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Hands of the Week: Two Royal Flushes & an Ivey Win at 2022 Triton Poker Cyprus

April 15, 2022
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Over the years, we’ve captured memorable hands, many of which have become a part of poker history. In this column, we will bring you some of the biggest hands of the week as reported in the PokerNews Live Updates from the 2022 Triton Poker Cyprus.

The five-event series, which you can read about in full here, crowned winners such as Andras Nemeth, Phil Ivey, and Winfred Yu.

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Kim Makes Royal Flush to Chunk Soyza

Tommy Kim
Tommy Kim

In Event #1: $50,000 NLH 6-Handed, it was Level 19 (30,000/60,000/60,000) when Tommy Kim raised to 120,000 with {k-Clubs}{j-Clubs} from the cutoff and Michael Soyza called with {k-Hearts}{9-Hearts} from the small blind. The big blind got out of the way and action was heads-up.

The flop was {10-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{j-Hearts} and Soyza checked. Kim bet 80,000 and Soyza check-called to see {a-Clubs} on the turn.

Both players checked the turn and {q-Clubs} came on the river.

Soyza bet 400,000 and Kim took another look to make sure he had it. Kim raised to 1,000,000 and Soyza quickly called. The cards were turned over and Soyza saw the bad news while Kim dragged the big pot with the Royal Flush.

Davies First to Bust

Seth Davies
Seth Davies

In Event #2: $100,000 NLH 8-Handed it was Level 3 (1,000/1,500/1,500) when Daniel Dvoress raised to 3,000 from the button and Artur Martirosian three-bet to 15,000 from the small blind. Seth Davies was sitting in the big blind and four-bet to 37,000 after using a time bank. Dvoress contemplated his options and then decided to five-bet to 70,000. Martirosian got out of their way and Davies six-bet shoved for around 160,000. Dvoress snap-called.

Seth Davies: {a-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}
Daniel Dvoress: {k-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}

The flop came {7-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{k-Spades} for Dvoress to hit a set of kings.

The turn was the {j-Spades} which didn't change anything and neither did the {9-Spades} on the river for Davies to be sent away from the tables ... or was it Stephen Chidwick?

Watson Hits Royal Flush to Double & Take Chip Lead

Mike Watson
Mike Watson

In the same tournament in Level 21 (50,000/100,000/100,000), Mike Watson limped in from the small blind and Tom Vogelsang checked his option from the big blind.

Watson bet 100,000 on the flop of {2-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{8-Spades} and Vogelsang raised to 400,000. Watson reraised to 800,000 and Vogelsang four-bet jammed with Watson covered. Watson called off.

Mike Watson: {q-Hearts}{10-Hearts}
Tom Vogelsang: {j-Clubs}{2-Spades}

Vogelsang was slightly ahead with two pair while Watson had flush and straight draws. The {a-Hearts} on the turn gave him the flush and the {k-Hearts} on the river gave him a Royal Flush he didn't need to double up and stay alive.

Running Clubs Send Cates to the Rail

Dan Cates
Dan Cates

In Event #3: $75,000 Short Deck, it was Level 13 (40,000 ante) when Daniel Cates shoved from the cutoff for 715,000 and Watson called on the button.

Daniel Cates: {a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}
Mike Watson: {a-Spades}{j-Clubs}

The board ran out {9-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{k-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{8-Clubs} with the running clubs eliminating Cates in tenth place.

Ouch for the @junglemandan ## # Dan is knocked out in 10th following a disgusting hand vs @SirWatts ## in the $… https://t.co/xWvn8tnqdR

— Triton Poker (@tritonpoker)

Ivey Straightens Out Leow on Way to Victory

Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey

In the same tournament, it was Level 16 (80,000 ante) when Ivan Leow shoved for 1,170,000 from under the gun. Phil Ivey called and the remaining players all folded.

Ivan Leow: {q-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}
Phil Ivey: {a-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}

Leow had run into the aces of Ivey who had his opponent covered by only three antes. However, Leow flopped a set on the {q-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{8-Hearts} flop. The {7-Clubs} gave Ivey a gutshot, and he completed that straight on the {6-Spades} river.

With the ace playing low (in short deck, A-6-7-8-9 is a wheel), Ivey's nine-high straight saw him eliminate Leow in seventh place. Ivey would go on to win the tournament for $1,170,000.

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