2019 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
$600 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
Prize Pool: $437,780
November 25-27, 2019
Michael Tureniec, a professional poker player from Sweden, is no stranger to big victories in big fields — he’s won a WSOP bracelet, an EPT title, and two WPTDeepStacks titles. He’s also won two trophies here at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood.
On Wednesday night, Tureniec was the last player standing from a massive field of 826 entries to win $100,700, the 12th six-figure cash of his career.
“It feels great,” said Tureniec after his victory. “I didn’t expect the field to be so massive. I was happily surprised to see that so many participated.”
Tureniec had a big stack for most of this tournament, bagging the second-largest stack in his starting flight, and bringing the third-largest stack to the final table of nine players. He didn’t have the biggest stack at that point, but Tureniec may have had the best seat.
“I really liked my seat draw,” said Tureniec. “I had the most aggressive players to my right, and those that were in the middle of the pack to my left. So that was a very good start to the final table. And then things played out very well.”
Tureniec knocked out Ryan D’Angelo in seventh place and Tony Utnage in sixth place to take the chip lead. Tureniec increased his lead when he eliminated Arthur Boatman in fourth place, and then three-handed play lasted for more than an hour.
Even though third-place finisher Jennifer Miller was eliminated by Hiroaki Harada, Tureniec still began heads-up play with a nearly two-to-one chip lead.
Harada didn’t make it easy, narrowing the gap a bit before winning a pot worth seven million with two pair to take a two-to-one chip lead of his own. But Tureniec steadily worked his way back into the lead.
In the final hand, Tureniec check-called bets from Harada on the flop and the turn on a board of . Tureniec shoved the river, and Harada tanked for several full minutes before he called with two pair, jacks and fives, falling short of Tureniec’s queens and fives. Harada earned $58,663 for his runner-up finish.
Thursday is the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, so there will be no trophy events in action. But Tureniec plans to return this weekend for the $3,500 WPT Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Championship.
“As always, a great tournament here, and well run” said Tureniec. “I’m really happy for the win.”
Final Table Results:
1st: Michael Tureniec – $100,700 + RRPO Trophy
2nd: Hiroaki Harada – $58,663
3rd: Jennifer Miller – $35,898
4th: Arthur Boatman – $29,550
5th: Justin Carey – $24,078
6th: Tony Utnage – $19,700
7th: Ryan D’Angelo – $15,760
8th: Luis Calvo – $11,820
9th: Richard Alati – $8,318