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Chris Tryba on Pre-WSOP Heater; Win Bally's Black Hawk Poker Open

Chris Tryba

Bracelet winner Chris Tryba, who has been driving cross country from the East Coast, has been hitting multiple stops before landing down in Las Vegas this summer for the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP), and everything has come up roses for the longtime Circuit grinder.

On Sunday, May 22, Tryba took down the 2022 Bally's Black Hawk Poker Open Main Event in Colorado for $50,808, less than a month after finishing fourth in the MSPT Ohio State Championship Main Event several states over to pocket $60,466.

Making An MSPT Final Table

Tryba began his journey West in March, which he has been documenting on social media, with a trip WSOP Circuit Turning Stone in New York, where he finished 36th in a $1,100 buy-in no-limit Hold'em event for $1,644 and later cashed in the $1,515 Turning Stone Main Event, finishing in 99th place for $2,646.

After a few deep runs but no serious scores in New York, the veteran grinder, who PokerNews interviewed at a WSOP Circuit stop at Harrah's Tunica back in 2011, headed to the MSPT Ohio State Championship at JACK Casino Cleveland earlier this month, where he was able to cash for five figures.

In the $1,110 buy-in Main Event, which PokerNews was on-site to report, Tryba found a fourth-place finish worth $60,466.

Chris Tryga
Chris Tryga (back left)

It was probably not the result Tryba was hoping for as he entered the final table as chip leader but suffered a massive bad beat when his set of fives ran into the set of sixes of Dustin Mcelaney, who ended up finishing in second for $133,058 after a heads-up deal. Nonetheless, the fourth-place finish gave Tryba his ninth biggest cash to date.

2022 MSPT JACK Cleveland Final Table Results

1stJohn Dennehey$155,933*
2ndDustin Mcelhaney$133,058*
3rdKevin Kerchenski$81,580
4thChris Tryba$60,466
5thScott Fitzhugh$46,069
6thTodd Rizzo$35,511
7thDave Holmes$27,833
8thShaun Gillian$21,115
9thKris Davis$17,276

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Victory in Colorado

After the MSPT Ohio State Championship, Tryba continued his poker trip West with a stop at the MSPT Michigan State Championship Battle Creek, where he finished 89th in the $1,100 buy-in Main Event for $3,840.

Next, it was onward to Colorado for the 2022 Bally's Black Hawk Poker Open Main Event, which drew 153 entries across two flights as Flight C was canceled due to a power outage, according to Dan Ross of Hold'em Media, who live-reported the event for

Tryba was able to earn another by taking down the Main Event for $50,808, defeating Matt Livingston during heads-up play.

According to the live reporting of the event, the final hand occurred when Livingston got all in with pocket sixes against the pocket aces of Tryba, who secured the victory when the board ran out clean.

Other players who made the final table in the Main Event at Bally's Black Hawk included Stephen Decker (3rd - $19,195), Joseph Crowley (4th - $14,114) and Allen Kessler (9th - $5,646).

2022 Bally's Poker Open Main Event Final Table Results

 1Chris Tryba$50,808
 2Matt Livingston$31,616
 3Stephen Decker$19,195
 4Joseph Crowley$14,114
 5Edo Zucker$10,539
 6Vince Moscati$8,657
 7Andrew Peragallo$7,662
 8Luke Marken$6,861
 9Allen Kessler$5,646

Westward to WSOP

Chris Tryba
Chris Tryba

After his fantastic performance this month that brought him six figures, Tryba is now up to an impressive $2.4 million in live tournament earnings, per The Hendon Mob.

With the 2022 WSOP less than a week out, Tryba will try his success in Las Vegas as he looks to pick up a second career bracelet, a decade after winning his first. At the 2012 WSOP, Tryba took down Event #35: $2,500 Mixed Hold'em for a career-best $210,107 and the coveted gold bracelet.

With a bracelet and two Circuit rings already to his name, it should be a good series for Tryba if he's able to continue his current heater.


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