Rob Yong bags his first tourney win

Jon Pill
Posted on: August 30, 2022 08:15 PDT

Rob Yong, owner of Dusk Till Dawn, took down The One Drop at the 2022 Luxon Pay Mediterranean Poker Party. The Luxon event is one of several taking place in Cyprus over the next few weeks.

The Merit Hotel and Casino played host to the event which cost $10,000 to enter. Players received 20,000 in chips and another 20,000 if they donated $1,111 to one drop. All thirteen players made the donation. They also did so for all five of the rebuys, making the amount raised for charity $19,998.

The eighteen entries put $174,600 in the pot, with $87,000 up top for first place.

The day started with only six players taking their seats. In response to a player request, management adjusted the schedule to make the event last just one day instead of two.

Shaun Deeb poked fun at the scale of the tourney, tweeting, "Congrats to [Rob Yong] for finally winning a tourney, but some free advice: you should never have more people in the winners photo than actual entries of the event."

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Yong is so much a part of the fabric of the poker world it comes as quite a surprise to realise that until yesterday, he'd never won a poker event.

Yong got his win in style, taking on and beating the 2022 WSOP Main Event champ Espen Jorstad heads up. Jorstad was dealing with an unfortunate staking controversy at the time, but didn't have much time for that to affect his play.

Yong cut through the field with a run of cards that quickly gave him a dominating chip stack and quickly mopping up what was left on the table after the money bubble broke.

Third place went to Phil Nagy, CEO of Americas Cardroom. Nagy won $35,000 for his third place finish, which will go a small way to covering part of his entry to the Coin Rivet Invitational next month at the same casino.

Jorstad won $52,600 for his second place finish.

Complete results for The One Drop at the 2022 Luxon Pay Mediterranean Poker Party

Position Player Name Country Payout
1st Rob Yong United Kingdom $87,000
2nd Espen Jorstad Norway $52,600
3rd Phil Nagy United States $35,000

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