Event 17: Alexander Turyansky Claims $10K Title for $334,176

2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event #17 $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em
Entries: 118
Prize Pool: $1,132,800
August 15, 2017

Champion Alexander Turyansky

The final five-figure buy-in of the 2017 SHRPO, Event #17: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em, attracted 118 entries and it took nearly 16 hours of play for Germany’s Alexander Turyansky to emerge victorious. For his efforts, he took home a $334,176 first-place prize. The win came just a day after he finished 17th in the SHRPO Championship for $40,094.

Prior to the win, Turyansky was perhaps best known for bubbling the 2015 World Series of Poker November Nine. The $756,897 he earned for finishing tenth that year comprised the vast majority of his $975,597 in tournament winnings before his SHRPO win. He’s now a poker millionaire and then some.

“I feel pretty good, just exhausted,” Turyansky said after the win. “It’s really nice to win a tournament on home turf. I’ve live in Coconut Creek, Florida for the past four and a half years.”

It was a long and grueling day from start to finish. Among those to take a shot on Tuesday only to leave empty handed were Dan Colman, Cate Hall, Nick Schulman, Erik Seidel, Tim West, Matt Glantz, and Isaac Haxton. Many of them fired multiple bullets.

However, once Jay Kovoor fell as the bubble boy – the result of his ace-king failing to overcome David Stamm’s pocket kings – the final 15 players were in the money. Mike Dentale, Dan Smith and Taylor Paur all fell in quick succession, each taking home $25,488.

After James Calderaro, Zach Smiley, and Shannon Shorr departed, the final table of nine was set. Sam Soveral was first to go after his ace-king was cracked by Stamm’s ace-eight courtesy of an eight-high flop. He was followed out the door by Darren Elias, who got it in with ace-jack only to have his chips chopped up by Noah Schwartz and Bryn Kenney, who shared Big Slick.

It was then Schwartz’s time to go after his threes lost a race to Turyansky’s ace-nine suits, and in the very next hand Mike Simkins bowed out in sixth after picking an ill-time to three-bet jam. Not long after, Gal Yifrach fell in fifth after getting it in with pocket fives against Turyansky’s ace-ten. His ultimate demise came in the form of an ace on the turn.

The WSOP Circuit’s most-decorated player, Valentin Vornicu, was the next to go after getting his short stack all in preflop holding ace-ten only to run it smack dab into the ace-jack of Kenney. The board ran out clean and Kenney’s kicker made the difference.

Three-handed play lasted into the morning hours before David Stamm fell to Turyansky, which set up a heads-up match between him and Kenney with the former holding a healthy 10-1 chip lead. The duo jostled back and forth for a while, but eventually Turyansky closed it out.

Final Results
1st: Alexander Turyansky – $334,176
2nd: Bryn Kenney – $206,736
3rd: David Stamm – $123,475
4th: Valentin Vornicu – $79,296
5th: Gal Yifrach – $60,038
6th: Mike Simkins – $49,843
7th: Noah Schwartz- $43,046
8th: Darren Elias – $37,949
9th: Sam Soverel – $33,418
10th: Shannon Shorr – $29,453
11th: Zach Smiley – $29,453
12th: James Calderaro – $29,453
13th: Taylor Paur – $25,488
14th: Dan Smith – $25,488
15th: Mike Dentale – $25,488

Event 17: Alex Turyansky Wins ($334,176); Bryn Kenney Eliminated in 2nd place ($206,736)

$10,000 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$500,000 guaranteed | Payouts
Level 22: 8,000/16,000/2,000
Players Remaining: 2 of 118

Bryn Kenney moved all in from the small blind with ks9s and Alex Turyansky called with kd8h.

Kenney appeared primed for a double to extend heads up, until the board ran out acjh3c8d5h and Turyansky spiked the eight on the turn to eliminate Kenney in second place.

Alex Turyansky  –  Winner ($334,176)
Bryn Kenney  –  Eliminated in 2nd place ($206,736)

Event 17: Bryn Kenney Doubles

$10,000 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$500,000 guaranteed | Payouts
Level 22: 8,000/16,000/2,000
Players Remaining: 2 of 118

Bryn Kenney

Alex Turyansky moved all in from the button and Bryn Kenney called all in for 89,000 with kh9h Turyansky turned over 5d4d.

The board came qd10s10d8sac and Kenney’s king high held securing his double.

Bryn Kenney  –  180,000 (11 bb)
Alex Turyansky  –  1,590,000  (99 bb)

Event 17: David Stamm Eliminated in 3rd place ($123,475)

$10,000 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$500,000 guaranteed | Payouts
Level 21: 6,000/12,000/2,000
Players Remaining: 2 of 118

David Stamm eliminated in third place

Alex Turyansky opened to 28,000 from the button, David Stamm called from the big blind. The flop came ks10h5s Stamm checked, and Turyansky bet 30,000. Stamm three-bet to 120,000 and Turyansky called.

The turn brought the 6s Stamm moved all in and Turyansky snap called with kc6c for two pair. Stamm turned over qcjh for an open ended straight draw.

The 6d came on the river, and Turyansky filled up eliminating Stamm in third place.

Alex Turyansky  –  1,370,000
David Stamm  –  Eliminated in 3rd place ($123,475)

Event 17: Bryn Kenney Doubles Through David Stamm

$10,000 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$500,000 guaranteed | Payouts
Level 21: 6,000/12,000/2,000
Players Remaining: 3 of 118

Bryn Kenney (left) David Stamm (right)

David Stamm opened 28,000 from the button, Bryn Kenney moved all in from the big blind for 287,000 and Stamm called. Kenney turned over asjh and was in good shape agaisnt Stamm’s ad10s

The board came 6d4c3cjd9s and Kenney’s jack kicker played, securing his double.

Bryn Kenney  –  580,000  (48 bb)
David Stamm  –  320,000  (27 bb)

Event 17: Alex Turyansky takes the chip lead

$10,000 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$500,000 guaranteed | Payouts
Level 20: 5,000/10,000/1,000
Players Remaining: 3 of 118

Alex Turyansky

Alex Turyansky limped the small blind and Bryn Kenney checked his option from the big blind. The flop came jh9s3s Turyansky bet 15,000 and Kenney called.

The turn brought the 2c, Turyansky checked, Kenney bet 41,000 and Turyansky called. The 3c came on the river, Turyansky checked and Kenney bet 97,000. Turyansky moved all in for around 400,000 and Kenney folded.

Alex Turyansky  –  1,000,000  (100 bb)
Bryn Kenney  –  450,000 (45 bb)

Event 17: Alexander Turyansky Hits River to Stay Alive

$10,000 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$500,000 guaranteed | Payouts
Level 20: 5,000/10,000/1,000
Players Remaining: 3 of 118

In the first hand after coming back from the break, Alexander Turyansky moved all in from the small blind and Bryn Kenney called from the big.

Turyansky: 9h10h
Kenney: 6d6c

It was a flip, and while the 4ckhqh flop didn’t hit Turyansky directly, he did pick up a flush draw to go with his overs. The 8s turn gave him an added straight draw, but it was the 9s river that would give him a pair and the double.

Alexander Turyansky – 580,000 (58 bb)
Bryn Kenney – 630,000 (63 bb)