Martin Ryan Wins the PLO Event #19 ($8,730)

Only 16 players returned to the tables of the Casino Royale in Sint Maarten for Day 2 of the $365 PLO Event #19 and Adrian Chandler was in the lead ahead of Martin Ryan. Three players from Trinidad & Tobago made the final table on Sint Maarten day, and it was Ryan who emerged victorious in heads up against William Hicks after a steamrolling performance.

Ryan started like fire and took half the stack of Orlando Romero before Ben Beighle became the first casualty of the day. He came back as one of the shortest stacks and got it in with Ac Kc 10s 5c against the Ad As 9s 6s of Harold Mahaffey. There was no help on the board and that was it for Beighle. Dominick French followed next, he was left very short after Jacky Adda doubled through him and Ryan found aces to take the remaining few chips.

Romero got his remaining chips in with middle pair, an open-ended straight draw on the flop and Ryan looked him up with the same pair and an inferior gutshot only to make a flush with running clubs on turn and river. Adda followed next and of course it was once again Ryan who claimed the chips, reducing the field to the last 12. After a series of hands, both Christopher Staats and Jonathan Sellom were down to less than two big blinds and joined the rail to set up the bubble.

Darius Tamulevicius eventually ended up as the bubble boy in a battle of the blinds against Hicks. The Lithuanian got it in with Jc10h 8c 5s and Hicks called with the Kh Qh 8s 6d. Tamulevicius paired his five, but another deuce on the turn gave trips on the board and Hicks won the hand with high-card king.

Augusto Cavazzini was the first player out in the money. He got it in with As Ks Qd 6d and Ryan called with Qc Jc 10h 7h to turn a flush and bust the Italian in 9th place. Aroon Maharaj followed in 8th place in a three-way all in. Chandler had doubled in a big pot against Hicks before and they saw a four-way limped pot. Maharaj had flopped top two with As Qc 6h 2c only to see Hicks show up with a set of queens. Chandler had aces and doubled Hicks in the very same hand.

William Cabre’s short stack ride ended in 7th place when he was at risk with the Kc Qh Js Jc and got called by Hicks with As 10s 6d 2s. Cabre flopped top set, turned a straight and Hicks rivered a flush to claim the pot and send six players into the dinner break after.

What followed was half an hour of pure domination by Ryan to set a winner.

Cedric Adam, son of Bounty Event winner Jean-Luc Adam, came back with the far shortest stack and first doubled before then busting against Ryan. He shoved a jack-high flop with kings and Ryan called with middle pair and a gutshot, then spiked two pair on the turn.

Chandler followed in 5th place when running with Kd 10d 8s 7h into the aces of Ryan and Mahaffey stood no chance with Ad Kd Qh 6h against the Ac Ah 10d 8c of Hicks. Down to three players, Robbie Bakker first doubled against Ryan before getting it in with top two soon after. Ryan called with a gutshot, turned a second gutshot and made a straight on the river.

Heads up lasted all but two hands and Hicks flopped trips fives only to find himself up against the flopped nut full house of Ryan on a king-high board. The one outer didn’t come and Hicks had to settle for second pair. Ryan, who had been building massive stacks in previous events before running out dry, scooped the first-place payout of $8,730 as well as a WSOP Circuit ring for Trinidad & Tobago.

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Final result PLO Event #19:

Place Player Country Payout
1 Martin Ryan Trinidad & Tobago $8,730
2 William Hicks Sint Maarten $5,400
3 Robbie Bakker Netherlands $3,700
4 Harold Mahaffey USA $2,750
5 Adrian Chandler Trinidad & Tobago $2,020
6 Cedric Adam France $1,520
7 William Cabre France $1,220
8 Aroon Maharaj Trinidad & Tobago $1,010
9 Augusto Cavazzini Italy $870

While Day 1 of the $365 is still underway and will determine a winner tomorrow, the highlight of the festival is scheduled to kick off on Saturday as well. Day 1a of the $1,675 WSOPC Caribbean Main Event gets underway at 6 p.m. local time and the tournament features a guaranteed prize pool of $250,000.

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