Hoiana Resort & Golf
The stars have been playing poker at the Hoiana Resort & Golf as the Triton Poker Series takes Vietnam by storm!

Poker has thrived in Vietnam this week as the Triton Poker Series festival takes place at the beautiful Hoiana Resort & Golf in the historic country. With players such as opening event star Michael Soyza selling their action on PokerStake, who has won the first five events? Let’s look back at the action.


Event #1 Won by Chin Wei Lim for $965,000


The opening event of the 2023 Triton Poker Series in Vietnam was the GGPoker sposored Super MILLION Event #1, which was won by the Malaysian player Chin Wei Lim. Lim took the title after getting the better of Czech Republic player Roman Hrbaec, whose rise to prominence in the high roller fraternity is well known.


Plenty of other big names survived into the money places, with Erik Seidel (21st for $48,000), Patrik Antonius (13th for $70,500) and PokerStake seller Michael Soyza (7th for $164,000, pleasing his many investors) all making a profit on their entry fee of $25,000. In the top five, Nick Petrangelo busted first for $286,300) before Seth Davies (4th for $357,000) and Chris Brewer (3rd for $435,500) all got close but lost their seats before heads-up began.


Triton Poker Series Vietnam Event #1 Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Prize
1st Chin Wei Lim Malaysia $965,000
2nd Roman Hrabec Czech Republic $653,600
3rd Chris Brewer U.S.A. $435,500
4th Seth Davies U.S.A. $357,000
5th Nick Petrangelo U.S.A. $286,300
6th Sosia Jiang New Zealand $222,000
7th Michael Soyza Malaysia $164,000
8th Jonathan Jaffe U.S.A. $121,000
9th Alex Kulev Bulgaria $96,300


Nacho Barbero Wins Event #2 for $600,000


The second event of the series went in favor of the Argentinian player Nacho Barbero, who has already enjoyed the kind of year tournament players dream of, having won millions in the PSPC in The Bahamas. Barbero booked an outright win here, taking home the top prize of $600,000 after outlasting Dutchman Jans Arends heads-up.


With 23 players cashing in the $15,000-entry event, players such as Steve O’Dwyer (20th for $32,500), Adrian Mateos (14th for $39,900) and Mike Watson (11th for $50,300) all finished just short of the final table, where there were repeat results for players such as Seth Davies (7th for $102,100) and Alex Kulev (6th for $138,0000, while Brian Kim (3rd for $271,000) just missed out on the final duel.


Triton Poker Series Vietnam Event #2 Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Prize
1st Nacho Barbero Argentina $600,000
2nd Jans Arends Holland $406,000
3rd Brian Kim U.S.A. $271,000
4th Lee Wai Kiat Malaysia $222,000
5th Aleks Ponakovs Latvia $178,000
6th Alex Kulev Bulgaria $138,000
7th Seth Davies U.S.A. $102,100
8th Kean Wie Tran Malaysia $75,000
9th Linus Loeliger Switzerland $60,000


Mark Rubbathan Wins Event #3 for $396,000


The third event of the Triton Poker Series in Vietnam ended with the first British winner as Mark Rubbathan took home $396,000 for getting the better of a poker legend heads-up. Wiktor Malinowski, who frequently plays tournaments such as the GGPoker Super MILLION$ weekly $10,3000-entry tournament series, from locations such as Macau, came second for a score of $268,000.


With the third event of the series, an 8-handed Mystery Bounty event, costing $20,000 to play, there were 27 money places, with another British player, Ben Heath, sneaking into profit in 24th place for $17,900. Phil Nagy – who famously helped Ebony Kenney fulfil her dream in the story of 2022, her stunning triumph in Northern Cyprus – came 20th for $21,500, while others such as Patrik Antonius (19th for the same amount) and Chin Wei Lim (12th for $29,500) achieved a second cash of the series in the first three events.


Artur Martirosian (11th for $34,000) missed out on the final table, which saw Pedro Garagnani (9th for $40,100) and Timothy Adams (8th for $48,500) bust early before Victor Chong (3rd for $184,000) miss out on the battle for the trophy.


Triton Poker Series Vietnam Event #3 Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Prize
1st Mark Rubbathan United Kingdom $396,000
2nd Wiktor Malinowski Poland $268,000
3rd Victor Chong Malaysia $184,000
4th Daniel Dvoress Canada $150,400
5th Kean Wie Tan Malaysia $120,000
6th Unknown Player N/A $92,000
7th Joao Vieira Portugal $67,000
8th Timothy Adams Canada $48,500
9th Pedro Garagnani Brazil $40,100


Jans Arends Wins Event #5 for $921,000


The fifth event of the Triton Poker Series took Jans Arends from nearly man in Event #2 to the top, as the Dutch professional won the fourth event of the Vietnam festival for a top-scoring first prize of $921,178. This time, he managed to get the better of his heads-up opponent, as Malaysia’s Lee Wai Kiat scored his second top-four finish of the series (also starring in Event #2) but was unable to see out victory as Arends bagged the win.


Elsewhere in the event, with 23 players again cashing, Nick Petrangelo bagged his latest result by min-cashing for $59,500 in 22nd place in this $30,000 buy-in event. Others to bag a profit included Adrian Mateos again (18th for $64,600), Michael Addamo (15th for $79,500),  and Stephen Chidwick, who bubbled the final table in 10th place for $100,000.


In the final table shootout, an early elimination skittled the chances of Daniel Dvoress in 7th place for $149,000, while the U.S. trio of Seth Davies (5th for $353,700), Brian Kim (4th for $441,000) and Jonathan Jaffe (3rd for $766,890) all got close only to miss out on the thrilling denouement of Event #5.


Triton Poker Series Vietnam Event #5 Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Prize
1st Jans Arends Netherlands $921,178
2nd Lee Wai Kiat Malaysia $851,932
3rd Jonathan Jaffe U.S.A. $766,890
4th Brian Kim U.S.A. $441,000
5th Seth Davies U.S.A. $353,700
6th Biao Ding China $275,000
7th Oscar Brodkin United Kingdom $203,000
8th Daniel Dvoress Canada $149,000
9th Kayhan Roshanfekr Norway $119,000


You can watch what happens in Event #7 of the Triton Poker Series Vietnam right here: