Sam Grafton Wins $5.5 Million Top Prize In Coin Rivet Invitational $200,000 Buy-In Poker Tournament


Sam Grafton
PokerStars Ambassador Sam Grafton is on an incredible run at Triton Poker Cyprus that saw him finishing second in Event #3 $50,000 NLH 6-Handed for $994,500. Now, just days later, Grafton has followed up the runner-up finish by taking down the $200,000 Coin Rivet Invitational for $5.5 million.

The high-roller victory over heads-up opponent Linus Loeliger gives the British poker pro his first Triton title and his biggest live cash by far, more than three and a half times his previous biggest score of $1.5 million, according to The Hendon Mob.

“It’s just a huge sort of feeling of relief when it’s all over,” Grafton said after the victory. “It’s so intense out there on the felt playing against top opponents.”

The unique and highly-anticipated poker tournament in Cyprus paired top professionals like Phil Ivey and Dan Cates against recreationals including Tony G and Paul Phua.

The field also included American streamer Ebony Kenney, who came close to making poker history when she finished fifth for $1.7 million, just one pay jump away from setting the record for the largest live tournament cash ever by a woman.

“Obviously, it was a very special tournament and a very unique tournament that a lot of people enjoyed,” said Grafton, a Team PokerStars Pro member since April 2021. “So to be the champion is an amazing feeling. I am also aware, of course, how well I ran. It’s tournament poker at the end of the day and there was a lot of luck involved, but I’m very grateful to be champion. And it’s a memory that I’ll cherish forever.”

Coin Rivet Invitational Final Table Results

1 Sam Grafton United Kingdom $5,500,000
2 Linus Loeliger Switzerland $3,900,000
3 Karl Chappe-Gatien France $2,600,000
4 Fedor Holz Germany $2,100,000
5 Ebony Kenney United States $1,700,000
6 Aleksejs Ponakovs Latvia $1,350,000
7 Elias Talvitie Finland $1,050,000
8 Seth Davies United States $770,000
9 Tom Vogelsang Netherlands $620,000



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