Triton Poker is back for its third season with a fresh new offering that will set it apart from the rest of the poker tournaments out there. The poker operator has decided to use a short-deck, ante-only poker format that will challenge the poker tournament norm.
The young Triton Poker tournament was only founded in 2015 by Malaysian businessman and philanthropist Richard Yong, who wanted to create a high roller tournament that will enable wealthy Asian businessmen to switch hands with some of the world’s most notable poker players.
That was quite a task as the poker market is packed with top brands and a large number of high roller events such as the Super High Roller Bowl (SHRB) the European Poker Tour (EPT) High Rollers, partypoker MILLIONS High Rollers, and the World Series of Poker (WSOP) High Rollers and the mega Big For One Drop.
This made it pretty challenging for Triton to compete with the big guns.
Triton decided to carve a niche for itself by launching the first short-deck, ante-only poker format, a format that has never been used in live tournaments before. This kind of poker format works much like the big blind ante format that is gaining momentum in the bigger tournaments, where plays are much quicker than the traditional No-Limit Hold’em (NLHE). The difference is that in short-deck poker, the deck is cut down to a 36-card deck since all the 2s, 3s, 4s and 5s are removed. It’s also known as Six Plus Hold ’Em.
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Phil Ivey Backs Triton’s New Format
Poker pro Phil Ivey says that this kind of format is more exciting than the traditional NLHE. In a statement, he said,
There’s a lot of gambling involved. The equities run pretty close, so it’s pretty easy to get your money in the middle and be 50/50 or somewhere near that. It suits a more gambling style of player
In addition to the short-deck, the players at the Triton Poker tournament will have to play with the ante only, no big blind. Each player posts an ante until a player on the button posts a double ante. The first to act is the player on the left of the button, and then the game proceeds like a traditional NLHE.
The first stop of the Triton Poker will be held at the Maestral Resort & Casino in Montenegro from May 13-18 with four games: HKD 240,000+10,000 Short-Deck, Ante Only event, HKD 240,000+10,000 6-Max No-Limit Hold’em event, a HKD 960,000+40,000 Short Deck, and the HKD 960,000+40,000 (approx. USD 128,000) No-Limit Hold’em Main Event.