Laszlo Bujtas Wins Triton Series Madrid Turbo Poker Tournament Title


Laszlo Bujtas is having one of his best years on the live tournament circuit. The established online poker grinder has made six final tables in high-stakes events so far in 2022, cashing in over $2.5 million along the way. The Hungarian’s last deep run saw him race through a fast-paced field of 37 entries Triton Madrid Series Eigh-max turbo no-limit hold’em at €50,000, paying out €630,000 ($661,500) USD) and his first title of the year.

It was the fourth-highest tally of Bujtas’ career, behind only the $797,609 he earned as a runner-up in 2018. World Series of Poker Europe the main event and the $791,219 he earned for winning a €25,000 event in 2019 European Poker Tour Barcelona festival. He now has over $5.7 million in tournament winnings registered to his name.

Bujtas also got 408 card player Player of the Year points for this latest victory, taking his total points to 2,111. As a result, he climbed to 17th place in the 2022 edition POY race, sponsored by World poker.

The top six won cash in this event, with Bujtas being joined at the final table by some of the hottest names in the game, as well as a pair of new faces. Bali Gee and Denys Homliavyi had never recorded cash in a live tournament before participating in this event. According to Triton reporters, Homliavyi had only returned to the game in the past few days watching live coverage of this series while on location in Madrid. The Ukrainian cryptocurrency investor performed well despite his lack of experience.

Gee, a friend of Homliavyi who allegedly encouraged him to try his luck in this event, finished sixth for $136,500 USD. He lost the majority of his stack with a pair of sevens coming up against Wiktor Malinowski’s pocket jacks. He then got the last of his chips with AJ and made two pair, but Malinowski’s Q-10 improved into a straight to reduce the field to five.

Thrice World Series of Poker bracelet winner Jeremy Ausmus was next to fall. His AQ lost a classic race to Bujtas pocket jacks to finish fifth ($174,300 USD). It was the American poker pro’s 13th final table this year, winning two titles and over $1.6 million in prize money. He now sits at 3,162 place du POY classification accordingly.

Malinowski’s run in this event came to an end when his KJ faced off against Homliavyi’s suited AQ. Malinowski, the 2021 European Super High Roller Bowl champion, won $223,125 USD for his strong performance.

Like Ausmus, 2019 POY Award-winning Stephen Chidwick was already making his 13th final table appearance in 2022. He finished third when his little blind shove with a humble 5-2 was followed by A-10 from a Homliavyi coming off the big blind. Chidwick failed to come from behind and settled for $291,375 USD. With 3,066 POY points, he is now in fourth place overall. He’s already banked over $2.9 million this year, bringing his lifetime total to over $41.1 million.

The heads-up started with Bujtas holding an approximate 2:1 lead over Homliavyi. That spread was narrowed considerably before a preflop cooler (pocket of kings versus pocket eights) saw Bujtas’ stack in tatters. He managed to double his remaining single blind several times and eventually won the final all-in to secure the title. Homliavyi won $455,700 USD for his debut on the poker scene.

Here is an overview of the payments and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Laszlo Bujtas $661,500 408
2 Denys Homliavyi $455,700 340
3 Stephen Chidwick $291,375 272
4 Wiktor Malinowski $223,125 204
5 Jeremy Ausmus $174,300 170
6 Bali Gee $136,500 136

Photo credit: Joe Giron / Triton Poker.

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