Santhosh Suvarna emerged as the victor in the 2023 Triton Super High Roller Series North Cyprus festival, becoming the first champion to be crowned. Hailing from India, Suvarna showcased his high-stakes prowess by outlasting a field of 158 entries in the $25,000 buy-in ‘GG Super Millions’ no-limit hold’em event. His triumph earned him $700,000 in prize money and marked his first live tournament title.
Expressing his elation, Suvarna conveyed his happiness to Triton reporters, stating, “Finally, I won this tournament.”
This remarkable achievement also brought Suvarna his largest cash prize to date, surpassing the $628,000 he earned with a fourth-place finish in a $75,000 buy-in event at the Triton Vietnam series earlier in the year. As a result, his recorded earnings now amount to nearly $1.5 million.
Furthermore, Suvarna’s impressive performance earned him 1,008 points in the Card Player Player of the Year standings, solidifying his position as a noteworthy contender. This marked his second final-table finish of the year, accumulating a total of 1,416 points and placing him within the top 90 in the 2023 POY race standings presented by Global Poker.
The tournament took place over two days at the Merit Royal Diamond Hotel & Spa in North Cyprus. The final day commenced with 29 players remaining, and 23 competitors securing a cash prize. Karim Rebei held the top spot on the leaderboard at the start of the day but ultimately finished in 11th place, earning $77,000. Several notable players also made it into the money but fell short of the final table, including Adrian Mateos, a four-time bracelet winner (23rd), Dylan Linde, a World Poker Tour champion and bracelet winner (22nd), Patrik Antonius (21st), Stoyan Madanzhiev, the 2020 WSOP Online main event champion (20th), Henrik Hecklen, the 2022 Triton Madrid main event champion (12th), and Orpen Kisacikoglu, the winner of the 2023 Triton Vietnam $75,000 event (10th).
The final table action began with Christopher Putz finishing in 9th place and taking home $91,600. His A-5 hand fell victim to Nicolas Chouity’s A-Q, resulting in his elimination. Shortly thereafter, Alex Boika departed in 8th place as his pocket threes lost a preflop race against Sam Greenwood’s A-K suited, securing Boika a prize of $115,000.
A significant showdown occurred when Sam Greenwood, holding AD10H, Tobias Schwecht, with KH8H, and Salahaddin Bedir, armed with KDKC, found themselves in a three-way all-in. The board presented a double pair, and Bedir’s kings held firm, allowing him to claim the entire pot and eliminating Schwecht in 7th place, with a cash prize of $156,400.
Robert Heidorn’s tournament journey came to an end when his A-J was overcome by Greenwood’s K-Q suited. The chips went all in after the flop, with Heidorn relying on an ace or a heart to complete his flush draw, while Greenwood held top pair. However, Heidorn failed to improve his hand and finished in 6th place, earning $211,300.
Greenwood’s fortunes took a downturn after his A-5 suited lost an all-in confrontation against Suvarna’s pocket eights. With only a single big blind advantage over Suvarna, Greenwood exited the tournament when his A-9 high hand collided with Chouity’s trip sevens