Aaron Zang Wins £1 Million Buy-in Tournament For £13,779,491!!!

In the first weekend of August, a champion has been crowned in what could be called the highest buy-in ever in poker tournament history.

Triton Million – A Helping Hand for Charity

  • Schedule: August 1 to 3, 2019
  • Buy-in: £1 million + £50,000 entry fee (approx. US$ 1.3 million)
  • Venue: Grand Ballroom of Park Lane Hilton in London
Aaron Zang became the victor amongst a field of 54 players who joined the £1,050,000 buy-in Triton Million – A Helping Hand for Charity invitational-only NLHE event, taking home £13,779,491 ($16,775,820) after making a deal at the beginning of heads-up play. Zang from China was one of the 27 recreational players who participated after being invited by a poker pro guest in the record-setting event that raised a total of £2.7 million for charity.

The buy-in of £1,050,000, the most money ever to pay to enter a poker tournament in which the £50,000 of each person shall go towards charity, has accumulated a total prize pool of £54 million from the 54 players.

Zang was able to overcome a super-stacked final table on August 3, Saturday. He even outlasted many of the best pros in poker tournament history, defeating Bryn Kenney in a heads-up match in the end. Bryn Kenney earned a total of £16,890,509 ($20,563,324) as runner-up, which is now the biggest single payout in history ever to be won in a poker tournament. Kenney’s record-breaking score has catapulted his career live tournament earnings to $55,505,630 now, enabling him to surpass Justin Bonomo ($45 million) and take the no. 1 spot on poker’s All-Time Money List.

  • Aaron Zang earned £13,779,491 ($16,775,820) while Bryn Kenney got £16,890,509 ($20,563,324) in a heads-up deal before Zang ultimately claimed the title.
  • Aaron Zang became the first Chinese player to win on the Triton Series.
  • With this current achievement, Bryn Kenney has now dethroned Justin Bonomo in the #1 spot of poker’s All-Time Money List. He dethroned Bonomo in the US All Time Money List as well.

Aaron Zang said after the tournament, “Miracles happen.” Triton co-founder Paul Phua handed the trophy to his old friend Zang and joked, “I didn’t think you were that good.”

Zang entered as one of the businessmen rec players and admitted several times that he wasn’t as skilled as the players he outlasted in the tournament. Phua said, “This shows that anyone can win”, and encouraged more recreational players to take up poker.

Despite not winning the trophy and settling as the runner-up, 32-year-old Bryn Kenney has officially won the biggest-ever prize money in poker tournament history, and this even allowed him to leapfrog his fellow countryman Justin Bonomo to claim the top spot of poker’s all-time money list. He said, “I wanted the trophy but it’s the biggest win that anybody’s ever had, number one on the all-time money list, what can I complain about? It’s incredible.”

Final Results




Prize (£ )

Prize (USD)


Aaron Zang


£ 13,779,491*

$ 16,775,820*


Bryn Kenney


£ 16,890,509*

$ 20,563,324*


Dan Smith


£ 7,200,000

$ 8,765,628


Stephen Chidwick


£ 4,410,000

$ 5,368,947


Vivek Rajkumar


£ 3,000,000

$ 3,652,345


Bill Perkins


£ 2,200,000

$ 2,678,386


Alfred Decarolis





Timothy Adams





Wai Chan





Chin Lim





Winfred Yu

Hong Kong



*denotes a deal was made before start of heads-up play
*original payout for 1st place was £ 19,000,000; 2nd place was supposed to be £ 11,670,000

Watch the video showing Zang as the final winner of Triton Million:



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