The 2022 Triton Series Madrid has seen multiple high-stakes events held over the past week conclude with seven-figure paydays going to the champion. The largest top prize yet at the high roller poker festival was awarded on Sunday, May 22, when Henrik Hecklen topped a field of 93 entries in the €100,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event to take home €2,170,509 after striking a heads-up deal with Orpen Kisacikoglu.
This was the 31-year-old Danish poker pro’s largest tournament score yet, topping the $1,284,260 he earned as the runner-up in the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,0000 buy-in high roller. He now has more than $7 million in lifetime earnings to his name.
This event ran over the course of three days, with just nine contenders advancing to the final day. Four more players made the money but were eliminated late on day 2 prior to the final table being set. Sirzat Hissou and Brian Kamphorst both earned $195,300 USD as the 13th and 12th-place finishers, while Chris Brewer and Linus Loeliger took home $210,000 USD for finishing 11th and 10th, respectively.
Hecklen began with 12,625,000 to Kisacikoglu’s 10,625,000. The pair struck a deal that re-arranged the remaining prize money, with $2,195,034 USD locked up for Hecklen while Kisacikoglu secured $2,117,316 USD. The pair left the title, the trophy, the rankings points, and $84,000 USD to play for. The final battle didn’t last very long, though, with all of the chips getting in right away when Kisacikoglu limp-reraised all-in with 4-4. Hecklen had been dealt K-K and made the quick call. The A-10-8-Q-6 runout saw Hecklen secure the win, while Kisacikoglu went home with the career-best payday he had negotiated. He increased his lifetime earnings to nearly $9 million with the score.
Final table results:
- Henrik Hecklen – $2 279 034
- Orpen Kisacikoglu – $2 117 316
- Kevin Paque – $1 190 700
- Aleksejs Ponakovs – $932 400
- Sam Grafton – $751 800
- Patrik Antonius – $585 900
- Bruno Volkmann – $462 525
- Alfred Decarolis – $361 200
- Sam Greenwood – $273 525