Tommy Tran Survives a Roller-Coaster Day to Win the PLO Trophy a Few Hours Before His Flight Home

2019 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 5

$400 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Entries: 137
Prize Pool: $46,580
November 22, 2019 

Tommy Tran and Wife Magdalena Hernandez
Tommy Tran and His Wife Magdalena Hernandez

Tommy Tran of Atlanta, Georgia, booked his flights and accommodations this week around the hope of making Day 2 of Event 1, but after firing a few bullets, he wasn’t able to find a bag. That’s okay, because his preferred game is Pot Limit Omaha, and after a roller-coaster ride thru Event 5 ($400 Pot Limit Omaha), Tran defeated Hyndi Khomutetsky heads-up to win his second PLO trophy this year.

“I’ve never done really well in hold’em,” said Tran. “I’m an action, gambling type of player. I love PLO. I’ve always played PLO cash games.”

In the past year or so, Tran has started to play more tournaments, fitting them into his schedule when he’s not busy running two different businesses — a financial education and services company, and a restaurant consulting and development firm.

The transition to tournaments has been going well, as Tran won a PLO trophy in Atlantic City back in January, followed by a runner-up finish in $570 Pot Limit Omaha at the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Poker Classic in February.

When asked about his path to victory in this event, Tran said, “I had the biggest roller-coaster. I knocked out 10 or 11 players at my first table, and probably took out at least 16 players in this tournament.”

When the field was down to the final two tables, Tran was chipleader with 330K, but then the tournament hit a wall with 13 players remaining, and they played for well over an hour without anybody busting. During that time, Tran dropped all the way down to 65K, but he bounced back to start the nine-handed final table third in chips with 250K.

“I thought I played pretty well,” said Tran. “I caught a lot of people in a lot of good spots, and I made some really tough calls. Then [Sean][Shah] caught a five-outer against me to knock me back down with eight players left. Huge swings for me, but it was worth it.”

Tran won the event just a couple of hours before he and his wife, Magdalena Hernandez, had to catch a flight back to Atlanta. But they’re leaving most of their luggage here at the hotel because they’ll be returning on another flight tomorrow night. Both of them are big fans of Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood.

“We came here three months ago when there was still construction,” said Tran. “But the new poker room is absolutely beautiful. I love it here.”


Final Results:

1st:  Tommy Tran  –  $11,705 + RRPO Trophy
2nd:  Hyndi Khomutetsky  –  $7,805
3rd:  David Moreno  –  $5,455
4th:  Iman Nikmaram  –  $3,915
5th:  Sean Shah  –  $2,895
6th:  Wilfor Marentes Pinto  –  $2,205
7th:  Kenny McCollough  –  $1,730
8th:  Steve Roth  –  $1,400
9th:  Gabriel Ramos  –  $1,170
10th:  Trenton Pippin  –  $1,170
11th:  Federico Herrera  –  $1,010
12th:  Brandon Sinawi  –  $1,010
13th:  Aaron Kupin  –  $905
14th:  Christopher Back  –  $905
15th:  David Carvara  –  $840
16th:  Hossein Ghodosi Fard  –  $840
17th:  Stewart Yancik  –  $810
18th:  Joshua Adkins  –  $810

Event 5: Tommy Tran Defeats Hyndi Khomutetsky to Win the Pot Limit Omaha Title

$400 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 26:  20,000/40,000
Players Remaining:  1 of 137

Tommy Tran
Tommy Tran

After a flop of 9d6h2h, Hyndi Khomutetsky got it all in for 735,000 against Tommy Tran, who had her covered with 830,000.

Tommy Tran:  Qh10s9h6d  (queen-high flush draw with two pair, nines and sixes)
Hyndi Khomutetsky:  KhJh5d5c  (king-high flush draw with a pair of fives)

The turn card was the 10c, the river card was the 7s, and Tran won the pot — and the Pot Limit Omaha title — with two pair, tens and nines.

1st:  Tommy Tran  –  $11,705 + RRPO Trophy
2nd:  Hyndi Khomutetsky  –  $7,805
3rd:  David Moreno  –  $5,455
4th:  Iman Nikmaram  –  $3,915
5th:  Sean Shah  –  $2,895
6th:  Wilfor Marentes Pinto  –  $2,205
7th:  Kenny McCollough  –  $1,730
8th:  Steve Roth  –  $1,400
9th:  Gabriel Ramos  –  $1,170

Hyndi Khomutetsky
Hyndi Khomutetsky

Event 5: David Moreno – 3rd Place ($5,455)

$400 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 25:  15,000/30,000
Players Remaining:  2 of 137

David Moreno
David Moreno

Hyndi Khomutetsky raised from the button, David Moreno reraised from the big blind for 280,000, and Khomutetsky called.

The flop came Kh8s5c, Moreno checked, Khomutetsky moved all in for 170,000, and Moreno called.

David Moreno:  AdAsKs7d  (pair of aces)
Hyndi Khomutetsky:  8h6s5s4d  (two pair, eights and fives)

Khomutetsky needed her hand to hold to stay alive. The turn card was the 10s, and the river card was the 7h. Moreno rivered a higher two pair, kings and sevens, but the same card gave Khomutetsky an eight-high straight to win the pot and double up in chips.

Hyndi Khomutetsky  –  915,000  (31 bb)
David Moreno  –  25,000  (<1 bb)

The next hand, Moreno folded his small blind, sacrificing 15,000.

David Moreno  –  10,000  (<1 sb)

The next hand, Moreno called all in from the button for 10,000, Khomutetsky completed the small blind to 30,000, and Tommy Tran checked his option in the big blind.

The flop came Ah8h2s, Khomutetsky checked, Tran bet 40,000, and Khomutetsky folded. Tran took the side pot, and he and Moreno showed their cards.

Tommy Tran:  Ad9s3s2d  (two pair, aces and deuces)
David Moreno:  JsJd9d7h  (pair of jacks)

Moreno needed to improve to stay alive, but the turn was the 4s, and the river paired the board with the 8c. Tran won the pot with two pair, aces and eights, to eliminate Moreno in third place.

David Moreno  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($5,455)

Event 5: Iman Nikmaram – 4th Place ($3,915)

$400 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 24:  15,000/25,000
Players Remaining:  3 of 137

Iman Nikmaram
Iman Nikmaram

Iman Nikmaram moved all in button for 85,000, and Tommy Tran called from the small blind.

Tommy Tran:  Jh10s9s6c
Iman Nikmaram:  KcQcJc3h

The board came 10h10c8s8d8c, and Tran won the pot with a full house, tens full of eights, to eliminate Nikmaram in fourth place.

Tommy Tran  –  660,000  (26 bb)
Iman Nikmaram  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($3,915)

Event 5: Sean Shah – 5th Place ($2,895)

$400 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 24:  15,000/25,000
Players Remaining:  4 of 137

Sean Shah
Sean Shah

Sean Shah (hijack) and David Moreno (button) got it all in preflop with exactly 270,000 each, so unless they chopped the pot, one player would be knocked out while the other would double up to 580,000.

David Moreno:  AdAs3s3h
Sean Shah:  KsJsJh9s

The board came Ac7h4s9cQh, and Moreno won the pot with a flopped set of aces to double up and eliminate Shah in fifth place.

David Moreno  –  580,000  (23 bb)
Sean Shah  –  Eliminated in 5th Place  ($2,895)