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WSOP 2022: Sean Troha Picks Up Maiden Bracelet in Event #69: $10K PLO Championship ($1,246,770); Indo-American Shiva Dudani Finishes Runner-Up

Sean Troha & Shiva Dudani
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  • RUPAM THAKUR July 6, 2022
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The North Olmstead, Ohio resident Sean Troha (cover-left) entered the final day of the 2022 WSOP Event #69: $10,000 PLO Championship as the second-shortest stack (42 BBs) among five finalists and staged an epic comeback to win his maiden WSOP gold bracelet and a whopping $1,246,770. The two-time circuit ring winner, Indo-American Shiva Dudani (cover-right), who held a commanding lead coming into the final day, had to settle for a runner-up finish and walked away with a career-best $770,556.

Before this win, the two-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Sean Troha had a relatively modest $270,226 in recorded earnings at the WSOP. This was his 30th cash at the annual series, which boosted his live tournament earnings to $1,601,754. This was Troha’s third time playing the $10K PLO Championship at the WSOP, and he had earlier entered the $10K PLO Hi-Lo Championship without much success. His only other deep run so far at the 2022 WSOP was his 165th place finish in Event #58: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better worth $2,404.

Shortly after his victory, Sean Troha was asked if he could describe what the win felt like. He said, “Probably not. I am usually not a man of many words at the table. I have been coming out here for a lot of years and haven’t won any [bracelet]. Hopefully, this makes up for all of that.”

He further added, “You have no control over this kind of thing. I am just super lucky and super blessed to be here. I have been working very hard on my game, and this is the pay-off.”

As for his final day run, Troha shared, “I thought a lot of the things could have happened, and I wasn’t sure what I was gonna do, but I just kinda felt the moment and won a lot of hands early on, that freed me up a bit and made things easier. I also had a great run of cards.”

The $10K buy-in PLO Championship drew a record-setting 683-entry field, generating a $6,368,975 prize pool. The top 103 places got paid with a min-cash worth $16,047.

The Championship Events at the annual series always attract the big names, and several notables finished in the money, including Elior Sion (11th for $76,792), Allan Le (12th for $61,760), Robert Nehorayan (16th for $41,985), Jeff Madsen (19th for $41,985), John Beauprez (23rd for $41,985), Brandon Adams (24th for $35,509), partypoker Ambassador Patrick Leonard (26th for $35,509), Nicholas Baris (29th for $35,509), and Ronald Keijzer (32nd for $30,557).

Thair Kallabat (6th for $215,326), Indo-American Nitesh Rawtani (7th for $162,542), and Toby Lewis (8th for $124,611) were eliminated in the final table before Day 3 came to an end.

Final Day Chip Counts

  1. Shiva Dudani – 15,650,000
  2. Michael Duek – 9,405,000
  3. Tom Hu – 7,330,000
  4. Sean Troha – 5,045,000
  5. Joachim Haraldstad – 3,580,000


Final Day Recap

The final day’s action had Indo-American Shiva Dudani (15,650,000 ~ 130 BBs) starting off the gates with a massive chip lead over the other four players. And Dudani had a hot run as he eliminated the first three players, Norway’s Joachim Haraldstad (5th for $289,630), Tom Hu (4th for $395,465), and Michael Duek (3rd for $548,015).

Shiva Dudani
Shiva Dudani


There were two situations on the FT when Troha needed to hit a two-outer to survive against Dudani, and he did so both times, giving him the push to staging the incredible comeback.

Dudani was on the back foot by the time the heads-up began, and Troha finished the job in under an hour. On the last hand of the event, with the flop open , Dudani three-bet shoved with and Troha made the call with . The turn made two pair for Dudani, but Troha hit the better two pair on the river to take down the event.

Sean Troha
Sean Troha


Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Sean Troha – $1,246,770
  2. Shiva Dudani – $770,556
  3. Michael Duek – $548,015
  4. Tom Hu – $395,465
  5. Joachim Haraldstad – $289,630
  6. Thair Kallabat – $215,326
  7. Nitesh Rawtani – $162,542
  8. Toby Lewis – $124,611


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