Sam Panzica Wins the Turbo NLH Event in Six Hours for His First SHRPO Title

2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 14
$1,100 Eight-Handed Turbo NLH (Freeze-Out)
Entries:  94
Prize Pool:  $94,000
August 6, 2019

Event 14 Champion Sam Panzica
Event 14 Champion Sam Panzica

In a 94-player turbo no-limit hold’em event that lasted a few minutes longer than six hours, Sam Panzica won in a heads-up ICM chop with Mohammed Tarkmani to add his first Seminole Hard Rock trophy to his already impressive resume.

While this is first SHRPO title, Panzica has more than $4.35 million in career live tournament earnings, including two WPT titles.

Panzica was at the top of the leaderboard for most of the final table, but the key moment came when there were four players left, and Jake Schwartz shoved the small blind with 10s10c, only to run into Panzica’s JdJc in the big blind. The best hand held up for Panzica to double up into a huge chip lead, and Schwartz was knocked down to just six big blinds. Schwartz would be eliminated a short while later in fourth place.

Carlos Guerrero was eliminated in third place a short while later by Mohammed Tarkmani, and that still left Panzica with a nearly 2-to-1 chip lead. Tarkmani and Panzica quickly agreed to chop the remaining prizepool according to ICM, and as chipleader, Panzica was declared the champion.

Panzica was in a great mood for the entire final table, and was clearly enjoying the turbo format with 15-minute levels. Panzica said, “You can’t beat it, you know?”

Final Results:

1st:  Sam Panzica  –  $23,962
2nd:  Mohammed Tarkmani  –  $21,038
3rd:  Carlos Guerrero  –  $12,200
4th:  Jake Schwartz  –  $8,580
5th:  Xavier Sitruk  –  $6,270
6th:  Donaldson Brown  –  $4,765
7th:  Stoyan Obreshkov  –  $3,775
8th:  Raj Vohra  –  $3,120
9th:  Chris Hunichen  –  $2,700
10th:  Tomas Geleziunas  –  $2,700
11th:  James Rann  –  $2,445
12th:  Manny Tarich  –  $2,445

Event 14: Sam Panzica Wins the Turbo NLH ($23,962); Mohammed Tarkmani Finishes 2nd ($21,038)

$1,100 Eight-Handed Turbo NLH (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21:  10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 ante
Players Remaining:  1 of 94

Sam Panzica
Sam Panzica

After the elimination of Carlos Guerrero in third place, the final two players agree to an ICM chop based on their official chip counts:

Sam Panzica  –  1,245,000  (83 bb)
Mohammed Tarkmani  –  635,000  (42 bb)

As chipleader, Panzica is declared the winner and will receive the SHRPO trophy, along with a custom-framed winner’s photo courtesy of IMPDI.

Here are the official payouts:

1st:  Sam Panzica  –  $23,962
2nd:  Mohammed Tarkmani  –  $21,038
3rd:  Carlos Guerrero  –  $12,200
4th:  Jake Schwartz  –  $8,580
5th:  Xavier Sitruk  –  $6,270
6th:  Donaldson Brown  –  $4,765
7th:  Stoyan Obreshkov  –  $3,775
8th:  Raj Vohra  –  $3,120
9th:  Chris Hunichen  –  $2,700
10th:  Tomas Geleziunas  –  $2,700
11th:  James Rann  –  $2,445
12th:  Manny Tarich  –  $2,445

Mohammed Tarkmani
Mohammed Tarkmani

Event 14: Carlos Guerrero – 3rd Place ($12,200)

$1,100 Eight-Handed Turbo NLH (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21:  10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 94

Carlos Guerrero
Carlos Guerrero

Level 20 comes to an end, and the players take a 10-minute break. Here are the official chip counts:

Seat 1.  Mohammed Tarkmani  –  350,000  (18 bb)
Seat 2.  Sam Panzica  –  1,245,000  (62 bb)
Seat 3.  Carlos Guerrero  –  285,000  (14 bb)

When action resumed, Carlos Guerrero got it all in from the small blind for 295,000 with Qh3d, and he needed to improve to stay alive against the Kh10d of Mohammed Tarkmani (with 320,000) in the big blind.

The board came 9c6c6d2c7s, and Tarkmani won the pot with his king to eliminate Guerrero in third place.

Carlos Guerrero  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($12,200)

The official chip counts for the start of heads-up play:

Sam Panzica  –  1,245,000  (62 bb)
Mohammed Tarkmani  –  635,000  (32 bb)

Event 14: Jake Schwartz – 4th Place ($8,580)

$1,100 Eight-Handed Turbo NLH (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 20:  5,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 94

Jake Schwartz
Jake Schwartz

Jake Schwartz moved all in from the small blind for 490,000, and Sam Panzica called all in from the big blind for 407,000 with JdJc. Schwartz turned over 10s10c, and Panzica needed his pocket jacks to hold to stay alive.

The board came 9s8h3c8s2c, and the pocket jacks held up for Panzica to win the pot and double up in chips, knocking Schwartz down to about six big blinds.

Sam Panzica  –  829,000  (55 bb)
Jake Schwartz  –  83,000  (6 bb)

The next hand, Schwartz moved all in from the button for 83,000, and Carlos Guerrero called from the big blind with 8c7c. Schwartz turned over Ad9d, and needed his hand to hold to stay alive.

The board came Kc5s5h10sJd, and Schwartz won the pot with his ace to double up in chips.

Jake Schwartz  –  186,000  (12 bb)
Carlos Guerrero  –  425,000  (28 bb)

A little while later, Schwartz moved all in from the small blind for 256,000, and Sam Panzica asked for an exact count and thought for a while before he called from the big blind with Ah8d. Schwartz turned over 2h2d, and needed his deuces to hold to stay alive.

The board came AsJh4d6d3c, and Panzica paired his ace on the flop to win the pot and eliminate Schwartz in fourth place.

Sam Panzica  –  1,200,000  (80 bb)
Jake Schwartz  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($8,580)

Event 14: Xavier Sitruk – 5th Place ($6,270)

$1,100 Eight-Handed Turbo NLH (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 20:  5,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 94

Xavier Sitruk
Xavier Sitruk

Mohammed Tarkmani got it all in from the button for 127,000 with AsAd, and he needed it to hold against the Ac10c of Sam Panzica in the big blind.

The board came Kc10h5s4s5h, and the pocket aces held up for Tarkmani to win the pot and double up in chips.

Mohammed Tarkmani  –  266,000  (33 bb)
Sam Panzica  –  416,000  (52 bb)

After the blinds increased to 5,000-10,000, Xavier Sitruk raised under the gun to 23,000, Mohammed Tarkmani moved all in from the cutoff for 246,000, and Sitruk called with AsQc. Tarkmani turned over KhKd, and needed his pocket kings to hold to stay alive.

The board came 8d6s4d3h10d, and the pocket kings held up for Tarkmani to win the pot and double up in chips, knocking Sitruk down to about three big blinds.

Mohammed Tarkmani  –  517,000  (52 bb)
Xavier Sitruk  –  33,000  (3 bb)

Sitruk was able to double up thru Jake Schwartz twice over the next three hands before getting it all in on the river against Schwartz, and Schwartz won that pot to eliminate Sitruk in fifth place.

Jake Schwartz  –  520,000  (35 bb)
Xavier Sitruk  –  Eliminated in 5th Place  ($6,270)