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Miguel Riera Suarez Captures First Live Tournament Win In $1,100 No Limit Hold’em

2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Hollywood, FL
Event 16
$1,100 No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 260
Prize Pool: $252,200
March 29, 2017

Miguel Riera Suarez Wins $1,100 No Limit Hold’em

Miguel Riera Suarez has had a very successful poker career, but it was almost exclusively on the virtual felt. The Bristol, Spain native has played over 40,000 tournaments online, but only had about $3,500 in live cashes before the wee hours of Thursday morning.

Suarez added a lot more to his live tournament earnings after winning the $1,100 no limit hold’em. He bested a stacked final table and a field of 260 players to win his first trophy and $57,437.

“It’s always nice to win, no?” said Suarez. “It’s my first tournament win in live. In tournament live, it is my first time I win. I won the trophy. The money doesn’t matter.”

Suarez left Spain with a few friends to travel around the U.S. and Panama to play some poker tournaments and see the country. Before coming to South Florida, he already tasted some success in Panama.

“Last week in Panama, he finished third in a similar event,” said one of his friends working as a translator. “He’s been doing well in PokerStars for years, but this is his first win live. He is a top online player, but he’s only played like 15 tournaments live.”

It’s obvious that Suarez is one of the top online players on PokerStars because he was able to come out on top of a final table that featured a lot of poker talent. With a final table that featured James Romero, Kevin MacPhee, Cord Garcia, Scott Montgomery, David Prociak, and Team SHRP member Chance Kornuth, there were plenty of WPT titles and WSOP bracelets to go around the table.

Suarez waded his way through the shark infested waters that was the final table and got heads-up with Tony Tran. After a heads-up battle that was very swingy, Suarez slammed the table and celebrated his victory with his friends after the final card hit the felt.

The 35-year-old poker pro has a win under his belt, but will be staying here through the main event and is looking to build his live resume even further before he leaves South Florida to head back across the Atlantic.

Even if he does leave without another cash under his belt, it’s likely he’ll be back at some point to take another shot.

“We love traveling,” said Suarez. “And it’s nice to come here and know the country. I like Miami and California too much. I will try to come here every time.”

Here are the final table results:

1st: Miguel Riera Suarez – $57,437
2nd: Tony Tran – $40,410
3rd: Aleks Dimitrov – $25,851
4th: Chance Kornuth – $15,725
5th: Kevin MacPhee – $12,143
6th: Scott Montgomery – $10,063
7th: Cord Garcia – $8,449
8th: David Prociak – $7,062
9th: Spencer Champlin – $5,745
10th: James Romero – $4,855

Event 16: Miguel Riera Suarez Wins $1,100 No Limit Hold’em ($57,437), Tony Tran Eliminated in 2nd ($40,410)

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em
Level 27: 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 1 of 260

Miguel Rivera Suarez

On a flop of 6d6c5d, Tony Tran moved all in and Miguel Riera Suarez called.

Tran tabled Th7d, giving him ten-high and some backdoor draws. He had more equity than he thought, though, after Suarez showed AhQh.

The turn was the Kd, giving Tran a flush draw to go with his live pair outs, but the river was the 5c and Suarez won the pot. He eliminated Tran in second place and won the tournament.

Suarez took home the Hard Rock Trophy and $57,437, while Tran earned $40,410 for his runner-up finish.

Tony Tran

Miguel Riera Suarez – $1,100 No Limit Hold’em Champion
Tony Tran – Eliminated

Event 16: Miguel Riera Suarez Doubles Up

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em
Level 27: 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 260

Tony Tran raised on the button and Miguel Riera Suarez moved all in from the big blind for 855,000.  Tran called.

Tran showed Ad9c and was flipping with Suarez’s 5s5h. The board ran out KhJcTs7d2d and Suarez won the flip to double up.

Miguel Riera Suarez – 1,710,000 (42 bb)
Tony Tran – 1,500,000 (37 bb)

Event 16: Tony Tran Doubles Up

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em
Level 27: 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 260

Miguel Riera Suarez raises on the button and Tony Tran moved all in from the big blind for 830,000. Suarez snap-called.

Tran showed Qd9h and needed help against Suarez’s AhKc. The board ran out 7s4s2s3d9c and Tran hit a pair on the river to double up.

Tony Tran – 1,670,000 (41 bb)
Miguel Riera Suarez – 1,450,000 (36 bb)

Event 16: Aleks Dimitrov – 3rd Place ($25,851)

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em
Level 27: 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 260

Aleks Dimitrov

Miguel Riera Suarez raised on the button and Aleks Dimitrov moved all in out of the big blind for about 550,000. Suarez snap-called.

Suarez tabled Ah8s and was dominated by Dimitrov’s AsKs. The 8h was the window card and Suarez took the lead on a flop of 8h7c7s.

The turn was the Tc and the river was the Qc to send the pot to Suarez and eliminate Dimitrov in third place. Dimitrov earned $25,851 for his efforts and Suarez starts heads-up play with a big chip lead over Tony Tran.

Miguel Riera Suarez – 2,350,000 (58 bb)
Aleks Dimitrov – Eliminated

Event 16: Aleks Dimitrov Doubles Through Tony Tran

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em
Level 26: 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 260

Tony Tran moved all in from the small blind and Aleks Dimitrov called from the big blind and was all in for 340,000. Dimitrov showed Kd6h and was in the lead against Tran’s Qc9c.

The board ran out Td8d8hKh5c and Dimitrov doubled up with kings and eights.

Aleks Dimitrov – 695,000 (23 bb)
Tony Tran – 1,000,000 (33 bb)

Tony Tran Doubles Through Aleks Dimitrov

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em
Level 26: 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 260

On the river with a completed board of Ad7s6h6d7s, Tony Tran led out for 200,000 from the small blind and Aleks Dimitrov moved all in from the big blind.

Tran snap-called, all in for 560,000, and showed 8c7h, good for top full house, and won the pot against Dimitrov’s 2h2s. Tran doubled up and left Dimitrov very short.

Tony Tran – 1,250,000 (42 bb)
Aleks Dimitrov – 250,000 (8 bb)

Event 16: Miguel Riera Suarez Doubles Through Tony Tran Again

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em
Level 26: 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 260

On the turn with the board reading AhKd3cQc, Miguel Riera Suarez got all in for his last 595,000 out of the big blind against Tony Tran on the button.

Tran showed Ac5c, good for top pair and the nut flush draw, but Suarez tabled Kc3h, good for bottom two pair.

Tran could hit a lot of cards on the river, but the 9d came and Suarez doubled up with two pair.

Miguel Riera Suarez – 1,250,000 (42 bb)
Tony Tran – 730,000 (24 bb)

Event 16: Miguel Riera Suarez Doubles Through Tony Tran

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em
Level 26: 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 260

Miguel Riera Suarez gets his last 310,000 into the middle preflop on the button against Tony Tran in the small blind.

Suarez shows AsQd and has Tran’s Ah6d dominated. The board ran out KdTs7h9sAc and Suarez doubled up.

Miguel Riera Suarez – 665,000 (23 bb)
Tony Tran – 1,430,000 (47 bb)

Event 16: Aleks Dimitrov Flops Two Pair Against Miguel Riera Suarez

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em
Level 26: 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 260

Miguel Riera Suarez raised on the button and Aleks Dimitrov defended his big blind. The flop was 8c7s6h and both players check to the As turn card.

Dimitrov checked and Suarez bet 80,000. Dimitrov check-raised to 220,000 and Suarez called.

The river was the Th and both players check again. Dimitrov showed 7c6d, good for bottom two pair and wins the pot against Suarez’s Ad5c.

Aleks Dimitrov – 940,000 (31 bb)
Miguel Riera Suarez – 445,000 (15 bb)

Event 16: Chance Kornuth Eliminated in 4th Place ($15,725)

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em
Level 25: 12,000/24,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 260

Chance Kornuth

Tony Tran opened with an under-the-gun raise, and SHRP Team member Chance Kornuth three-bet shoved for about 500,000 in the small blind. Tran called to put him at risk.

Tran: AsKs
Kornuth: KdQd

Kornuth flopped an open-ended straight draw, but that’s as close as he’d get to catching up. The board ran out JdTh3c2h5c, and Tran won the pot with ace-king high to eliminate Kornuth in fourth place.

Tony Tran – 1,585,000 (66 bb)
Chance Kornuth – Eliminated in 4th place ($15,725)

Event 16: Kevin MacPhee Eliminated in 5th Place ($12,143)

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em
Level 25: 12,000/24,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 260

Kevin MacPhee

Kevin MacPhee lost most of his stack doubling up Chance Kornuth in a recent pot, and MacPhee moved all in for just about 200,000 shortly thereafter. Tony Tran called in the small blind, putting MacPhee at risk.

MacPhee: Jd7d
Tran: 8c8d

There was a jack on the flop, but the QdJs8s4sQs run-out gave Tran the pot with eights full. MacPhee was eliminated in fifth place.

Tony Tran – 1,475,000 (61 bb)
Kevin MacPhee – Eliminated in 5th place ($12,143)

Event 16: Scott Montgomery Eliminated in 6th Place ($10,063)

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em
Level 24: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 260

Scott Montgomery

Tony Tran opened the cutoff to 45,000, and Scott Montgomery three-bet shoved for 251,000 on the button. Tran called to put him at risk.

Tran: Ah7d
Montgomery: 7h8h

The board ran out 9h6s4c6d4d, and Tran’s ace kicker played to earn him the pot. Montgomery was eliminated in sixth place.

Tony Tran – 1,255,000 (63 bb)
Scott Montgomery – Eliminated in 6th place ($10,063)

Event 16: Cord Garcia Eliminated in 7th Place ($8,449)

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em
Level 24: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 260

Cord Garcia

Chance Kornuth opened to 44,000 in middle position, and Cord Garcia three-bet shoved for 144,000 on the button. Tony Tran re-shoved from the small blind, Kornuth folded, and Garcia was at risk and dominated as the cards were turned up.

Garcia: Ac2c
Tran: AdKc

The board ran out Kd5d3d6sTs, and Tran won the pot with a pair of kings to eliminate Garcia in seventh place.

Tony Tran – 765,000 (38 bb)
Cord Garcia – Eliminated in 7th place ($8,449)

Event 16: Kevin MacPhee Doubles Through Tony Tran

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em
Level 23: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 260

Kevin MacPhee moved all in for 321,000, and Tony Tran called to put him at risk. Tran had the same hand with which he won the double knockout pot a moment ago.

MacPhee: Kd9d
Tran: QsQh

The board ran out Ks8h4h2hJc, and MacPhee found a pair of kings to win the pot and double up.

Kevin MacPhee – 680,000 (43 bb)
Tony Tran – 510,000 (32 bb)

Event 16: Spencer Champlin Eliminated in 9th Place ($5,745), David Prociak Eliminated in 8th Place ($7,062)

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em
Level 23: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 260

Spencer Champlin

Spencer Champlin moved all in for 80,000 in middle position, and David Prociak re-shoved for 353,000 next to act. From the big blind, Tony Tran called both shoves, having Prociak slightly covered to put both opponents at risk.

Champlin: Ah8d
Prociak: AdQc
Tran: QsQd

The board ran out Kd6h3c2cJd, and Tran’s queens held to earn him the double knockout. Champlin had the shorter of the two stacks, so he takes ninth place while Prociak takes eighth.

Tran is now the chip leader.

David Prociak

Tony Tran – 837,000 (52 bb)
David Prociak – Eliminated in 8th place ($7,062)
Spencer Champlin – Eliminated in 9th place ($5,745)

Event 16: James Romero Eliminated in 10th Place ($4,855)

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em
Level 23: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 260

James Romero

James Romero moved all in for his last 32,000 under the gun, and action folded around to the blinds. Chance Kornuth re-shoved from the small, and Miguel Riera Suarez called all in for 253,000 in the big, putting himself at risk in the process.

Romero: Jc8d
Kornuth: 6c9c
Suarez: TsTc

The board ran out Kd9s8s2c4h, and Suarez won the pot with a pair of tens, more than doubling up. Romero was eliminated as the first casualty of the final table.

Miguel Riera Suarez – 558,000 (35 bb)
Chance Kornuth – 530,000 (33 bb)
James Romero – Eliminated in 10th place ($4,855)

Event 16: Tony Tran Doubles Through James Romero

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em
Level 22: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 260

Chance Kornuth opened to 27,000 in middle position, and James Romero three-bet shoved for 176,000 a couple seats over. Tony Tran called all in for 136,000 in the cutoff, and Kornuth folded out of the way to leave him heads-up for his tournament life.

Romero: 3c3h
Tran: TsTh

The board ran out Kc8c6s4h7c, and Tran’s tens held to earn him a double-up. Romero is now the owner of the shortest stack at the table.

Tony Tran – 337,000 (28 bb)
James Romero – 40,000 (3 bb)

Event 16: Kevin MacPhee Doubles Through Chance Kornuth

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em
Level 22: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 260

Kevin MacPhee opened to 26,000 in middle position, and Chance Kornuth three-bet to 40,000 in the cutoff. MacPhee called.

Both players checked through the 7h6d3h flop, and the turn was the Ah. MacPhee bet 58,000, and Kornuth called. The river was the Qs, and MacPhee moved all in for 127,000.

“Give me a sec, guys,” Kornuth apologized for the impending delay. “I have, like, the best hand I can have,” he continued. “But I don’t think you’re bluffing.” After a couple minutes, he called to put MacPhee at risk.

MacPhee wasn’t bluffing; he showed KhJh to win the pot and double up with the nuts. Someone at the table asked to see Kornuth’s hand since MacPhee had been all in, so the dealer revealed Kornuth’s 6s7s.

Kevin MacPhee – 488,000 (41 bb)
Chance Kornuth – 750,000 (63 bb)

Event 16: Chance Kornuth Doubles Through James Romero, Takes Lead

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em
Level 22: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 260

James Romero opened to 26,000 in early position, and Chance Kornuth three-bet to 84,000 in the big blind. Romero asked to see Kornuth’s stack, pondered for a couple minutes, then four-bet shoved. Kornuth called all in for 460,000 total, putting himself at risk.

Kornuth: KsKc
Romero: AdQc

The board ran out KsJc4s8c8s, and Kornuth won the pot with kings full to double up into the chip lead.

Chance Kornuth – 946,000 (79 bb)
James Romero – 280,000 (23 bb)