Grinder Chris Tryba Wins Bracelet in a Mixed Hold’em Event; Carter Phillips Comes First in No Limit Hold’em

Many in the poker tournament circuit consider Chris Tryba one of the keenest grinders, as he has played at almost all live events – including the WSOP. However, till he won the bracelet at the WSOP on June 20, the player’s best finish at the tournament was an 8th place in an event in 2010. This year, he played in a Mixed Hold’em event with a $2,400 buy-in.

Final Table of Mixed Hold’em Event

The final table of the event comprised a number of highly skilled poker players, including 3 former bracelet winners. For his impressive performance at the table, the player made more than $200,00, which was his biggest payday. Before this, he had to beat Erik Cajelais in a heads-up play which will be remembered for quite some time to come.

WSOP 2012

The match entered this stage with the elimination of Salman Behbehani in third place. From this point, Cajelais and Tryba were to face off till one of them bagged the top prize. However, this stage of play did not last for long – just one hand! The opening bet was placed by Cajelais from the button. This was called by Tryba, who wanted to see the flop, which brought Qd-c9-4s.

Cajelais checked to this, only to see Tryba call. The turn then brought Jd, after which the latter check-called  to make to the river, which had 8d. Tryba then led out with a quarter of a million chips and Cajelais went all-in. The former revealed his straight flush, which beat Cajelais straight flush that was determined to be the second best. With this, Tryba achieved the rare accomplishment of winning a WSOP with a straight flush.

No Limit Hold’em Event

Another player who made it to the top spot in an event at the WSOP was Carter Phillips. He bested a field of 2,811 to earn $664,130 and the second bracelet in his career. The event was a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em which saw the final tablers playing over several hours. The first time the poker player caught the attention of the poker circuit was when he made it to the first place in the 2009 main event at another live tournament. With the addition of his recent winnings, his lifetime earnings stand at $2,601,473 from offline events. He has also made an additional $2,000,000 from online events.

According to Phillips, heads-up play was extremely challenging, as a lot of 3-bets were made. The first player to leave the nine-handed final table was Huy Quach. He was sent out by Jonathan Poche, who was in turn eliminated by Joe Cada. The player to leave in seventh place was Michael Aaron. His pocket threes did not stand a chance against the pocket tens that Cherish Andrews held. Phillips took out Max Lehmanski in sixth place and Tom Chambers sent Najib Kamand to the rails in fifth.

The fourth elimination was of Cherish Andrews, who walked away with $210,083 and the next was of Tom Chambers who bagged nearly $300,000. Joe Cada had to leave the table in second place after a few grueling hours of heads-up play. Another player to have won in a no limit hold’em event recently at the WSOP was Brian Hastings.

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