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


Event 4: Igor Tretyakov Wins in a Three-Way Deal

$360 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 6,000/12,000
Players Remaining: 3 of 137

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

Shortly after Alexander Orlov doubled up, the talks of a chop started. They agreed to an even three-way chop. Since Igor Treyakov held the chip lead at the time of the deal, he will take credit for the win.

Pavel Bystrov, Tretyakov, and Orlov each will receive $7,672 for their efforts. A complete recap will be posted later tonight.

Alexander Orlov
Pavel Bystrov
Igor Tretyakov

Event 4: Alexander Orlov Doubles Through Igor Tretyakov

$360 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 6,000/12,000
Players Remaining: 3 of 137

Alexander Orlov raised to 40,000 on the button and Igor Tretyakov defended his big blind.

The flop was Jd9h5h and Tretyakov led out for pot. Orlov moved all in and Tretyakov called.

“I got a wrap,” said Tretyakov, showing QhTsTd8s.

Orlov showed AcKdJsTs. The turn was the 9d and the river was the 4c. Tretyakov missed his draw and Orlov doubled up. He was all in for 173,000.

Alexander Orlov – 426,000
Igor Tretyakov – 460,000

Event 4: Josh Clanton – 4th Place ($2,589)

$360 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 5,000/10,000
Players Remaining: 3 of 137

Josh Clanton

It was a battle of the blinds between Josh Clanton in the small blind and Igor Tretyakov in the big blind.

Clanton committed his last 25,000 to the pot on a flop of 8s4h2c and Tretyakov called.

Clanton showed Jc8h6s5d and needed some help against Tretyakov’s QsQc7s6c.

“Three please,” said Clanton.

The turn was the 5h, which gave Tretyakov the nut straight, and the river was the Tc.

Tretyakov won the pot with a straight and Clanton was out in fourth.

Igor Tretyakov – 540,000
Josh Clanton – Eliminated 

Event 4: Stephanie Clayton – 5th Place ($2,014)

$360 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 5,000/10,000
Players Remaining: 4 of 137

Stephanie Clayton

On a flop of Ac7h5s, Igor Tretyakov checked from the small blind and Stephanie Clayton checked from the big blind.

Clanton bet 22,000 on the button and Tretyakov check-raised to 58,000. Clayton called and Clanton folded.

The turn was the Tc and Tretyakov moved all in and Clayton called for her last 100,000.

Clayton showed AsTh6d4s and was in the lead against Tretyakov’s Ts9s8s5c.

The river was the Js and Tretyakov rivered a straight to eliminate Clayton in fifth place.

Igor Tretyakov – 400,000
Stephanie Clayton – Eliminated