happily checks behind.
The ride brought the K, and the Holz bet. Kudinov made the call, and the river was the A, bricking his draw. Holz fired again, but despite only holding ten, Kudinov got into the tank.
Check out the hand below.
If you thought the now LEGENDARY
Patrik_Antoniuscall from yesterday was big.... Kudinov shows that he also has super HERO-calling powers in this hand against CrownUpGuy Is everyone over-bluffing massively in the Triton Super High Rollers? ! pic.twitter.com/GD5W21Gnb6
— Triton Poker (@tritonpoker) September 7, 2022
The announcers at Triton Poker thought Kudinov was considering a raise, not a call with his meager stake. But to their surprise, he put the chips in and his hand was good against Holz’s 6. 4.
Holz took the humble call in stride, and after the tournament explained on Twitter that his “value bets are traps, QXs and bluffs that are worse than eights.” [Kudinov] has to call some of his high hands jack and ten, and 10-9 seems [like] a good candidate for the price it gets.
Despite losing the hand, Holz lasted longer in the tournament. Kudinov just finished the official final table in seventh place, earning a career-high $164,000.
Holz then finished in fifth place for $272,300, the 25th-highest live score of his career. He would also finish seventh in the $50,000 event the following day.
The tournament was eventually won by American pro Ben Tollerene for $807,927. Learn more about the event here.
Earlier in the series, legendary high stakes pro Patrik Antonius added another trophy to his collection at the $25,000 event, along with the top prize of $825,000.
At the final table, the Finnish pro turned heads with his own hero call. With three players remaining, Antonius defended a minraise from Bulgarian Fahredin Mustafov on the button, holding J 2 in the big blind.
The flop came 7 6 2, and Antonius checks with his bottom pair. Mustafov bets and Antonius calls. The turn was the Qgiving Antonius a flush draw to go with his deuce, and once again he check-called a big bet.
The river was the A, and Antonius checked once more. Mustafov then moved all-in, testing Antonius for his tournament life. Despite its weak hold, it does not lie down immediately.
Check out the hand below.
In a decisive moment of the tournament, @Patrik_Antonius make the most of MAD CALL with huge MIC pressure from chip leader Mustafov. Have you ever seen anything like this in a $25k!?!?
— Triton Poker (@tritonpoker) September 6, 2022
It took six minutes, but Antonius finally made the call, and Mustafov was forced to show his 10 8 bluff. The double propelled Antonius to victory as he knocked out Steve O’Dwyer in third and Mustafov in second to claim the title. You can read more about this event here.
The Triton Mediterranean Poker Party The series in Cyprus will continue until September 19. The 14 events on the program have a buy-in of at least $20,000 and range up to $200,000. Check out the series results here.