Richard Gryko Takes Career Earnings Past $1 Million With WSOPE PLO Win

Richard Gryko WSOPE

Richard Gryko took down Event 3 at the 2015 WSOPE in Berlin. (Photo: WSOP)

Richard Gryko has taken down Event 3 at the 2015 WSOPE in Berlin: the €3,250 Eight-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha event.

For his troubles, The British pro and Omaha specialist took home a first prize worth €126,345 ($144,501) and his first career WSOP bracelet.

His prize also took his lifetime live earnings over the $1 million mark.

161 runners had anted up for the PLO tournament at the Spielbank Casino in Berlin.

The event carried a buy-in of €3,250 and the likes of Phil Hellmuth, Mike Leah and Jeff Madsen all turned out.

And in a trend that has continued since the start of the WSOPE, there was plenty of homegrown talent on display.

But despite good runs from Christian Stratemeyer, Dirk Schumann and Alfredo Vega, it was the experience of Max Pescatori, Roberto Romanello, and Mike Leah which would see a star-studded final table battle it out for top honors.

Plum In Plum Position For PLO

After three days of action, the final table was reached, with Danish pro Mikkel Plum heading the chipstacks just ahead of Gryko.

However, despite avoiding the pitfalls of solid opponents like Brit Roberto Romanello, Plum eventually departed in third place.

Raising to 20,000 from Seat 1, Mike Leah called and both players saw a flop of 10-9-6.

The rest of the stacks went in, before Plum turned over 8-7-6-4 for a made 10-high straight and Leah A-Q-J-8 for the ace-high and needing help with a jack or king.

A jack duly arrived on the turn to improve the Canadian’s hand, and the king on the river confirmed Leah’s higher straight to send the Dane to the rail. For third place, Plum took away a prize worth €55,755.

Leah Leaves On a High

Mike “GoLeafsGoEh” Leah from Canada has long been the bridesmaid at WSOP events.

His sole bracelet came last year at the WSOP APAC (World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific) in Melbourne, the AUD25,000 High Roller, but since then he has racked up nine WSOP final tables and cashes.

The PLO event would make it close-but-no-cigar #10 for the online specialist after a heads-up that for long periods saw Leah a 2-1 chip dog to his British opponent.

Building on his advantage, Gryko soon held a 5-1 advantage and never really let that position slip.

When all of the chips went in on an A-K-6 flop, Gryko flipped over A-J-10-2 for top pair, with a diamond flush draw and gutshot for good measure. Fighting for his life, Leah had A-K-7-6 for top-two.

The 10c on the turn helped no-one, but the 3d on the river completed Gryko’s flush and sealed the deal for the man from Essex.

WSOPE 2015
Spielbank Berlin
Event #3: 8-Handed Pot Limit Omaha

Final Table Payouts

1st: Richard Gryko (UK) €126,345

2nd: Mike Leah (Canada) €78,150

3rd: Mikkel Plum (Denmark) €55,755

4th: Roberto Romanello (UK) €40,480

5th: Lawrence Lazar (USA) €29,940

6th: Benjamin Pollak (France) €22,535

7th: Max Pescatori (Italy) €17,240

8th: Ismael Bojang (Germany) €13,445

Jon Young
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Jon Young
Jon Young is an experienced poker and gambling writer who hails from London, although recent fatherhood has forced an exodus into the Hertfordshire countryside (what US readers would call “the burbs”). A former editor of UK-based Flush Magazine as well as World Poker Tour (WPT) Magazine, Jon claims responsibility for giving some of the best poker players in the world their first featured covers. An avid live player (when the kids’ school drop-offs permit), Jon has played in tournaments across the world, from the WSOP in Las Vegas to the GUKPT outside of London.

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