Event 1 Flight G: Two Big Stacks

$360 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 5: 200/400 with a 400 ante
Flight G Entries: 816

Zoltan Czinkota

For a few minutes this afternoon, the Hard Rock Event Center was (relatively) quiet as more than 70 tables empty into the halls for the break. Every table is in use between Flight G and the Big O tournament and most of them left the room.

It was a quick walk while they were gone and we found two big stacks standing out. SHRP regular Zoltan Czinkota looks like the current leader with 101,000 to 5x his starting stack and James Milles is not far behind, only a few chips short of 100,000.

James Mills

Event 1 Flight G: Guarantee Met

$360 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 4: 200/300 with a 300 ante
Flight G Entries: 692

With a few minutes remaining before the first break of the day, Flight G hit 692 entries. That is good enough to push the combined total for Event 1 up to 3,334 and officially put the prize pool over $1,000,000.

They will continue running it up today with late registration/re-entry available for Flight G until 3:30pm and Flight H goes at 6pm.

ICYMI: Big Crowds on Day 3

On Friday, the Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open” saw a packed Hard Rock Event Center host two more flights of Event 1 and a one-day Pot Limit Omaha trophy event.

Flights E and F combined to put more than 1,200 entries into the $1,000,000 Guarantee opening event and the tournament is on the verge of pushing the prize pool into seven-digit territory. Another 163 players booked a seat in Day 2 on Sunday as the Event Center stayed busy all day long.

Riley Fuller
Justin Slavin

Former SHRP champ Riley Fuller finished with the top stack in Flight E with Glenn Menne not far behind. In Flight F, the biggest of the first six, Justin Slavin went huge and was the first person to put more than 500K away for Sunday. He will return with 535,500 and holds the overall lead with two more flights to go.

Top Ten Event 1 stacks:

  1. Justin Slavin – 535,500
  2. Peter Pacifico – 487,000
  3. Michael Rannelli – 468,000
  4. Riley Fuller – 457,500
  5. Glenn Menne – 437,000
  6. Marc Bronstein – 434,500
  7. Andrea Mastrogiovanni – 380,500
  8. Heng Zhang – 378,000
  9. David Brookman – 374,500
  10. Mark Scacewater – 370,000

Full Event 1 counts through Flight F

Igor Tretyakov wins $360 PLO

The one-day Pot Limit Omaha event continued the trend this series of topping the fields from last year. In November 2017, the PLO tournament drew 89 entries and this time around it was a huge 137 entry turnout.

As per usual with PLO tournaments, it played down quickly then slowed as they reached the final two tables. It came to an end when the last three players agreed on a deal to divide up the remaining prize pool evenly and chip leader Igor Tretyakov earned the third trophy of the series.

Event 4 results:

1st: Igor Tretyakov – $7,673
2nd: Pavel Bystrov – $7,672
3rd: Alexander Orlov – $7,672
4th: Josh Clanton – $2,589
5th: Stephanie Clayton – $2,014
6th: Edison Barrera – $1,685
7th: Michael Rosenberg – $1,459
8th: Matthew Bretzfield – $1,297
9th: Piragibe Ataide – $1,149
10th: Oleh Ferkalyuk – $1,007
11th: Hamid Kashvari – $1,007
12th: Jason Wells – $1,007
13th: Tony Tran – $873
14th: Aleksey Filatov – $873
15th: William Marsh – $873
16th: Robert Giardini – $750
17th: Aaron Kupin – $750
18th: David Moreno – $750

Pavel Bystrom (left), Igor Tretyakov (center) and Alexander Orlov (right)

Event 5: Big O Time

$360 Big O “Five Card PLO8” (Re-Entry)
Structure
Level 1: 25/50

Event 1 keeps blasting along and taking up most of the seats in the Hard Rock Event Center but the RRPO schedule continues to keep something around the non-hold’em folks. The first three, one-day events (Limit Omaha 8, H.O.R.S.E., and PLO) all surpassed their numbers from last year and we have a brand new RRPO game today.

Big O is a popular game these days and we put it on the schedule for the first time in August during the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. Today they will play the five-card Pot Limit Omaha 8 game again and we will award another trophy later this evening.

The eight-handed tables will start with 10,000 stacks and all levels last 30 minutes long. Late registration and unlimited re-entries are available until the start of Level 9 at 4:30pm.

Cards go in the air at noon and this should be a fun one.

  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 5 Structure Sheet

Event 1 Flight G: Four Bills Early

$360 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 2: 100/200
Flight G Entries: 400

Lou Stadler

Tournament staff announced the blind increase to start Level 2 and the tournament clock hit exactly 400 entries at the same time. The field is less than 300 away from making the $1,000,000 Guarantee and it will not take too long to get there.

Walking the early field, we found three former SHRP winners in early action. Lou Stadler, Chris Nomikos, and Jeff Kessler each conquered won a tournament here but only Kessler owns an RRPO title. His came back in 2013 when he won the Seniors Event.

Chris Nomikos
Jeff Kessler

Event 1 Flight G: Big Day Ahead

$360 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 1: 100/100

The three days of the 2018 Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open” all set us up for a huge Saturday of poker. Event 1 has a $1,000,000 Guaranteed prize pool and drew big crowds but today will top them all.

We have 2,642 entries already in the game and we will hit the guarantee before the day is through. There was already a big group of players waiting to take their seats 20 minutes before cards go in the air at 11am.

The tournament has a $360 buy-in and players sit down to 20,000 deep starting stacks. All Day 1 levels last 30 minutes long and they will switch over to 40-minute levels on Day 2. Late registration is available until the start of Level 9 at 3:30pm and they will play 14 levels today before bagging up.

If players miss out on advancing in Flight G, their last chance will be Fight H this evening at 6pm.

  • $1,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips
  • Single ante will be paid from the big blind for the entire table
  • Day 1 levels last 30 minutes; Day 2 levels last 40 minutes
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • Day 1 will end after Level 14 or Tournament Director discretion
  • Event 1 Structure Sheet

RRPO Day 4 Schedule

Primary Event Schedule

11AM: Event 1 Day 1G – $360 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

  • $1,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips
  • Single ante will be paid from the big blind for the entire table
  • Day 1 levels last 30 minutes; Day 2 levels last 40 minutes
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • Day 1 will end after Level 14 or Tournament Director discretion
  • Event 1 Structure Sheet

12PM: Event 5 – $360 Big O “Five Card PLO8” (Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 5 Structure Sheet

6PM: Event 1 Day 1H – $360 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

  • $1,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips
  • Single ante will be paid from the big blind for the entire table
  • Day 1 levels last 30 minutes; Day 2 levels last 40 minutes
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • Day 1 will end after Level 14 or Tournament Director discretion
  • Event 1 Structure Sheet

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

9AM: Event 29 – $90 Event 1 Turbo Satellite (1-in-5)

  • 2 seats guaranteed into $1 Million GTD RRPO Event 1
  • Players begin with 8,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 29 Sheet

3PM: Event 30 – $150 Double Green Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

  • Winner receives added $390 RRPO Championship satellite seat
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 20-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 7
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 30 Structure Sheet

8PM: Event 31 – $390 Championship Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 2 seats guaranteed into $2 Million GTD WPT RRPO Championship
  • Players begin with 8,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 31 Structure Sheet

Event 1: Chip Counts Through 1F

$360 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Returning to Level 15: 2,000/4,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 373 of 2,642

Flight A: 341 Entries, 51 Advanced
Flight B: 280  Entries, 39 Advanced
Flight C: 419 Entries, 63 Advanced
Flight D: 385 Entries, 57 Advanced
Flight E: 600 Entries, 81 Advanced
Flight F: 617 Entries, 82 Advanced
Flight G: Saturday at 11am
Flight H: Saturday at 6pm
Day 2: Sunday at 1pm

RankFirst NameLast NameChip Count
1JUSTINSLAVIN535,500
2PeterPacifico487,000
3MICHAELRANNELLI468,000
4RILEYFULLER457,500
5GLENNMENNE437,000
6MARCBRONSTEIN434,500
7ANDREAMastrogiovanni380,500
8HengZhang378,000
9DAVIDBROOKMAN374,500
10MARKSCACEWATER370,000
11CARLORODRIGUEZ370,000
12PAVLOSKASSELOURIS369,500
13ATEFNASSALL364,000
14JUSTINHARVELL362,000
15KHARLINSUED351,500
16NASHAATANTONIOUS348,500
17ANDREWGORDON347,000
18CARLOSRODRIGUEZ ROJAS340,000
19MARTINRYAN329,000
20RYANJAWORSKI317,000
21LLOYDGUNTHER316,000
22KEITHSUCKNO303,000
23HARVEYAYERS294,000
24DAVIDBRADSHAW JR293,500
25FRANCOISZAYAS290,000
26KYLECARINO285,500
27IDOASHKENAZI284,500
28KEITHMCALEENAN283,000
29FREDERICOSAVIO DABUS274,500
30EVANDOLLINGER272,000
31FRANCKGAROT263,000
32JAMESLLOYD JR261,000
33ROBERTOBENDECK260,000
34OSCARSANTOS259,500
35MATTHEWBRETZFIELD259,500
36ROMANFOMIN258,500
37KEVINSCAROLA257,500
38MARCELOACHERMAN253,000
39ROBERTTRANSUE250,000
40CESARMENDOZA GOMEZ249,500
41ERICDISLA239,000
42SCOTTEFRON235,500
43SCOTT EDWINROBERTS235,500
44ALFREDOFERNANDEZ233,000
45DANIELNG231,500
46NIPUNJAVA231,500
47JORGECHAVEZ229,500
48RAFAELMARCONDES DOS REIS228,500
49JEFFREYGOODMAN227,000
50MILTONMIRANDA JR226,000
51THOMASGARI225,500
52JAILYNPRIMUS225,000
53RODRIGODAS NEVES222,500
54LAKISHASLAUGHTER222,500
55CHRISTOPHERMEDEIROS222,000
56KENNETHBEGNOCHE221,000
57GILGUADALPI220,500
58ROBERTOSCHMEDA220,000
59JACOBRISTICH220,000
60STEPHENSOUTH216,500
61EHSANPORGHARIBSHAHISHAHREBABAK212,500
62JOHANNTIEMANN212,000
63JONATHANHILTON210,500
64DAVIDJACKSON210,000
65MATTHEWDAVIS208,000
66STEVENRAMUNNI207,500
67KEVINBREWER206,000
68KURTISDUPHETTE206,000
69JORGEARISTIZABAL205,000
70TRUYENNGUYEN200,000
71IGNATSLEPOKOUROV199,500
72GEORGENAVARRO199,000
73AARONPORTER199,000
74TROYSINGH198,500
75BRADLEYRHODES198,000
76JEFFREYDOAN197,000
77ZACHARYCASPE197,000
78CHARLESODENZ196,000
79STANLYVILLATORO192,500
80WILLIAMBEASLEY192,500
81BRANDONMARKLAND192,500
82PETERUDOVIK192,500
83GEORGEHORTELANO183,000
84ROBERTOALBERRO183,000
85MICHAELBONSIGNORE181,500
86JEFFREYMANZA180,000
87SCOTTHARWOOD180,000
88ELIYAHULEVY179,500
89JAMESALLEN179,000
90STEVENWESTERHOLT178,000
91CHARLESFLEURY178,000
92ROLANDOMARTINEZ177,000
93SOLANGELUCAS177,000
94ROBERTGARIBAY175,500
95GEORGEKOPP175,000
96HOWARDMASH174,000
97SCOTTMC INNIS174,000
98JOSEPHHERNON173,500
99KENNETHFAGIOLI173,000
100RAFAELCALERO172,500
101DANIELTAYLOR171,500
102STEVELEGAULT170,000
103NICHOLASBAURICHTER169,500
104JOSEGONZALEZ FERNANDEZ169,000
105IGORKORKHIN168,000
106ONIELMCCALLA166,500
107AGOPRUSTEMOGLU165,000
108DEREKBOWERS164,000
109DAVIDKLEIN161,000
110JosephPETROLINO161,000
111HENRYBILLETE161,000
112SEBASTIENSOARES160,000
113MICHAELAMATO160,000
114WILLIAMSMITH159,500
115EFTHIMIOSPIPERAKIS159,000
116JULIORUIZ158,500
117KEVINCHOE158,000
118NICHOLASMARSICO158,000
119EGIDIJUSSEPUTIS158,000
120HERNANYUDELEVICH156,500
121DANIELQUESADA156,000
122KIRKCORSON156,000
123JOSEPARRA155,000
124JAMESBAUNE155,000
125FRANKRUSSO155,000
126HOWARDNEWMAN155,000
127YUANSHEN154,000
128FRANCISMARGAGLIONE153,500
129ALCIDESGOMEZ II153,000
130ARNALDOAZUALDE152,500
131EDDYACOSTA151,500
132ALBERTOCARUCI151,500
133TUANPHAN151,500
134CAREYPICKUS151,000
135ROBERTOBERROCAL150,500
136ALIKSITNYAKOVSKY150,000
137OLIVIERCOULOMBIER150,000
138CHARLESGOMEZ149,500
139CHRISTIANSERINO149,000
140ISAACOWUSU149,000
141BRETGREBOW148,000
142RICHARDWHITEBROOK146,500
143BRIANVASQUEZ LAGOS146,000
144MANNYTARICH146,000
145JohnPappas145,000
146STEVEMORENO143,500
147STEPHENHARRIS142,500
148SCOTTZAKHEIM142,000
149JAMESHAMBURGER142,000
150JOSHUACLANTON142,000
151TONYTRAN141,000
152YIDING140,500
153YVONNEMCQUILLAN140,500
154STEVENBENNETT140,000
155RAMINDERSINGH140,000
156KEITHHERSKOWITZ140,000
157GREGORYBURNS139,000
158NEILZONENASHVILI137,500
159SHAWNVRENNA137,500
160TRUNGPHAM137,000
161KEVINGAROSSHEN136,500
162SIMONLEGAT135,000
163CHRISTIANRODRIGUEZ135,000
164DAVIDSHMUEL134,000
165ANTHONYASKEY133,500
166BrianCampagnano131,500
167ROBERTTANNENBAUM131,000
168CARLOSBOLANOS130,000
169GABRIELRAMOS130,000
170GREGORYRYB130,000
171ISMAELCABRERA129,500
172PAULIUSBIKUS129,500
173AshleyCausey129,000
174JAMESHAYES128,500
175EVANBRAUNSTEIN128,500
176LEONWHITE III128,000
177RALPHSPADAFORE JR128,000
178JEFFREYSAUNDERS128,000
179KENNETHBRUNO127,500
180ROBERTCHUSID126,500
181JAMESKERR126,000
182CARLOSGARCIA125,500
183WALIDMADDAH125,500
184DYLANMALCOMSON125,000
185MICHAELWETCHER124,000
186DEVONDMARSHALL123,500
187JAMESAHLQUIST123,000
188JAMESGAVJN120,000
189JACKSHEA118,500
190PATRICKMURPHY117,500
191STANLEYSILVERMAN117,000
192MARCSACHELI116,500
193ALEKSANDRTISHCHENKO116,500
194STAFFANLIND116,000
195ROBERTHARRIS JR115,500
196MOSESMORALES115,500
197MICHELLESHAH115,500
198HAMIDMEZHOUD115,500
199JUANENDARA115,000
200STEPHENGREENSTEIN115,000
201JOHNROVETO115,000
202FEGUENERGAY115,000
203MICHAELROSENBERG114,500
204ROBERTSCHMAL114,500
205ALFREDOGUEVARA114,000
206PHILIPCONSOLO113,500
207RYANWINCE113,500
208DanielRosenbaum113,000
209MICHAELCLEMENTS113,000
210WILLIAMHANDWERKER111,000
211ROBERTCAPOTE110,500
212DOMINICPACELLI110,500
213PHILIPPECULOT110,500
214COLBYCOVINGTON110,000
215LUMINITAPETRIC109,500
216ZACHARYMULLENNIX109,500
217NATHANPITTS108,000
218STUARTCHESHIRE108,000
219JONAHMILLER107,000
220RYANMILLER107,000
221RICHARDGRANT106,500
222RONALDMAGERS106,000
223CHRISTOPHERYOUNG105,000
224CHARLESCAMPOS105,000
225WESLEYBLOMGREN104,500
226RUSLANDYKSHTEYN104,500
227RICHARDRICE104,000
228MICHAELDIETRICH103,500
229ERROLROSEN103,000
230LOUISLEO IV103,000
231TIMOTHYSHORTELL103,000
232JOSHUASMITH103,000
233RAMSEYJONES102,500
234RAULCORRAL102,500
235SHARIFFNASSAR101,500
236RONALDTAYLOR101,500
237CHRISTOPHERBELL101,000
238CHADSHREVE100,500
239JAIMEWIEGREFE100,000
240IGNACIOESQUIJAROSA100,000
241MICHAELCHIAPPETTA99,500
242DUANEHAUGHTON99,000
243MICHAELCOHEN98,000
244SCOTTASTINSON97,500
245HAIMTOORGEMAN96,500
246ROBERTESTRADA96,500
247MARVINDUARTE96,000
248ANTONIOARENCIBIA MONDUY95,500
249JASONWANDLING95,000
250BENJAMINZAMANI95,000
251DANGLISTOMPKINS94,000
252ARTURTISHCHENKO93,000
253LEONTOLEDO92,000
254PAULGRIGSBY92,000
255BENJAMINVAN KLINK91,000
256MATTHEWLECONCHE91,000
257CRAIGMAZZOLA90,500
258FRACKVON MATT90,000
259DERRICKCUTLER90,000
260DAVIDOSHRY90,000
261ADAMOERTH90,000
262JIAZELI90,000
263SHERRIEEWILLIAMS90,000
264NICHOLASNIETO89,500
265CHRISTOPERGEBAIDE89,000
266SCOTTERCLARK89,000
267LUISSOLANO88,500
268BRIANGELROD88,500
269BRYANHURDLE88,000
270DAVIDMORENO87,000
271JILLFIORENTINO87,000
272JEREMYSANDERS87,000
273HARVEYFREEDMAN86,500
274LUKASPRIBYL86,500
275ROBERTMATHER86,500
276ROYVAZQUEZ86,000
277STEPHENHORNE85,500
278CHRISTOPHERWILLIAMS85,500
279FRANKCONWAY84,000
280EDINAPANTINCHIN84,000
281JOSEDELACRUZ83,500
282LAWRENCEWHYTE83,000
283MICHELSIMONEAU83,000
284IMANDAN81,500
285YARINIFERGAN81,500
286FIKRETKOVAC81,000
287NEALHARRIS81,000
288RONALDKATZ81,000
289ALEXANDERDARANYI80,500
290RUSSELLBEYER80,000
291SCOTTWRIGHT80,000
292SALVATORESOLLECITO78,500
293JONATHANANITRA78,000
294FARIBORZZOJAJI78,000
295NADIRLALJI78,000
296EdisonBarrera77,500
297BRUCERA RIDIN76,500
298ANTONIOCOLON76,000
299EPHRAIMUZAN76,000
300SCHAHINGHIAI75,500
301KARINPOWSNER-CRESPI75,500
302MICHAELMERISIER75,000
303ANTHONYUTNAGE74,500
304JENNIFERHASELTON74,500
305MICHAELANGELINI73,500
306JOHNGORSUCH72,500
307ALANNOWAK71,500
308ElliotKampen71,500
309MICHAELELBILIA71,000
310MICHAELTURCOL70,500
311JUSTINLEVY69,000
312JOSHUAMANCUSO69,000
313KRYSTALHARRIS68,500
314MANELICMINAYA68,000
315MARCORODRIGUEZ67,500
316JUANMARTINEZ67,000
317GERALDSPOTT67,000
318ALMOGBITON65,000
319JULIODELGADO REYES65,000
320ORYHEN62,500
321JOHNMACDOUGALL61,500
322BEAUDICKINSON61,000
323CHANKIM60,500
324DAVIDHUGHES60,000
325JORGEGOMEZ59,000
326SUKHJINDERHARE59,000
327BIENVENIDOSANTIAGO59,000
328DAVIDZIONTS58,000
329ROBERTCOHEN58,000
330JAMESMANIS58,000
331ANDRESJARA57,500
332DATHANKUPPIN55,500
333THOMASGITY55,000
334DENNISRODRIGUEZ55,000
335CORNELIUSROGERS55,000
336IRASCHWARTZ54,500
337CHASSAMUEL54,500
338ANTHONYRUTTLER54,000
339JAMESMAYNOR III52,500
340DEJANPETKOVIC52,500
341RANDYSMOCK52,500
342DANIELSANCHEZ51,000
343NARIMAANAHMADI51,000
344ALEXCOHEN50,500
345JALIMTABRAUE JR50,500
346DARVINJACKSON50,500
347LEIFFORCE50,000
348YOBANISLEYVA49,500
349NOEACOSTA49,500
350NATHANIELMOORE49,000
351NIKOLAKARANIKIC48,000
352JUSTINGUZMAN47,500
353MICHAELJONES47,500
354SANDYSANCHEZ45,000
355CHRISTOPHERBOYD44,500
356JUANFERRER44,000
357SCOTTCOWAN43,500
358JAMESJUVANCIC43,500
359LENOLCLARK42,000
360LAWRENCEKIANG41,500
361HUONGLISENBEE41,500
362SEBASTIANKOS41,000
363JAMESLOCASCIO40,500
364MAURICIODUARTE39,000
365ALEXANDERBILBAO39,000
366GABRIELSACK38,000
367MICHAELPAWELEK II36,000
368JOSEDEL CID CONTRERAS34,500
369JOSEOCHOA28,500
370THUYBELTRAN25,000
371MARIOCACERES25,000
372VALERIECHESNUT17,000
373GEORGESBOYADJIAN7,600

Event 1 Flight F: Justin Slavin Leads 82 Survivors

$360 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 14: 1,500/3,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 82 of 617

The sixth flight of the $360 no-limit hold’em re-entry event drew the largest flight thus far with 617 entries comprising the sixth of the eight flights.

Justin Slavin bagged up the chip lead, finishing the day with 535,500 and finished with a huge lead over the other 81 players that made it through the day. He also takes over the overall lead from Peter Pacifico.

Andrea Mastrogiovanni (380,500), Pavlos Kasselouris (369,500), Nashaat Antonious (348,500) and Carlos Rodriguez (340,000) round out the top five Day 1F stacks,

Other notables to make it through the day include Robert Transue (250,000), Nipun Java (231,500), Ely Levy (179,500), Ruslan Dykshteyn (104,500), Bob Mather (86,500) and Manny Minaya (68,000).

Complete chip counts will be posted shortly.

Igor Tretyakov Wins $360 Pot-Limit Omaha in First-Ever PLO Tournament

2018 Rock N’ Roll Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 4
$360 Pot-Limit Omaha 
Entries: 137
Prize Pool: $41,100 
November 16, 2018 

Igor Tretyakov wins $360 PLO

Igor Tretyakov’s first pot-limit Omaha tournament went much better than he could’ve anticipated.

He defeated a field of 137 entries in the $360 pot-limit Omaha on Friday night. He won his first hard rock trophy and $7,673 in a three-way chop.

Treyakov agreed to an even chop with Pavel Bystrov and Alexander Orlov. When they agreed to the deal, Tretyakov was the chip leader and he took credit for the win. Bystrov took second and Orlov finished in third.

The Tampa resident just started playing the game a couple months ago. While not a total novice in the strategy of the game, this is the first time he played the game in a tournament format.

“I don’t know. I’m just a lucky guy,” said Tretyakov. “I just started playing cash PLO two months ago. I was a no-limit hold’em player before that.”

If it wasn’t for a little bit of peer pressure, Tretyakov would still be exclusively be a no-limit hold’em player.

“My friend convinced me,” said Tretyakov of why he decided to switch from two cards to four. “Shout out to Matt.”

The transition seems to be going pretty well. Having only played the game for roughly 60 days, the full-time student at the University of South Florida is already winning tournaments. When it comes to the adjustments he’s had to make with the two extra cards, he just downplays anything he’s learned along the way and likes to chalk it up to positive variance.

“I don’t know. Everything just always goes my way,” said Tretyakov. “I just get it in with ten-nine-jack-whatever with three spades and suck out.”

Tretyakov was making light of the hand he played where he knocked out Stephanie Clayton in fifth place. He check-raised with a semi-bluff and moved all in on the turn. He rivered a straight and shot up the chip counts.

He started the hand in the middle of the pack, but the knockout of Clayton got the ball rolling in the right direction. He knocked out Josh Clanton a few orbits later, took the chip lead and never looked back.

For Tretyakov, this is the continuation of some recent tournament success. This is his second final table at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood in as many months.

Last month, Tretyakov finished third in the $250 no-limit hold’em in the October Deep Stack series. He took home $30,225 for that score and last June, he won the Triple 30 at the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa for $9,680.

Tretyakov is in the process of getting his undergraduate degree at USF, but the IT major is hoping that his degree will be irrelevant to the rest of his life.

“I pray that I never have to use it,” said Tretyakov. “Maybe not poker, but maybe something else will come along.”

The top 18 spots finished in the money and here are the results:

1st: Igor Tretyakov – $7,673
2nd: Pavel Bystrov – $7,672
3rd: Alexander Orlov – $7,672
4th: Josh Clanton – $2,589
5th: Stephanie Clayton – $2,014
6th: Edison Barrera – $1,685
7th: Michael Rosenberg – $1,459
8th: Matthew Bretzfield – $1,297
9th: Piragibe Ataide – $1,149
10th: Oleh Ferkalyuk – $1,007
11th: Hamid Kashvari – $1,007
12th: Jason Wells – $1,007
13th: Tony Tran – $873
14th: Aleksey Filatov – $873
15th: William Marsh – $873
16th: Robert Giardini – $750
17th: Aaron Kupin – $750
18th: David Moreno – $750