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 

Event 4: Josh Clanton Doubles Through Pavel Bystrov

$360 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 19: 4,000/8,000
Players Remaining: 5 of 137

On a flop of Qd4c3d, Josh Clanton got all in for just over 100,000 from under the gun against Pavel Bystrov in the big blind.

Clanton showed QsQcTs6h and was in great shape to double up against Bystrov’s KxQx3x2x.

The turn was the 7s and the river was the Th to send the pot to Clanton.

Josh Clanton – 260,000
Pavel Bystrov – 470,000

Event 4: Edison Barrara – 6th Place ($1,685)

$360 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 19: 4,000/8,000
Players Remaining: 5 of 137

Edison Barrara

On a flop of Qs6d3c, Edison Barrara got the last of his chips into the middle out of the big blind against Stephanie Clayton in middle position.

Clayton showed AcKcKd5d and needed help against Barrara’s JdJc3h3d.

The turn was the 7c, keeping Barrara’s set of threes in the lead, but the Ks on the river gave Clayton a bigger set. Clayton won the pot and Barrara was eliminated in sixth place for $1,685.

Stephanie Clayton – 245,000
Edison Barrara – Eliminated 

Event 4: Michael Rosenberg – 7th Place ($1,459)

$360 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 19: 4,000/8,000
Players Remaining: 6 of 137

Michael Rosenberg

Igor Tretyakov raised from early position and Michael Rosenberg moved all in from the cutoff for 31,000. Josh Clanton called out of the big blind and Tretyakov called as well.

Clanton and Tretyakov checked it to the river as the board ran out AcQs4h3h6c.

On the river, Clanton bet 25,000 and Treyakov called. Clanton showed 7h5s4c3c, goodfor the nut straight, Tretyakov showed AsQdJs7d, good for top two pair, and Rosenberg’s AhKhKs9c was no good.

Clanton took both the main and side pot, eliminating Rosenberg in seventh place.

Josh Clanton – 180,000
Igor Tretyakov – 180,000
Michael Rosenberg – Eliminated 

Event 4: Piragibe Lindolfo Ataide – 9th Place ($1,149), Matt Bretzfield – 8th Place ($1,297)

$360 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 18: 3,000/6,000
Players Remaining: 7 of 137

Piragibe Lindolfo Ataide

After some heavy preflop action, there was a three-way all in between Matt Bretzfield in the hijack, Pavel Bystrov in the small blind and Piragibe Lindolfo Ataide in the big blind.

Bretzfield was all in for 48,000, Ataide was all in for 42,000 and Bystrov had both players covered.

Bystrov showed Ah3h4c2c, Bretzfield showed QdTc9c2s and Ataide tabled AsAdKhQc.

The board ran out 9s5s2dKd4h and Bystrov rivered the wheel to knock out both players. Bretzfield earned the better finishing position since he started the hand with more chips. He’ll take eighth place and $1,297, while Ataide earned $1,149 for his ninth place finish.

Matt Bretzfield

Pavel Bystrov – 515,000
Matt Bretzfield – Eliminated
Pirabibe Lindolfo Ataide – Eliminated 

Event 4: Igor Tretyakov Doubles Through Matt Bretzfield

$360 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 18: 3,000/6,000
Players Remaining: 9 of 137

Igor Tretyakov was in the cutoff and got into a preflop battle with Matt Bretzfield in the small blind.

Tretyakov was all in for 96,500 with AcAdKd8s against Bretzfield’s AhAsKc6s.

The board ran out Qd8c2s5hKh and Tretyakov rivered two pair to double up.

Igor Tretyakov – 199,000
Matt Bretzfield – 52,000