The King of the Caribbean Strikes Again: Martin Ryan Wins 10th WSOP Circuit Ring

Back in 2016, the third ever World Series of Poker cash of Martin Ryan was a victory in a $365 WSOP Circuit Ring Event at the Casino Royale on Sint Maarten. It was the start of an incredible series for the card shark from Trinidad and Tobago, who has made the trip over to the friendly island for all major live poker events ever since and also started participating in the ring events on American soil. He has now earned his tenth WSOPC Ring after coming out on top of a field of 117 entries in the 2022 WSOPC Caribbean Ring Event #6 $300 Pot-Limit Omaha.

Coincidentally, the victory came once more in the four card variant after he defeated Alessio Isaia in heads-up. Both players earned the biggest slice of the $29,250 prize pool with Ryan taking home $8,000, while high stakes PLO cash game player Isaia had to settle for $5,000. The nine-handed final table also featured La Sengphet, Gaetan Balleur, and Paul Benichou as well while the top 15 finishers earned at least $600 for their efforts.

Place Winner Country Prize (in USD)
1 Martin Ryan Trinidad & Tobago $8,000
2 Alessio Isaia Italy $5,000
3 Danny Clarkson United States $3,500
4 La Sengphet United States $2,500
5 Kamel Atoui Morocco $2,000
6 Gaetan Balleur France $1,500
7 Desmond Culbert Sint Maarten $1,100
8 Elvis Mercera Netherlands $950
9 Paul Benichou Guadeloupe $800
Martin Ryan wins 10th WSOPC Ring

After starting the day atop the leaderboard, it wasn’t smooth sailing for Ryan by any means and runner-up Isaia also went on a wild roller coaster ride throughout the day as well. Both of these things aren’t uncommon at all for the great game of PLO, however, as the popular variant is typically full of swings.

It all kicked off with 17 players remaining for Day 2 and the field was nearly instantly down to the final two tables after Steven Rinaldi was sent to the rail in the first few minutes. His kings spiked a one outer against La Sengphet only to see one of the remaining two aces peel off right after on the turn. Shortly after, Gabriel Kimyagarov had most of his chips in preflop with aces and Desmond Culbert spiked a set of fours to burst the money bubble.

The casualties thereafter came in rapid fashion with notables such as Peter Hajszan, Arman Bosnakyan, Cedric Adam, and Luis Gonzalez Zwanenburg all departing in a matter of minutes. Jesse Lawrence then missed out on the final table when Ryan had the best of it with a runner-runner straight for the latter to hold more than two times as many chips as Kamel Atoui when the last nine contenders combined to one table.

Atoui was the most active player thereafter and battled back and forth with Ryan and Isaia, becoming short and doubling back into the lead. Paul Benichou and Elvis Mercera never got anything going and became the first two casualties on the final table. Ryan then dropped into the middle of the pack before he was part of a three-way all-in with Desmond Culbert and La Sengphet. Culbert’s pocket aces were cracked by both opponents, who made the same two pair with jack-ten.

Gaetan Balleur nursed a short stack for the entire late stages and ultimately ran out of fumes when his open-ended straight draw missed. That hand saw Isaia with the nut flush and he took a big chunk out of Atoui’s stack. The hot streak of Isaia continued as he also knocked out Atoui soon after to become the chip leader with four remaining. Ryan ramped up his aggression to take the lead and Sengphet’s bid for a sixth WSOPC ring ended in fourth place. Danny Clarkson was then felted by Isaia, who entered the heads-up duel with a minor disadvantage against Ryan. While quite deep, the fireworks only lasted a few minutes and Ryan became the sixth player to win at least ten WSOPC rings.

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