Lee Wai Kiat came out on top in Event #9: $50,000 Short Deck at Super High Roller Series Europe, winning the $513,000 first-place prize.
Wai Kiat notched his third short deck tournament cash at the extended high-stakes tournament slate at the Merit Royal Hotel Casino & Spa in North Cyprus. Together with his runner-up finish in a Triton Poker Cyprus event and a sixth-place finish in SHRS Europe Event #2, Wai Kiat was able to bring his festival winnings to $1,458,000.
2022 Super High Roller Series Europe Event #9 Results
|1st||Lee Wai Kiat||Malaysia||$513,000|
|2nd||Seth Davies||United States||$285,000|
|3rd||Jason Koon||United States||$152,000|
On his way to victory in Event #9, Wai Kiat beat a 19-entrant field, featuring some of the best short deck players in the world. The top three finishers shared the $950,000 prize pool, with American pros Seth Davies and Jason Koon joining Wai Kiat on the podium.
How Wai Kiat Won Event #6
Lee Wai Kiat battled with Jason Koon and Seth Davies on a three-handed table from early levels. They would eventually end up as the last three players remaining, which might have not looked like a likely scenario as Wai Kiat could not gain much traction early on.
The start was far from ideal for Wai Kiat, although he was still able to move into the top half of the standings by the time all bullets were put into play and registration closed.
While Koon and Davies were scoring knockouts to bring the field down to the last table, Wai Kiat was cruising steadily. He entered the seven-handed final table fourth in chips.
Chris Brewer was first to leave the table after he ran ace-queen into Danny Tang’s ace-king. Davies then took care of Phil Ivey, who four-bet shoved with king-jack only to see Davies call with ace-queen suited and hold.
A pivotal hand emerged five-handed, with Davies maneuvering the chip lead at the time. With the tournament close to the bubble, Davies tried to pressure his opponents, but his light open-shove with nine-eight offsuit came just when Wai Kiat peeled pocket kings. Wai Kiat faded Davies’ gutshot outs after the flop and doubled into the chip lead.
Next to leave was Danny Tang, who shoved the second-shortest stack on the table with the queen-jack of clubs. Koon found aces in the cutoff and a safe board for the best starting hand brought the event to the stone bubble.
Cary Katz ended up as the “bubble boy” for the third consecutive time in a short deck tournament at SHRS Europe. This one was rather uneventful as Katz could not find any spots on the final table and watched his stack slowly diminish to fewer than four button antes. Katz put his remaining chips into the middle with a flush draw in a three-way limped pot but failed to improve against Wai Kiat’s top pair with ace-nine.
Wai Kiat paced the three-handed play, during which Koon and Davies swapped positions when Davies called Koon’s preflop jam. Davies had the king-queen of diamonds and he held against king-jack to move into second place.
Shortly thereafter, Koon was knocked out in third place. Wai Kiat shoved from the cutoff with jack-ten and Koon called with a dominating queen-jack suited but a ten on the flop eliminated him.
Wai Kiat had more than a 2-1 lead at the start of the heads-up match but Davies was able to continuously inch closer to his opponent. At one point, Davies took over the chip lead but, for the most part, the two stacks were fairly close.
With the tournament progressing and antes getting more expensive, Wai Kiat and Davies were open-shoving a considerable portion of their hands. For a while, they traded pots preflop with no contest. During that stretch, Wai Kiat was able to pull slightly ahead.
The final showdown came when Wai Kiat shoved for an effective 15 button antes with the ace-six of clubs. Davies called with queen-jack, and while he flopped the top pair, Wai Kiat hit trip sixes on the turn. The river was a brick and Wai Kiat was crowned the winner.
2022 Super High Roller Series Leaderboard Top 10
Phil Ivey proved his incredible high-stakes poker longevity ónce again, winning the 2022 Super High Roller Series Europe leaderboard. Ivey accumulated 1,725 PGT points across the festival, which saw him cash in five events, including two outright victories.
Ivey cashed for a total of $2,880,100 at the Triton Poker Cyprus and SHRS Europe festival. For topping the leaderboard, Ivey added a $25,000 bonus to his name and claimed the Super High Roller Series Championship title.
Daniel Dvoress pulled into second place thanks to his runner-up finish in Event #8 but he had no shot at overtaking Ivey, who won comfortably by 570 points. Jason Koon, who finished third in this final event, also finished third in the leaderboard race.
|1||Phil Ivey||United States||1,725|
|3||Jason Koon||United States||1,139|
|4||Elton Tsang||Hong Kong||1,063|
|5||Danny Tang||Hong Kong||969|
|6||Lee Wai Kiat||Malaysia||875|
|7||Jake Schindler||United States||871|
|9||Winfred Yu||Hong Kong||700|
Photo courtesy of Merit Poker.
Lee Wai Kiat shoved and Seth Davies called for around 15 button antes.
The flop came down and Davies pulled ahead.
The turn, however, fell , and suddenly Wai Kiat was in a great shape to close it out.
The stayed with Wai Kiat, who conquered the final event of the SHRS Europe poker festival.
Seth Davies was eliminated in 2nd place, taking $285,000. Lee Wai Kiat won $513,000 along with the title and a coveted trophy.
|Lee Wai Kiat||5,700,000||2,865,000|
Lee Wai Kiat completed and Seth Davies checked.
Wai Kiat bet 120,000 on the flop and Davies raised to 350,000. Wai Kiat burned a time extension and then announced he was all in. Davies let it go.
|Lee Wai Kiat||2,835,000||530,000|
|Lee Wai Kiat||2,305,000||-110,000|
Seth Davies called, Lee Wai Kiat checked, and they went to the flop. Davies checked, Wai Kiat bet 150,000, and Davies called.
Both players checked the turn and the completed the board. Davies burned a time extension and then fired 525,000. Wai Kiat immediately folded.
|Lee Wai Kiat||2,415,000||-335,000|
Seth Davies has been continuously working his stack up and he’s now in pole position with 2,950,000.
|Lee Wai Kiat||2,750,000||-100,000|
In a limped pot, Lee Wai Kiat and Seth Davies checked to the turn, where Wai Kiat check-called 80,000.
The river fell and Wai Kiat checked. Davies cut out a bet of 300,000 and Wai Kiat matched the wager.
Davies turned up the and Wai Kiat took it down with the .
|Lee Wai Kiat||4,200,000||250,000|
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