Matthias Eibinger
Matthias Eibinger won the biggest prize of his poker career in taking down the Triton Poker Series Monte Carlo Main Event for $3.6m.

A stunning No Limit Hold’em Main Event in Monte Carlo saw Austrian player Matthias Eibinger win the Triton Poker Series title and $3.46 million as the Pokercode co-founder lifted the trophy in the European province. At a final table that featured stars of the felt such as Adrian Mateos, Chris Brewer and Justin Bonomo, Eibinger’s result was the biggest of his poker career, pushing him up into 53rd place on the all-time money list.

Haxton and Dvoress Miss Out on Final Table

With a massive 135 entries each paying $125,000 to play, the level of player was right up with the very best tournaments to take place in 2023. Super high rollers don’t come any bigger than the players at the felt and some true modern poker greats busted before the final table of nine sat down to play down to a winner.

Bruno Volkmann min-cashed for $198,000 in 23rd place, before others such as Nacho Barbero (19th for $212,000), Sam Greenwood (15th for $261,000) and Isaac Haxton (13th for $273,500) all missed out on the final table of nine. It was the Canadian player Daniel Dvoress who missed out on the final table by a single place, cashing for $329,000 in 10th place.

Heading into the final nine, the Spanish player and three-time WSOP bracelet winner Adrian Mateos looked unassailable at the top of the chipcounts, bagging up 125 big blinds, a mile clear of Chris Brewer in second place on the leaderboard with 32 big blinds. Nick Petrangelo turned out to be the first to leave the final table, all-in with pocket tens but unable to hold against the AcQh of Ken Tong. Tong flopped an ace and eliminated Nick Petrangelo in ninth place for $391,000.

Bonomo Misses Money List Chance

Into the final eight, Justin Bonomo knew that if he could take down the tournament, then he would overtake the man at the top of the All-Time Money List. Bryn Kenney was under threat in that position, but he managed to dodge Bonomo taking his position when his fellow American crashed out in eighth for $491,000. All-in with Ad5d, Bonomo couldn’t get lucky against Mateos’ AcKs, which eventually made Broadway.

Next to leave was the Latvian Aleks Ponakovs, who earned $668,000 for his seventh-placed finish. Ponakovs moved all-in with QsTc only to lose out against Chris Brewer’s AdKc, a blank board meaning Ponakovs went to the rail. He was followed soon after by another of Brewer’s victims, as Ken Tong moved all-in with Qs9s as Brewer’s AhJh prevailed, sending the newcomer Tong home with $902,000.

Out next was Quan Zhou, who banked the first seven-figure score of the event. The Chinese player was all-in short in chips with Jd5d. Unfortunately for him, he couldn’t triumph against Adrian Mateos’ pocket tens as the Spanish player sent Zhou home with $1,165,000 and a handshake.

Mateos Misses Out but a Deal is Done

Four-handed, the American Chris Brewer was the man to miss out on the podium, despite the earlier eliminations of his short-stacked opponents. Brewer committed his chips with As9s, but lost a coinflip to Santhosh Suvarna, whose pocket eights held up to send the American home with $1.45 million.

Despite winning that hand, Suvarna was next to bust and in the most painful position of all. It wasn’t that he finished in third place, as that was worth a terrific score of $1,772,000. But after his top pair and nut flush draw on the turn of a board showing Ah9c8s7c made his flush but lost to Mateos’ 8c6c which made a miraculous straight flush.

Some time later, a deal was struck between Eibinger and Mateos, as they guaranteed each other at least $3 million with the chips fairly even in their heads-up duel and the blinds shallow. Eibinger got it in with AdKh and Mateos called with TsTc. The king on the flop set the Austrian into the lead with marginally more chips, and he faded a flush to claim the biggest prize of his poker career to date, consigning Mateos to a runner-up results still worth the second-biggest amount he’s won in live ranking events.

2023 Triton Poker Series Monte Carlo $125,000 Main Event Results:
Place Player Country Prize
1st Matthias Eibinger Austria $3,461,261
2nd Adrian Mateos Spain $3,120,739
3rd Santhosh Suvarna India $1,772,000
4th Chris Brewer United States $1,450,000
5th Quan Zhou China $1,165,000
6th Ken Tong Hong Kong $902,000
7th Aleks Ponakovs Latvia $668,000
8th Justin Bonomo United States $491,000
9th Nick Petrangelo United States $391,000

Headline photo courtesy of PokerStake partner Triton Poker Series, and photographer Joe Giron