After two days of play in Sint Marteen (the Dutch part of Saint Martin), Martin Ryan was named champion when he snagged the first-place prize in the WSOP $365 Pot Limit Omaha event at Casino Royale. He was one of three players from Trinidad & Tobago to make the final table, and made history as the first player to win two WSOP Circuit rings in consecutive days within the International Circuit Caribbean poker festival. (He won the $365 No-Limit Hold’em event the next day.)
When the final table began, Adrian Chandler was in the lead ahead of Ryan, but it was the eventual winner who was doing the heavy lifting. The first player to bust in the money was Augusto Cavazzini, who got in with A♤, K♤, Q♢, 6♢ and went head-to-head with Ryans’ Q♧, J♧, 10♡, 7♡. Ryan was able to turn a flush and the Italian was the first eliminated.
Aroon Maharaj and Adrian Chandler clashed right after and the latter managed to double up through Maharaj, who was the first Trinidad & Tobago player to be eliminated at the final table.
Next to go was William Cabre, who was short stacked from the get to. He was in with K♧, Q♡, J♤, J♧ when William Hicks called with A♤, 10♤, 6♢, 2♤, and that was all she wrote for the Frenchman. Cedric Adam, also of France, doubled up on a short stack before busting to Ryan, earning just over $1.5K for his efforts.
Chandler also ran into Ryan (the latter had aces) for fifth-place. Hicks got back in on the action quickly when his A♧, A♡, 10♢, 8♧ topped Mahaffey’s lesser A♢, K♢, Q♡, 6♡, eliminating the only American player at the final table.
When it was down to three, Robbie Bakker fell to an unfortunate straight snagged by Ryan on the river.
The final two players only played two hands before Ryan was named the victor. On the second, Hicks flopped trip fives, but it wasn’t enough to measure up to Ryan’s full house on a king-high board. Hick’s managed $5,400 for second place.
Final table results:
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