September 21, 2022

High Roller series canceled after unexpected death of poker player

The poker world has been shocked to learn that high-stakes Malaysian poker player Ivan Leow has suddenly died of a heart attack. Leow, who was popular on the high-stakes circuit, was just 39 and had played in the Triton Poker Cyprus series all week.

Leow helped the Triton The High Roller series debuted in 2015 and is credited as a partner and founding member along with Paul Phua and Richard Yong.

After learning of Leow’s passing, play was rescheduled for the scheduled $50,000 Short Deck final table. The final two events on the schedule, the $25,000 Short Deck and the $100,000 Main Event, have been canceled.

“Ivan was a hugely popular member of the Triton family. He was warm, generous and extremely fun both at and off the tables – a loyal friend to us all. He was also a fantastic poker player, with a passion for always for the game,” Phua and Yong said in a statement via Triton Poker.

“Ivan was a very special person, who lived life to the fullest, always smiled and loved poker. He will be sincerely missed by his family, friends and all who had the pleasure of meeting him,” the statement continued.

With over $13 million in live tournament earnings, Leow is third on Malaysia’s all-time earnings list, behind only the aforementioned Phua and Yong.

He had particular success in 2018, winning the Newt Jeju Short Deck event for $1.1 million, the partypoker MILLIONS Russia main event for $1.1 million and €100,000 buy-in WSOP Europe high roller for $1.4 million.

Just over a year ago, he earned a record $2.46 million in salary after finishing second to Wiktor Malinowski in the European Super High Roller Bowl an event. His last cash came in event no. 1 in the Cypriot series, cashing in at least $59,000 in the $25,000 high roller.