Chris Tryba Returns to Live Poker and Wins the Omaha 8/Stud 8 Trophy

2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 11
$400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Freeze-Out)
Entries:  105
Prize Pool:  $35,175
April 20, 2021

Chris Tryba
Chris Tryba

Chris Tryba has a WSOP bracelet and more than $2.2 million in career live tournament earnings, and on Tuesday night he won his first trophy here at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, winning Event 11, $400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 outright for $9,620.

“I haven’t left the house in 16 months,” said Tryba, who was recently vaccinated against COVID-19. So this is the first live poker Tryba has played in more than a year, and he’s been playing every day here during the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown.

After taking that much time off from live poker, was there any rust in his game?

“Not in mixed games,” said Tryba. “I’ve played a lot of cash mixed games online, so I didn’t feel much rust.”

Now that he’s won his first trophy here, Tryba can look forward to bigger and better things.

“I’d rather win the main event,” said Tryba, referring to the $3,500 Championship that begins on Friday. “It’s going to be huge.”


Final Results:

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1ChrisTryba$9,620
2SelimOulmekki$6,410
3AndrewLaikin$4,355
4PhilHui$3,070
5SandySanchez$2,245
6JeffreyCookson$1,705
7JonHeneghan$1,350
8MatthewZazaian$1,035
9ThomasMilmore$1,035
10JamesOdor$900
11YuvalBronshtein$900
12William EdwardStanton$900
13HaroldKlein$825
14SamoeunMon$825

Event 11: Chris Tryba Wins Omaha 8/Stud 8

$400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 24:  30,000/60,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  1 of 105

Chris Tryba
Event 11 Champion Chris Tryba

The final hand took place during a round of Stud 8.

Chris Tryba:  XxXx  6c8d8h9d
Selim Oulmekki:  XxXx  2c5h5d4c

On fifth street, Tryba bet 60,000 with his pair of eights, Oulmekki raised to 120,000 with his pair of fives, and Tryba called.

On sixth street, Oulmekki got it all in for his last 30,000, and they turned over their hole cards:

Chris Tryba:  3c2h  6c8d8h9d  (pair of eights, 8-6 low draw)
Selim Oulmekki:  Jh2s  2c5h5d4c  (two pair, fives and deuces)

Oulmekki needed his two pair to hold to stay alive, though Tryba still had a shot at a low if he couldn’t win the high side.

The dealer dealt seventh street:

Chris Tryba:  3c2h  6c8d8h9d  9s  (two pair, nines and eights)
Selim Oulmekki:  Jh2s  2c5h5d4c  9h  (two pair, fives and deuces)

Chris Tryba rivered a higher two pair to win the pot, the trophy, and the title, and Selim Oulmekki finished as the runner-up.

Stay tuned for a recap from this event.

Selim Oulmekki
Runner-Up Selim Oulmekki

1st:  Chris Tryba  –  $9,620 + Trophy
2nd:  Selim Oulmekki  –  $6,410
3rd:  Andrew Laikin  –  $4,355
4th:  Phil Hui  –  $3,070
5th:  Sandy Sanchez  –  $2,245
6th:  Jeffrey Cookson  –  $1,705
7th:  Jon Heneghan  –  $1,350
8th:  Matthew Zazaian  –  $1,035
9th:  Thomas Milmore  –  $1,035
10th:  James Odor  –  $900
11th:  Yuval Bronshtein  –  $900
12th:  William Edward Stanton  –  $900
13th:  Harold Klein  –  $825
14th:  Samoeun Mon  –  $825

Event 11: Andrew Laikin – 3rd Place ($4,355)

$400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 24:  30,000/60,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  2 of 105

Andrew Laikin
Andrew Laikin

During a round of Omaha-8, Andrew Laikin (small blind) and Chris Tryba (big blind) saw a flop of Jh9h5s. Laikin checked, Tryba bet 30,000, and Laikin called.

The turn card was the 2c, Laikin checked, Tryba bet 60,000, and Laikin called.

The river card paired the board with the 2d, Laikin moved all in for his last 25,000, and Tryba called.

Chris Tryba:  QdJc7h5d  (two pair, jacks and fives)
Andrew Laikin:  AdJd4s3h  (two pair, jacks and deuces)

There were no possible lows, and Tryba won the entire pot with his jacks and fives, eliminating Laikin in third place.

Andrew Laikin  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($4,355)

And here are the approximate chip counts for heads-up play:

Chris Tryba  –  825,000  (14 BB)
Selim Oulmekki  –  425,000  (7 BB)

Event 11: Phil Hui – 4th Place ($3,070)

$400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 23:  25,000/50,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  3 of 105

Phil Hui
Phil Hui

During a round of Stud-8, Phil Hui got it all in on sixth street against Andrew Laikin, and they turned over their hole cards:

Andrew Laikin:  Kc5c  5hKh10c2c  (two pair, kings and fives, flush draw)
Phil Hui:  10s10h  4hQc4c9c  (two pair, tens and fours)

Neither player had a qualifying low draw, and Hui needed to catch a four or the last ten to stay alive.

Andrew Laikin:  Kc5c  5hKh10c2c  7s  (two pair, kings and fives)
Phil Hui:  10s10h  4hQc4c9c  As  (two pair, tens and fours)

Laikin won the pot with his higher two pair to eliminate Hui in fourth place.

Andrew Laikin  –  625,000  (13 BB)
Phil Hui  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($3,070)

Phil Hui has already won four titles here at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, but he’ll have to wait at least a little longer before winning his fifth.

With three players remaining, the average chip stack is about 420,000 (8 Big Bets), and the remaining players are all guaranteed to earn at least $4,355 each.

Event 11: Chris Tryba Wins a Three-Way Pot to Even Things Up a Bit

$400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 22:  20,000/40,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  4 of 105

Chris Tryba
Chris Tryba

During a round of Stud-8, a pretty big hand developed between Phil Hui, Chris Tryba, and Selim Oulmekki.

Phil Hui:  XxXx  8h2d10d8d
Chris Tryba:  XxXx  QdAc3s10c
Selim Oulmekki:  XxXx  7c8s8c4s

On fourth street, Tryba bet 20,000, and Oulmekki and Hui both called.

On fifth street, all three players checked.

On sixth street, it checked to Tryba, who bet 40,000. Oulmekki called, and Hui folded.

On seventh street, Oulmekki and Tryba both checked and turned over their cards:

Chris Tryba:  10s10h  QdAc3s10c 5d  (set of tens)
Selim Oulmekki:  QhQc  7c8s8c4s 7h  (two pair, queens and eights)

Neither player made a low hand, and Tryba won the pot with his trip tens to contend for the chip lead.

Level 22 came to an end about two minutes later, and the players took a 10-minute break. Here are their official chip counts, with the blinds about to increase to 25,000-50,000:

Seat 1.  Phil Hui  –  235,000  (5 BB)
Seat 2.  Andrew Laikin  –  380,000  (8 BB)
Seat 3.  Chris Tryba  –  360,000  (7 BB)
Seat 4.  Selim Oulmekki  –  285,000  (6 BB)

With four players remaining, the average chip stack is about 315,000 (6 Big Bets), and the remaining players are all guaranteed to earn at least $3,070 each.