Attending to know Thailand professional Punnat Punsri, 2022 Triton Poker SHR Cyprus Predominant Occasion champion


Hailing from Bangkok, Thailand, poker professional Punnat Punsri’s phenomenal yr continued with one other stay match achievement within the bag. This time, Punsri upped his earnings by US$ 2,600,000 after taking down the Triton Poker Tremendous Excessive Curler Collection Predominant Occasion in Cyprus. He has now catapulted to the highest of the Hendon Mob Thailand All Time Cash Record. Somuchpoker had an opportunity to get to know the champ, talk about his poker life, and up to date successes.

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SMP: Wow what a spectacular run this yr! You kicked off the yr with two takedowns on the Venetian Excessive Rollers, eight cashes this summer time on the WSOP – practically snatching a bracelet a few instances – then now successful the Triton Poker Tremendous Excessive Curler Collection $100K Predominant Occasion for a US$ 2.6 Million payout. How does it really feel to run so good? 

Punsri: Yeah it’s been a surreal expertise. It was clearly nice to get the yr off to an ideal begin by successful back-to-back PGT excessive rollers, as that set a precedent in direction of me aspiring to additional enhance and probably make it a full breakout yr, regardless of it being my first time correctly enjoying on the match circuit. The WSOP 2022 represents a distinct problem as I bracelet hunted a variety of NLH occasions, from decrease buy-ins to 50k excessive rollers. Having some very deep runs supplied me with an extra increase of confidence, with my second place end within the $1,979 Poker Corridor of Fame Bounty the spotlight of my profession previous to this win in Cyprus. I imagine that poker success is testomony to work ethic, perseverance, insightful working teams, in addition to psychological and bodily well being. Clearly luck additionally performs a significant factor, and I’m tremendous grateful for all of the experiences I’ve had this yr. The variety and breadth of help has been overwhelming, each from my household (big shoutouts to my dad and grandmother for supporting me in a singular facet profession path that’s unconventional to Thai tradition) and buddies (each inside and out of doors poker), and it’s these optimistic energies that can proceed to drive me to compete on the highest degree.

SMP: This was your first Triton occasion, how did it really feel enjoying amongst the elite? How did you mentally put together for it?

Punsri: Enjoying in opposition to world-class gamers with huge match poker expertise haalways been very difficult; fortunately I had good outcomes earlier within the yr enjoying in very robust fields which gave me a motivational impetus to maintain on wanting to enhance. I attempt to enter every occasion with out expectation of success, however relatively give attention to the truth that I need to play each hand to the perfect of my capability. I all the time imagine poker is a recreation the place self-reflection is essential. Enjoying very excessive buy-in occasions undoubtedly provides extra strain, however I see it as a chance to check myself in opposition to the perfect – see the place my flaws are, which areas of my recreation require most enchancment – along with acclimatizing myself to high-pressure conditions.

SMP: Did you are feeling you had an edge in opposition to the massive gamers? 

Punsri: Having an edge would clearly be an overstatement. Nonetheless, I do play an unorthodox model at instances and deviate continually based mostly on meta recreation evaluation and what I imagine my opponents understand of my tendencies. I’d say that typically being a wildcard or relative unknown helps, as folks might not anticipate you to be able to some performs. Nonetheless, the experiences I’ve had this yr undoubtedly made me notice the assorted aspects of my recreation that I ought to work on, simply by means of enjoying versus world class gamers and seeing how they navigate by means of troublesome spots. It’s a problem but a privilege on the identical time to have the ability to continually study new issues on a regular basis.

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SMP: Let’s discuss specifics. Your latest Triton victory, at three-handed Wiktor Malinowski had 71 BB, you had 69 BB, Wayne Heung had 26 BB, what was going by means of your thoughts if you four-bet shoved Malinowski with pocket Tens? What different arms would you’ve gotten adopted by means of with the identical motion? 

Punsri: It was a really high-pressure second and my resolution was made quick resulting from the truth that I had no time banks remaining. Though Limitless had been enjoying sincere the complete day in opposition to me regardless of being on my left, I believed as soon as Wayne Heung chips up barely that he would possibly begin to be searching for spots to three-bet bluff from the small blind vs my button opens – this features a bunch of Ax and Kx arms that I need to deny fairness in opposition to. The proper play with my hand might be to simply name preflop and play tens in place, however inside the thirty seconds that I had I believed that I wished to power his whole linear three-betting vary (that largely consists of two over-cards) to fold. For instance, AQ suited has to pure fold resulting from ICM. Even along with his hand it’s very very robust and I actually don’t know what I’d have carried out in his place. I believe shoving queens and AK suited in my spot would have been the right play.

[Event recap at the bottom of the page]

SMP: This was a life altering victory, how does it really feel to win $2.6 Million?

Punsri: It clearly feels nice to win any poker match, however to win a Triton Predominant Occasion is really a mesmerizing expertise. It actually did catch me without warning, and to have overwhelming help from everywhere in the globe made the victory really feel much more particular.

SMP: Final yr you participated in purchase ins from 5K-10K, this yr you’ve upped that considerably to 50K on the WSOP the place you got here in third and 100K at Triton. How did you evolve from smaller stakes to excessive stakes, and the way lengthy or quick did it take?

Punsri: I wouldn’t say it’s precisely an evolvement, since my money recreation historical past has already seen me transfer up from very low stakes to very excessive over the previous decade. I believe it’s extra to do with my development as a match participant, and the way I felt I required enough expertise at a selected stake earlier than transcending in direction of a harder problem. The 10k excessive rollers in Vegas throughout December 2021 and January of this yr had been actually necessary in serving to me develop an understanding of the way to method completely different phases of a match. I bought the chance to play in opposition to world class gamers at completely different stack depths and that in itself has fuelled my haste growth.

SMP: What has contributed to the development of your recreation in such a short while?

Punsri: A willingness to study and actually good buddies inside the trade who continually supplied useful enter which are suited to my recreation.

SMP: How will this breakthrough yr change your life?  

Punsri: Gaining recognition has its professionals and cons, hopefully I take advantage of it nicely to profit myself and those that have all the time supported me in the appropriate methods. It’s clearly nonetheless sinking in, however I’ll use this newest achievement as a motivation in direction of attaining success in future endeavors and aspirations.

SMP: What would you want to realize in poker? 

Punsri: Clearly it’s exhausting to set concrete targets in poker, I see fixed self-development as an enormous achievement; individuals are typically susceptible to grow to be complacent after they obtain sure titles or accolades in life, my plan is to make use of this as fireplace to try to get higher on a regular basis. When it comes to extra tangible targets, I want to win a WSOP bracelet for Thailand, and a serious title within the UK as that has all the time been my second residence.

SMP: Let’s have the readers get to know a little bit of your poker background. When did you begin enjoying poker? What or who sparked your curiosity and why? 

Punsri: I’ve been enjoying for over 10 years. I began enjoying poker with buddies and my dad since I used to be in highschool, then performed money video games at casinos whereas I used to be pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate research within the UK. I performed some match poker previous to the COVID pandemic at some Asian stops, however began to take it extra critically since WSOP 2021. My father performed a key position in triggering my aspirations to realize success in match poker, as he outlines the status of successful accolades, however extra importantly the invaluable recollections and experiences you’ll be able to purchase from competing at new ventures in opposition to elite competitors.

SMP: Do you like money video games or tournaments?

Punsri: I used to completely play money video games till very not too long ago – as of now I’d say I get pleasure from each, however private targets are clearer in tournaments and I’d say the sensations and pleasure you get from going deep in tournaments are rather more satisfying.

SMP: When did you style your first win? 

Punsri: I really received a excessive curler match for UK college students (300 GBP buy-in) on the GUKPT Coventry Goliath in 2017. That was received in entrance of many buddies I knew from my native on line casino in Bristol, it was a terrific feeling.

SMP: Stay poker is just not authorized in Thailand, how do you get observe? What instruments have helped your recreation?

Punsri: I play poker overseas since I used to be learning within the UK, thus familiarizing myself with overseas gamers from numerous backgrounds since I used to be younger. I’d additionally say discussing poker with my closest buddies inside the trade has been most useful in direction of my development.

SMP: While you journey for poker, do you go together with a staff or just a few buddies or solo? 

Punsri: I have a tendency to go to match stops alone, however I’ve shut buddies who play money video games in locations like Vegas so once I go there I by no means really feel lonely. For different stops, notably in Asia, I’m planning to convey extra UK buddies with me if possible, to allow them to get to discover the distinctive cultures/traditions and vacationer sights completely different international locations in Asia have to supply. I’ve a life mentor, Cos Paparestis, who I went to WPT Prime Cambodia with, and we’re planning to go to extra of those Asian stops subsequent yr.

SMP: How has poker modified your life?

Punsri: Attending to know nice folks and establishing lifelong relationships with them is the perfect factor that has occurred to me in poker. Poker has additionally enabled me to stay a life nicely traveled, garner distinctive life experiences from a comparatively younger age, and develop numerous invaluable talent units which are extremely relevant to different areas of life.

Punri’s 2022 achievements

Previous to his Triton victory, Punsri kicked off 2022 with again to again victories on the Venetian Excessive Rollers in Las Vegas to style his first ever six determine payout. In the summertime, he cashed 8 instances on the 2022 WSOP, practically snatching two bracelets, ending third on the $50K NLH Excessive Curler 8-Handed for over half one million {dollars} and 2nd on the $1,979 Poker Corridor of Fame Bounty for US$ 170K.

Triton Poker SHR Predominant Occasion recap

99 runners coughed up the US$ 100,000 Predominant Occasion purchase in to amass a US$ 9,900,000 prize pool. Being that it was Triton, the largest names had been in fact in attendance, amongst them included founder Paul Phua in eleventh place and American professional Isaac Haxton in thirteenth place. The ultimate desk was a combined bag of gamers from completely different continents. Three had been Asia younger weapons trying to decide up their largest profession rating. Standing of their method was the huge stacked Polish professional Wiktor Malinowski. 

Two and a half hours in, the sphere trimmed from 9 gamers down to simply 5. Hong Kong’s Horace Wei was out first joined by Russians Artem Vezhenkov, Artur Martirosyan, and France’s Gregoire Auzoux. It was at this stage when Punsri started his steep ascent, first touchdown a double up on a cooler with Kings over Queens in opposition to Denmark’s Henrik Hecklen. Punsri shipped extra by eliminating USA’s final hope Jason Koon, on a flip with AsQs spiking the Ace to mud 4d4s. From there, it solely took 40 minutes to safe the win. 


Punsri outdrew Hecklen to say the remainder of the Dane’s chips. This practically evened him up with Malinowski with 69 BB to the Pole’s 71 BB. Lagging behind was Hong Kong’s Wayne Heung who was sitting on 26 BB. Lower than a half hour later, the sport took a sudden flip. The 2 huge stacks went face to face leading to a game-changer double up for Punsri and Malinowski chunked all the way down to 2 BB. From the button, Punsri min-raised with 10c10h, Malinowski three-bet from the small blind, Punsri four-bet jammed, Malinowski known as with AsKh. With the board operating Jd8hJh6h8c, Malinowski missed all of his outs. A couple of arms after, Malinowski fell to Punsri to provide quick stacked Heung a candy pay bounce. It was no contest. Punsri went on to finish Heung to grab the huge US$ 2.6 Million first prize. 

Purchase in: US$ 100,000
Entries: 99
Prize pool: US$ 9,900,000
ITM: 13 locations

Remaining desk payouts

Punnat Punsri
US$ 2,600,000
Wyane Heung
Hong Kong
US$ 1,825,000
Wiktor Malinowski
US$ 1,210,000
Henrik Hecklen
US$ 946,000
Jason Koon
US$ 742,000
Gregoire Auzoux
US$ 595,000
Artur Martirosyan
US$ 470,000
Artem Vezhenkov
US$ 366,000
Horace Wei
Hong Kong
US$ 280,000
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Author: Joshua Perry