Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Sean Troha Wins His Third World Series of Poker Bracelet In Three-Year Span

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Sean Troha took down his first World Series of Poker title back in 2022, emerging victorious in the $10,000 pot-limit Omaha championship. The following summer he secured his second WSOP win as the last player standingg in the $1,500 buy-in pot-limit Omaha event. Just a couple weeks into the 2024 series, Troha has already managed to win his third career bracelet. He took down the $10,000 pot-limit Omaha eight-or-better championship for $536,713.

The pot-limit Omaha specialist from North Olmstead, Ohio now has more than $3.1 million in career tournament earnings, with over $2.4 million of that coming from his 29 cashes in bracelet events.

Troha’s three bracelet wins, earned in consecutive years, also represent his three largest tournament paydays. His fourth largest score was a $200,00 score earned as the winner of a PLO8 event at the 2023 PGT PLO Series.

This latest victory also awarded Troha 1,020 Card Player Player of the Year points, enough to move him just outside the top 150 in the 2024 POY race standings presented by Global Poker. With 594 total PokerGO Tour points, Troha climbed to 11th in the PGT rankings.

This event drew 259 entries, building a prize pool of $2,408,700. The top 39 finishers made the money, with big names like five-time bracelet winner Scott Seiver (24th), ten-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey (23rd), bracelet winner Alex Foxen (16th), and bracelet winner Jonathan Cohen (11th) running deep.

Troha sat in second chip position when the unofficial final table of nine was set. He trailed only 2023 WSOP mystery millions champion Tyler Brown, who added to his lead when he knocked out Joshua Thibodaux in ninth place ($43,065). Troha’s flopped top pair and turned nut low were enough to eliminate Luis Velador (8th – $54,499) from the event.

Four-time bracelet winner Brad Ruben was the next to his the rail. Brown made a six-high straight on the end to scoop Ruben, who had committed the last of his very short stack with a single-suited K-J-7-3. Ruben earned $70,585 for his seventh-place showing.

Philip Shing also ran into a scoop-worthy six-high straight, with Robert Tanita scoring the knockout blow this time around. Shing cashed for $93,512 as the sixth-place finisher. Despite winning that pot, Tanita was ultimately the next to be sent packing. Brown made a queen-high straight to eliminate Tanita in fifth place ($126,662).

Four-time bracelet winner Yuri Dzivielevski came close to adding a fifth title at the series to his resume. He ultiamtely bowed out in fourth place, though, getting all-in with a pair, a low draw and a flush. Brown called with a higher flush draw and a better kicker on the same pair of nines. The turn and river brought running kings to give Brown the same two pair with a winning queen kicker. Dzivielevski now has more than $7.4 million in lifetime earnings after adding the $175,321 he secured with this deep run.

Shortly after the final three players returned from a dinner break, two-time bracelet winner Joao Simao got all-in with a flush draw, wrap straight draw, and low draw facing a pair, gutshot straight draw, and higher flush draw for Brown. The draws all bricked out and Brown’s high hand won him the entire pot. Simao settled for $247,874 as the third-place finisher.

Heads-up play began with Brown holding more than a 2:1 lead over Troha. After closing the gap a bit, Troha won a big pot with a flopped king-high straight to move into the lead.

Brown was soon all-in preflop with ASpade SuitQSpade Suit10Club Suit6Club Suit facing the KSpade SuitKClub SuitQDiamond Suit3Diamond Suit of Troha. The board ran out KDiamond Suit10Diamond Suit2Spade Suit2Diamond Suit9Spade Suit to give Troha kings full for the win. Brown cashed for $357,807 as the runner-up, the second-largest score of his career.

Here is a look at the payouts and rankings points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings POY Points PGT Points
1 Sean Troha $536,713 1020 537
2 Tyler Brown $357,807 850 358
3 Joao Simao $247,874 680 248
4 Yuri Dzivielevski $175,321 510 175
5 Robert Tanita $126,662 425 127
6 Philip Shing $93,512 340 94
7 Bradley Ruben $70,585 255 71
8 Luis Velador $54,499 170 54

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Photo credit: PokerGO / Antonio Abrego.




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