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2022/23 WSOP Circuit - Harrah's Pompano Beach (Florida)

Thursday, February 09, 2023 to Saturday, February 11, 2023

WSOPC Event #9: $1,700 MAIN EVENT

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  • Buy-in: $1,700
  • Prizepool: $1,537,725
  • Entries: 1,015
  • Remaining: 2

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Tuesday, February 14, 2023 12:06 AM Local Time

 
Harrah's Pompano Beach Main Event Champion Christopher Trombley

After a lengthy heads-up battle where he fought back multiple times from near elimination, Christopher Trombley of Macomb, Michigan successfully battled back to win the Harrah’s Pompano Beach Main Event for $266,186 and his first WSOP Circuit ring.

Trombley defeated Robert Lupo after over 3 ½ hours of heads-up play when he picked off Lupo’s river jam with his turned third pair. For his efforts, Lupo took home runner-up money of $164,511.

When asked about his winning hand, Trombley told WSOP.com that his read of his opponent being on a draw was correct. “I took a little more volatile route, raising just a pair of nines and getting him to call, and then he ended up stuffing the river when his draw didn’t come in…I was willing to pay off a flush but I just felt like my pair was good there.”

Trombley was very short-stacked more than once during heads-up play, but never gave up and eventually turned the tide to score the victory.

“When I got short, I didn’t panic. I know the gameplan with sub-8 bigs, 5 bigs…just not getting impatient and try to catch the cards as they come.”

The six-figure score is by far the largest for the recently converted cash game player who has now captured WSOP hardware.

Harrah's Pompano Beach Main Event Final Table Results:

1. Christopher Trombley - $266,186
2. Robert Lupo - $164,511
3. Ryan Eriquezzo - $121,111
4. Vitalijs Zavorotnijs - $90,196
5. Roman Hrabec - $67,961
6. Jeremy Eyer - $51,816
7. Blake Whittington - $39,981
8. Chet Sickle - $31,225
9. Ian Cohen - $24,686

 

Final Table Action

Trombley’s emergence as the champion was somewhat of a surprise given how the first half of the final table was shaking down, as the chip leader entering the day, Ryan Eriquezzo appeared poised to be there at the end.

With his mom Valerie watching on, Eriquezzo channeled ‘Mom Rungood’ for much of the day, extending his lead early, with Lubo the only player consistently able to keep pace, as after Ian Cohen’s early elimination, he reached ten million chips with his elimination of Chet Sickle in 8th place.

Eriquezzo then eliminated Blake Whittington in 7th place to approach ten million himself, and Lupo sent Jeremy Eyer home in 6th place, leaving Eriquezzo as the only player remaining with WSOP jewelry to his name.

Trombley then started building his stack into a contender with his elimination of Roman Hrabec in 5th place and took over the chip lead shortly after.

Lupo then scored another knockout by busting Vitalijs Zavorotnijs in 4th place.

That’s when things took an unexpected turn with the stunning elimination of Eriquezzo in 3rd place when his turned two pair of aces and fours smashed into Trombley’s flopped set of kings in the biggest pot of the tournament at that point.

From there, Trombley and Lupo began their epic battle, with Trombley earning his seat into the WSOP Tournament of Champions with the victory.

This concludes our coverage from Harrah’s Pompano Beach. Stay close to WSOP.com for live reporting from the next Circuit stop at the redesigned Horseshoe Las Vegas.

Monday, February 13, 2023 10:00 PM Local Time

 

Christopher Trombley raised to 1,200,000 and was called by Robert Lupo.

The flop came     and the players checked.

On the   turn, Lupo bet 1,200,000 and got raised to 3,000,000 by Trombley.

Lupo called and the river brought the  . He then moved all in for approximately 7,000,000, sending Trombley into the tank for a couple of minutes for a potentially tournament winning call.

Ultimately, he made that call, to which Lupo replied, "good game".

Lupo showed    for a missed straight draw on the turn and Trombley showed his winning    for a pair of nines, which were good enough to eliminate Lupo and take home the title.

 

Christopher Trombley - 30,800,000
Robert Lupo - eliminated

Monday, February 13, 2023 9:54 PM Local Time
Level: 36
Blinds: 300000/600000
Ante: 600000
Monday, February 13, 2023 9:48 PM Local Time

Robert Lupo raised to 1,000,000 and was called by Christopher Trombley to see a flop of     and they each checked.

On the   turn, Trombley bet 1,000,000 and got called.

The   on the river saw another bet of 1,000,000 which was raised to 4,000,000 by Lupo and called by Trombley. 

Lupo showed    for rivered trips and a winner for Lupo.

However, just after that, Trombley got his last chips in with    versus Lupo's    and spiked an ace on the river to double up to nearly an even stack again.

 

Robert Lupo - 16,050,000
Christopher Trombley - 14,850,000

Monday, February 13, 2023 9:30 PM Local Time

After Robert Lupo Regained the chip lead, it was short-lived after this hand.

Lupo called a raise to 1,000,000 from Christopher Trombley to see a flop of    .

Both players checked to the   turn and Lupo now led for 1,500,000 which Trombley called.

On the   river, Lupo checked, then faced a bet of 4,200,000, which after some thought, he called.

Trombley showed    for a rivered straight to win the meaty pot and regain his lead.

 

Christopher Trombley - 18,700,000
Robert Lupo - 12,100,000

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, February 13, 2023 9:04 PM Local Time

Christopher Trombley raised to 1,000,000 and was called by Robert Lupo.

They checked the     flop, but on the   turn, Lupo bet 800,000 and was called.

The river was the   and Lupo now bet 3,800,000, which was most of Trombley's chips. He chose to call and was good.

Lupo showed    for top pair, while Trombley held    for two pair and a winning hand to put him into the chip lead for the first time in a while.

 

Christopher Trombley - 16,450,000
Robert Lupo - 14,350,000

Monday, February 13, 2023 8:52 PM Local Time
Level: 35
Blinds: 250000/500000
Ante: 500000
Monday, February 13, 2023 8:49 PM Local Time

A couple of pots to Robert Lupo before break have solidified his chip lead back to over 2 to 1 over Christopher Trombley as they take a ten minute break.

 

Robert Lupo - 21,350,000
Christopher Trombley - 9,550,000

Monday, February 13, 2023 8:35 PM Local Time

Robert Lupo raised to 800,000 and got called by Christopher Trombley.

On the     flop, Trombley checked, then called a bet of 800,000 from Lupo.

On the   turn, After another check by Trombley, Lupo bet 1,400,000. Trombley responded with a three-bet to 3,900,000, which got a fold from Lupo who has now nearly ceded his chip lead to Trombley after having him down to 8 big blinds.

Robert Lupo - 16,000,000
Christopher Trombley - 14,800,000

Monday, February 13, 2023 8:23 PM Local Time

Robert Lupo moved all in and Christopher Trombley called for his last 4,700,000.

Christopher Trombley:   
Robert Lupo:   

The board came with an ace immediately for Trombley and finished       doubling Trombley back to almost a 2-1 defecit.

 

Robert Lupo - 21,000,000
Christopher Trombley - 9,800,000

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, February 13, 2023 8:09 PM Local Time

Another series of smaller pots has seen Robert Lupo chip Christopher Trombley down  to under 15 big blinds, and Trombley has begun moving all in at a higher frequency preflop, but has yet to receive a call.

 

Robert Lupo - 24,025,000
Christopher Trombley - 6,975,000

Monday, February 13, 2023 7:53 PM Local Time

Picking action up on the turn with a couple million in the pot and a board of     , Robert Lupo bet 700,000 and was called by Christopher Trombley.

On the   river, Lupo now checked and faced a bet of 1,600,000 from Trombley. After a bit of thought, Lupo called and saw    for winning trip kings for Trombley.

 

Robert Lupo - 17,400,000
Christopher Trombley - 13,400,000

Monday, February 13, 2023 7:48 PM Local Time
Level: 34
Blinds: 200000/400000
Ante: 400000
Monday, February 13, 2023 7:32 PM Local Time

Christopher Trombley raised to 650,000 and was called by Robert Lupo.

They saw a flop of     and Lupo checked. Trombley bet 500,000 and Lupo check-raised to 1,400,000. 

Trombley then moved all in for about 8,500,000 and Lupo folded.

 

Robert Lupo - 19,600,000
Christopher Trombley - 11,200,000

Monday, February 13, 2023 7:19 PM Local Time

In a limped pot, the flop came     and Robert Lupo checked to Christopher Trombley who bet 300,000.

Lupo called and the   came on the turn.

The players both checked and the   fell on the river. Lupo now led for 1,100,000 and after some thought, Trombley called.

Lupo showed    for a Broadway straight, which sent Trombley's cards to the muck.

Robert Lupo - 21,400,000
Christopher Trombley - 9,400,000

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, February 13, 2023 7:05 PM Local Time

Since taking the chip lead, Robert Lupo has been betting aggressively and taking a series of small pots from Christopher Trombley to extend his chip lead.

Robert Lupo - 23,400,000
Christopher Trombley - 7,400,000

Monday, February 13, 2023 6:50 PM Local Time

After Robert Lupo raised to 600,000, Christopher Trombley moved all in for 8,825,000 effective and got snap-called.

Robert Lupo:   
Christopher Trombley:   

Trombley's pair of twos had smashed into Lupo's pair of ones (aces), and after the       runout, Lupo's aces earned him a double up and the chip lead.

Robert Lupo - 17,650,000
Christopher Trombley - 13,150,000

Monday, February 13, 2023 6:42 PM Local Time
Level: 33
Blinds: 150000/300000
Ante: 300000
Monday, February 13, 2023 6:42 PM Local Time

After some back and forth action that has seen Christopher Trombley extend his lead slightly heads-up, the players have taken a 5-minute break.

Christopher Trombley - 21,800,000
Robert Lupo - 9,000,000

Monday, February 13, 2023 6:25 PM Local Time

 

Christopher Trombley raised to 1,000,000 in the small blind and was called by Ryan Eriquezzo in the big blind.

On the     flop, Trombley bet 600,000 and Eriquezzo called. 

On the   turn, Trombley checked, and Eriquezzo bet 1,400,000. Trombley check-raised all in for about 7,300,000 effective and Eriquezzo called it off, putting himself at risk in the biggest pot of the tournament.

Ryan Eriquezzo:   
Christopher Trombley:   

Trombley's set of kings led Eriquezzo's aces and fours, and after the   fell on the river, Eriquezzo was eliminated in 3rd place, setting up heads-up play between Trombley and Robert Lupo.

Christopher Trombley - 18,200,000
Robert Lupo - 12,600,000
Ryan Eriquezzo - eliminated

Playtika - Jason Alexander
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