Aleksandr Shevelev Wins $250 Turbo Trophy

2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
Event #3
$250 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Turbo
Total Entries: 229
Prizepool: $48,090

Aleksandr Shevelev Wins $250 No Limit Hold'em Deep Stack Turbo
Aleksandr Shevelev Wins $250 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Turbo

Aleksandr Shevelev took down the second trophy of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown on Sunday evening after besting a field of 229 players to earn $13,462.

The 24-year-old Russian professional billiards and poker player was on vacation in South Florida and decided to take some time to take his shot in the Turbo event.

“It was a little of both,” said Shevelev on whether he left Russia to enjoy the area or to play some poker.

Shevelev came into the final table second in chips and never really found himself short on chips. During six-handed play, Shevelev eliminated two players to win the biggest pot of the tournament and had almost 75% of the chips in play as three-handed play began.

Shevelev flopped top pair and a king kicker against Jermaine Fierlin’s top pair and open-ended straight draw and Payam Pourghassem’s open-ended straight draw.

Shevelev’s hand held up to take the chip lead for good.

“I felt like I had to call there cause I was the chip leader,” said Shevelev.

He continued to apply pressure to the rest of the table and eventually defeat Cangir Elcin heads-up to take the title.

Here are a look at the final table:

1st: Aleksandr Shevelev – $13,462
2nd: Cangir Elcin – $7,935
3rd: Eric Piderit – $4,569
4th: Edwin Gerard – $3,703
5th: Payam Pourghassem – $2,885
6th: Jermaine Gerlin – $2,405
7th: Janine Gelb – $1,924
8th: Tim Harrell – $1,443
9th: John Barros – $962

Event 3 Final Results

Event 3: Aleksandr Shevelev Wins $250 Turbo ($13,462), Cangir Elcin Eliminated in 2nd ($7,935)

$250 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Turbo
Level 29: 40,000/80,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Registered: 229
Players Remaining: 1

Aleksandr Shevelev
Aleksandr Shevelev

On a flop of Kh10s8h, Cangir Elcin gets his last 800,000 into the middle and Aleksandr Shevelev calls.

Elcin shows 8d7c, good for bottom pair and needs to improve to top Shevelev’s Ks5h, good for top pair.

The turn is the 5c, giving Shevelev two pair and leaving Elcin drawing to two outs in the deck. The river is the 4c and Shevelev officially takes home the trophy.

Shevelev takes home $13,462 and the trophy for the win and the Elcin earns $7,935 for his runner-up finish.

Cangir Elcin
Cangir Elcin

Aleksandr Shevelev – $250 No Limit Hold’em Turbo Champion
Cangir Elcin – Eliminated

Event 3: Cangir Elcin Doubles Up

$250 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Turbo
Level 29: 40,000/80,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Registered: 229
Players Remaining: 2

Aleksandr Shevelev moves all in on the button and Cangir Elcin calls from the big blind. Elcin is all in for 600,000 and shows AhKd.

Shevelev is dominated with his KsJs, but the tournament is over if he finds a jack.

The flop is AcQd7c and Elcin pairs his ace, but Shevelev picks up a straight draw. The turn is the 7s and the river is the 4c to give Elcin the double up.

Cangir Elcin – 1,200,000
Aleksandr Shevelev – 3,300,000

Event 3: Eric Piderit Eliminated in 3rd Place ($4,569)

$250 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Turbo¬†
Level 29: 40,000/80,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Registered: 229
Players Remaining: 2

Eric Piderit
Eric Piderit

Aleksandr Shevelev moves all in from the small blind and Eric Piderit calls from the big blind.

Shevelev shows 3c2c and is up against Piderit’s AsKd.

The flop is Qd9d6d and Shevelev is drawing very slim after Piderit picks up a flush draw. The turn is the 10h, changing nothing, but the river is the 2s and Shevelev hits a deuce to send Piderit home in third.

Shevelev is now heads-up with Cangir Elcin for the title.

Aleksandr Shevelev – 4,200,000
Eric Piderit – Eliminated

Event 3: Edwin Gerard Eliminated in 4th Place ($3,703)

$250 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Turbo
Level 28: 30,000/60,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Registered: 229
Players Remaining: 3

Edwin Gerard
Edwin Gerard

Cangir Elcin moves all in on the button for 175,000 and Edwin Gerard calls off for less in the small blind. Aleksandr Shevelev calls from the big blind and all three hands are tabled.

Shevelev shows Ac7h, Gerard shows 8h8d and Elcin tables QsJs.

The flop is Jh10d3s and Elcin vaults into the lead. The turn is the 3d and the river is the 4h. Elcin almost triples up and Gerard takes home $3,703 for fourth placce.

Cangir Elcin- 550,000
Aleksandr Shevelev – 2,850,000
Edwin Gerard – Eliminated

Event 3: Aleksandr Shevelev Eliminates Payam Pourghassem in 5th Place ($2,885) and Jermaine Gerlin in 6th Place ($2,405)

$250 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Turbo
Level 28: 30,000/60,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Registered: 229
Players Remaining: 4

Payam Pourghassem
Payam Pourghassem

Aleksandr Shemelev raises to 120,000 under-the-gun and is called by Payam Pourghassem in the cutoff and Jermaine Gerlin out of the big blind.

The flop is 6c4h3s and Fierlin moves all in for 810,000. Shevelev goes into the tank for a minute and gets an exact count from the dealer before calling.

Pourghassem puts his hands on his head and goes into a tank of his own Pourghassem eventually moves all in for 1,110,000 and Shevelev calls.

It’s by far the biggest pot of the tournament with just shy of 3 million in the middle. Gerlin shows 6d5d, good for top pair and a straight draw, Shevelev shows Kc6s, giving him top pair and a better kicker and Pourghassem has the same straight draw as Gerlin with his As5h.

The turn is Qc and the river is the 9h to keep Shevelev in the lead and drag the pot.

They count down the stacks and verify that Shevelev has Pourghassem covered by just one 5,000 denomination chip. Shevelev knocks out two players and takes a monstrous chip lead on the rest of the final table.

With Pourghassem having more chips than Gerlin, he takes home the fifth place cash worth $2,885 and Gerlin earns $2,405 for his sixth place finish.

Jermaine Fierlin
Jermaine Gerlin

Aleksandr Shevelev – 2,900,000
Payam Pourghassem – Eliminated
Jermaine Gerlin – Eliminated

Event 3: Janine Gelb Eliminated in 7th Place ($1,924)

$250 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Turbo
Level 27: 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Registered: 229
Players Remaining: 6

Janine Gelb
Janine Gelb

Janine Gelb moves all in from the cutoff for 45,000, which is just under a full big blind. Payam Pourghassem limps in on the button, Cangir Elcin completes from the small blind and Edwin Gerard checks his option from the big blind.

There is 15,000 in a side pot for the three players who still have chips and they see a flop of 3d2d2h and Elcin checks. Gerard moves all in and everybody else folds.

Gerard shows 6s6h and is up against Gelb’s QsJh. The turn is the 5s and the river is the 10h to eliminate Gelb.

Edwin Gerard – 380,000
Janine Gelb – Eliminated

Event 3: Tim Harrell Eliminated in 8th Place ($1,443)

$250 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Turbo
Level 27: 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Registered: 229
Players Remaining: 7

Tim Harrell
Tim Harrell

Tim Harrell moves all in from the hijack and is called by Eric Piderit in the cutoff. Harrell shows Qc10d and is behind against Piderit’s AdKd.

The flop is KsKh4h and Harrell is drawing very slim after Piderit flops trip kings.

The turn is the 7d and the river is the 3h to send Harrell home in eighth place for $1,443.

Eric Piderit – 875,000
Tim Harrell – Eliminated

Event 3: Johan Bavvos Eliminated in 9th Place ($962)

$250 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Turbo¬†
Level 28: 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Registered: 229
Players Remaining: 8

Johan Bavvos
Johan Bavvos

Johan Bavvos moves all in from the cutoff and Payam Pourghassem calls from the big blind. Bavvos shows Ah9c and is dominated by Pourghassem’s AdKc.

The board runs out 7c4c4dQsJs and Bavvos can’t find a nine to stay alive. He hits the rail in ninth place and takes home $962.

Payam Pourghassem – 875,000
Johan Bavvos – Eliminated

Event 3: Pedro Palacios Eliminated in 10th Place ($625)

$250 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Turbo
Level 26: 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Registered: 229
Players Remaining: 9

Pedro Palacios
Pedro Palacios

Aleksandr Shemelev raises to 80,000 under-the-gun and Pedro Palacios moves all in for 225,000. Action folds back to Shemelev, who calls.

It’s a flip for Palacios’ tournament life with his KdQd up against Shemelev’s 4c4h.

The board runs out Jd10c3h7c7d and Palacios flops overs and an open-ended straight draw, but brick bricks off to fall in 10th place. He takes home $625 for his run.

Aleksandr Shemelev – 1,300,000
Pedro Palacios – Eliminated