Both Chris Tryba and Matt Lefkowitz are regulars at the World Series of Poker, especially when it comes to the bigger buy-in mixed events like this Event 15: $5,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better. Combined, the two have over $1.9 million in live tournament earnings and 33 WSOP cashes.
Tryba boasts the poker record with more earnings than Lefkowitz. He has $1,026,486 in winnings while Lefkowitz has $886,720. When it comes to WSOP cashes, though, it's Lefkowitz with the edge 24 to nine. Tryba's largest WSOP score came last year when he took eighth place in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship for nearly $39,000. Lefkowitz's best WSOP score was when he finished runner-up to 1999 in the $3,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em event for $112,200. In total, Tryba has two WSOP final tables and Lefkowitz has five.
Both of them have already locked up cashes at the 2012 WSOP. Tryba has two coming from Event 4: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better (10th - $12,822) and Event 7: $1,500 Seven Card Stud (17th - $3,814). Lefkowitz finished in the money in Event 8: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better (44th - $5,639). Since 2008, Tryba has cashed every summer at the WSOP, while Lefkowitz has cashed each year since 2005 except for 2006 and 2008.
Right now, it looks as though both are above 20,000 in chips and working their stacks in the right direction. We'll be keeping an eye on these two to see how they fair here on Day 1.