Swedish Pro Michael Tureniec Outlasts a Field of 826 for the 12th Six-Figure Score of His Career

2019 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 9
$600 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guarantee
Entries:  826
Prize Pool:  $437,780
November 25-27, 2019

Event 9 Champion Michael Tureniec
Event 9 Champion Michael Tureniec

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 Qs5d3h5cJd. 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

Event 9: Michael Tureniec Wins After Shoving All In on the River

$600 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 31:  75,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante
Players Remaining:  1 of 826

Both players put in 350,000 to see a flop of Qs5d3h. Michael Tureniec bet 250,000, Hiroaki Harada raised to 800,000, and Tureniec called.

The turn card was the 5c, Tureniec checked, Harada bet 1,400,000, and Tureniec thought for a while before he called.

The river card was the Jd, and Tureniec moved all in for about 7.7 million, covering Harada’s approximately 3.6 million.

Harada tanked for a very, very long time before he called, and Tureniec turned over KsQd for two pair, queens and fives. Harada mucked his cards, but since it was an all-in situation, the dealer flipped them over to show Jh2h for a lower two pair, jacks and fives.

Michael Tureniec won Event 9 outright, earning $100,700 and his third Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood trophy. Hiroaki Harada earned $58,663 for finishing as the runner-up.

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

Stay tuned for a recap, which will be posted later tonight.

Event 9: Michael Tureniec Four-Bet Shoves and Increases His Lead

$600 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 31:  75,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 826

Hiroaki Harada limped for 150,000, Michael Tureniec raised to 350,000, and Harada limp-raised to 1,150,000.

Tureniec thought for a while before he moved all in with the larger stack, and Harada tanked for a very long time before he folded. Tureniec took the pot to increase his lead.

Michael Tureniec  –  10,400,000  (69 bb)
Hiroaki Harada  –  6,100,000  (41 bb)

Here are the remaining payouts:

1st:  $100,700 + RRPO Trophy
2nd:  $58,663

Event 9: Michael Tureniec Retakes the Lead Over Hiroaki Harada

$600 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 31:  75,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 826

Michael Tureniec
Michael Tureniec

In the last hand of Level 30, with blinds at 75K-125K, Hiroaki Harada raised to 300,000, and Michael Tureniec called.

Both players checked to the turn on a board of 9d8d6sQc, Tureniec checked, Harada bet 700,000, and Tureniec called.

The river card paired the board with the 8h, and both players checked. Tureniec showed Qd7c to win the pot with two pair, queens and eights, and Harada mucked.

Michael Tureniec  –  9,300,000  (62 bb)
Hiroaki Harada  –  7,100,000  (47 bb)

Level 30 came to an end, and Level 31 began with increased blinds of 75,000-150,000 and a 150,000 ante. (The big blinds in their stacks were calculated at the new level.)

Here are the remaining payouts:

1st:  $100,700 + RRPO Trophy
2nd:  $58,663

Event 9: Hiroaki Harada Wins a Big Pot with Two Pair to Take the Lead Over Michael Tureniec

$600 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30:  75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 826

After a flop of AcQd9c, Michael Tureniec checked, Hiroaki Harada bet 300,000, and Tureniec called.

The turn card was the 5c, Tureniec checked, Harada bet 1,100,000, and Tureniec called.

The river card was the 7h, Tureniec checked, Harada bet 1,900,000, and Tureniec tanked for a long time before he called.

Harada showed 9h5h to win the pot with two pair, nines and fives, and Tureniec mucked.

Hiroaki Harada  –  11,350,000  (91 bb)
Michael Tureniec  –  5,175,000  (41 bb)

A few minutes later, they four-bet it all in preflop, but both turned over AxQx offsuit. Neither player made a flush, and it was a chopped pot.

Here are the remaining payouts at stake:

1st:  $100,700 + RRPO Trophy
2nd:  $58,663