Chris Tryba can easily be called a conservative old school grinder. Not only has he cashed in over 100 tournaments since 2003, but for the last couple of years has been chasing World Series of Poker Circuit events. Last year that meant spending over 150 nights in hotel rooms. But it has paid off; Chris has cashed 24 times on the WSOP Circuit, making him one of the top 25 all-time in the money finishers, and has career tournament earnings of over $1.2 million.
For the last few weeks, Chris has been home in Las Vegas, and that means he has been playing events at the World Series of Poker, where he has cashed 10 times since 2008. Last year he placed 8th in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship which was as close as Chris had come to gold - but all that changed on June 20th, 2012.
Chris had cashed twice at the WSOP by the time he joined 392 other players who were going to play Event #35, the $2,500 Mixed Limit Hold'em. Anyone could see this was going to be a tough event as players like Antonio Esfandiari, Daniel Negreanu, Jeff Madsen, Barry Greenstein, David Williams, Huck Seed, Dan Harrington, and Phil Ivey took their seats.
Little did Chris know that he would not only outlast those big names, but he would make it to the final table, alongside Phil Ivey. If this Boston native ever dreamed he would be in a heads-up battle for his first bracelet, he probably wouldn’t have imagined it would be against bracelet holder Erik Cajelais. And you can bet that if Chris had a vision of what his last hand would be – he couldn’t have guessed that his final hand would be something of which dreams and movies are made.
When Tryba made runner-runner trips to bust Salman Behbehani, he was still stacking chips when the heads-up battle ended as soon as it started. On the first hand dealt during the No-Limit Holdem round, the sent all of Cajelais’s chips in the pot on the flop. The on the turn and the on the river fit perfectly with Tryba’s to make a Hollywood movie worthy Queen-High Straight Flush. Dreams don’t get much better than that, especially when you add in your first gold bracelet and top it off with a $210,107 payday.
Watch Chris’s winning interview below.
Even though Chris Tryba is richer and sporting impressive gold jewelry, he doubts he will change. Easily spotted by his trademark white T-shirts that he always wears, he says he is conservative and will stay that way. The white T-shirts are a good example of how practical the new champ is; he found them on sale for $3 each and bought every size XXXL in the store. Chris is proud of the fact he hasn’t had to buy a shirt in several years. The one thing he will change he says is his participation in tournaments; now that he has a bankroll, he plans to play a lot more of them.
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Final Table Payouts
|4th||Joep van den Bijgaart||$68,576|
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