Ivan Leow has died from a suspected heart attack at the age of only 41 while attending the Triton Poker Cyprus series. News of the Triton co-founder’s demise was announced early Saturday morning followed by the cancellation of the remaining events.
Ivan Leow Dies from Suspected Heart Attack at Triton Cyprus
From Paul & Richard,
It is with great sadness we announce that our dear friend, partner, supporter and founding Triton member, Ivan Leow, 41, passed away this morning of natural causes. pic.twitter.com/ZT0tPLfAPr
— Triton Poker (@tritonpoker) September 17, 2022
Ivan Leow’s business partners and long-time friends Paul Phua and Richard Yong tweeted the tragic news on the Triton Twitter account along with a personal statement.
“Ivan was a hugely popular member of the Triton family. He was warm, generous, and enormous fun both at the tables and off – a loyal friend to us all. He was also a fantastic poker player, with a lifelong passion for the game.
“Ivan was a very special person, who lived life to the full, was always smiling, and loved the game of poker. He will be sincerely missed by his family, friends, and everyone who had the pleasure of meeting him.”
RIP Ivan Leow – since Ivan was always happy and positive let’s remember him that way. pic.twitter.com/7xmwgwm3Or
— Tony G (@TonyGuoga) September 18, 2022
Ivan Leow the Elite Poker Player
Ivan Leow had become one of the world’s elite poker players over the last few years, building up his live tournament record to an impressive $13,147,664.
This amount places him third in Malaysia’s all-time list behind his friends Paul Phua and Richard Yong.
His record in the notoriously tough Triton events was stellar with two wins coming in Jeju and Sochi and a total of 12 final tables.
The largest prize of Ivan Leow’s career came in Northern Cyprus last year in the Super High Roller Bowl Europe for $2,460,000.
Triton Cyprus Cancelled
Triton announced that the series would end immediately with the cancellation of the $100,000 buy-in short deck main event and the $50,000 short deck tournament that was paused overnight with only seven players remaining.
Ivan Leow will be sadly missed by all who knew him. The high roller community is close-knit due to the small number of players who can compete in such events and the Malaysian was universally popular.
Poker legend John Juanda’s condolence message read:
“Ivan was one of the smartest, funniest, kindest poker player I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. He was truly one of a kind. I’ll remember forever all the sweetest memories we’ve shared in and outside of poker: KL, Tokyo, and all the Triton stops. R.I.P. Ivan”
Vip-Grinders offers its condolences to the friends and family of Ivan Leow.
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