High Roller Series Canceled After Poker Player Unexpectedly Passes Away

The poker world was shocked to learn that high-stakes Malaysian poker player Ivan Leow had suddenly passed away from an apparent heart attack. Leow, who was popular on the high-stakes circuit, was just 39 years old and had been playing in the Triton Poker Cyprus series all week.

Leow helped the Triton high roller series make its debut back 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 postponed for the planned $50,000 Short Deck final table. The final two events on the schedule, the $25,000 Short Deck and the $100,000 Main Event, were canceled.

We have decided to cut short the Triton Series event in Northern Cyprus to mourn his passing together.

— Triton Poker (@tritonpoker) September 17, 2022

“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,” Phua and Yong said in a statement through Triton Poker.

“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,” the statement continued.

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

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

Just over a year ago, he earned a career-high payday of $2.46 million after finishing runner-up to Wiktor Malinowski in the Super High Roller Bowl Europe event. His last cash came in event no. 1 of the Cyprus series, min-cashing for $59,000 in the $25,000 high roller.

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

Everything that comes together will separate,
Everything that exists will melt,
Nothing is permanent.

I have lost my big dude. See you again Ivan Leow in another time, in another life, in another personality. Thank you for your life that has illumined many souls. pic.twitter.com/hd1ppR9eXX

— Dato’ Richard Yong (@Richard_Yong1) September 18, 2022

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

My first interaction with Ivan Leow was in Macau and it was nothing but positive vibes. He was always smiling and welcoming to every single person. He will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace my friend. https://t.co/mNxJ1N4SAI

— Randy Lew (@nanonoko) September 17, 2022

I was not 100% not sleeping in Cyprus your kindness work ethic and understanding was on full display In the short time I interacted in the gym with you. You encouraged me to jump in refusing charge with your PT. “What we do we do together then don’t worry brother” RIP IVAN LEOW https://t.co/cwAM6igp5y

— Kahle Burns (@ROFLshove) September 18, 2022

I think last I saw Ivan Leow, on stream, he had stepped away, and they were passing his big shades around the table for everybody to wear, which made for nice light-heated fun. I think Ebony Kenney was on that table.

He came back, was smiling. Obviously a fun guy. Terrible.

— ‘ (@K12EU) September 18, 2022