Event 17: Nelson Resendiz Redeems an Earlier Defeat By Winning a SHRPO Trophy and $57,340

2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 17
$1,100 Six-Max NLH (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guarantee
Entries:  288
Prize Pool:  $279,360
August 8, 2019

Nelson Resendiz
Event 17 Champion Nelson Resendiz

Four months ago, Nelson Resendiz of Houston, Texas suffered a bad beat when his opponent hit a three-outer against him with three players left in a trophy event during the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. Resendiz was eliminated the next hand, while his opponent — Gavin O’Rourke — went on to win the title and the trophy.

Resendiz finally got his redemption tonight by winning the $1,100 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em event to win the title, the trophy, and $57,340.

“It was a long time coming,” said Resendiz, who has been focusing more on live tournaments over the past 18 months.

This time, Resendiz could point to a hand where he hit a key three-outer. “The one hand that sticks out is when I got it all in with ace-ten against ace-king, blind vs. blind,” said Resendiz.” “I happened to hit a ten, and I took off from there.” (Click here to read about that hand that happened with five players left.)

There were 288 entries in this event, creating a total prizepool worth $279,360, nearly tripling the $100K guarantee. But it was a late night, as it was nearly 4:00 am when the final hand was dealt.

Resendiz is a big fan of the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, and even though it was a late night, he said he plans to enter the $5,250 SHRPO Championship tomorrow for Day 1A.

“I absolutely love it here,” said Resendiz. “I love the fact that they play music while we play. It makes the time go by faster.”

Final Table Results:

1st:  Nelson Resendiz  –  $57,340 + SHRPO Trophy
2nd:  Marco Townsend  –  $39,440
3rd:  Victor Figueroa  –  $27,605
4th:  Stanley Wang  –  $19,670
5th:  Jeff Madsen  –  $14,275
6th:  John Richards  –  $10,560
7th:  Evan Teitelbaum  –  $7,960

Event 17: Nelson Resendiz Wins Six-Max NLH ($57,340); Marco Townsend Finishes 2nd ($39,440)

$1,100 Six-Max NLH (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 28:  40,000/80,000 with a 80,000 ante
Players Remaining:  1 of 288

Nelson Resendiz
Nelson Resendiz

Nelson Resendiz had a 26-to-1 chip lead over Marco Townsend, and moved all in (possibly blind) on the next hand.

Townsend called all in with 10s9c, and Resendiz turned over KhJs. Townsend paired his nine on the turn to win the pot and double up in chips.

The blinds increased to 40,000-80,000 with an 80,000 big blind ante, and the next hand, Townsend folded his small blind.

Resendiz shoved the next hand, and Townsend called with 6d5h. Resendiz turned over 5d2d, and the board came low enough for Townsend’s six to play, giving him another double up.

Marco Townsend  –  380,000  (6 bb)
Nelson Resendiz  –  3,940,000  (66 bb)

The next hand, Townsend moved all in, and Resendiz called with 10s10d. Townsend turned over Qh6c, and he needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came 8d4h3h2h10c, and Resendiz won the pot — and the trophy — with a rivered set of tens.

Marco Townsend
Marco Townsend

Marco Townsend finished as the runner-up, earning $39,440.

Nelson Resendiz won Event 17 ($1,100 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em), earning $57,340, a SHRPO trophy, and a custom-framed winner’s photo courtesy of IMPDI.

Congratulations to Nelson Resendiz!

1st:  Nelson Resendiz  –  $57,340 + SHRPO Trophy
2nd:  Marco Townsend  –  $39,440
3rd:  Victor Figueroa  –  $27,605
4th:  Stanley Wang  –  $19,670
5th:  Jeff Madsen  –  $14,275
6th:  John Richards  –  $10,560
7th:  Evan Teitelbaum  –  $7,960

Event 17: Nelson Resendiz Doubles Twice to Take a 26-to-1 Lead Over Marco Townsend

$1,100 Six-Max NLH (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 27:  30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 288

Nelson Resendiz
Nelson Resendiz

Marco Townsend moved all in, and Nelson Resendiz called with Ac2c. Townsend said, “This is my favorite hand” as he turned over 8c5c. Resendiz needed his hand to hold to stay alive.

The board came Ah7h4s2hQs, and Resendiz paired his ace on the flop and his deuce on the turn to win the pot and double up in chips.

Nelson Resendiz  –  2,410,000  (40 bb)
Marco Townsend  –  1,910,000  (32 bb)

A short while later, Townsend moved all in, and Resendiz called with Ah10d. Townsend turned over Ac9d, and the two players were nearly equal in chips.

The board came Jd9h2sKdQh — Townsend paired his nine on the flop, but Resendiz caught a runner-runner ace-high straight to win the pot.

Their chip stacks were counted down, and Townsend had Resendiz covered by just 160,000 in chips.

Nelson Resendiz  –  4,160,000  (69 bb)
Marco Townsend  –  160,000  (3 bb)

Event 17: Victor Figueroa – 3rd Place ($27,605)

$1,100 Six-Max NLH (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 27:  30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 288

Victor Figueroa
Victor Figueroa

Victor Figueroa moved all in from the button for about 975,000, and Marco Townsend called from the big blind with 6s6c.

Figueroa turned over 5d5c, and he needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came Ac9d6hJs3h, and Townsend flops a set of sixes to win the pot and eliminate Figueroa in third place.

Victor Figueroa  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($27,605)

And here are the approximate chip counts for the start of heads-up play:

Marco Townsend  –  2,975,000  (50 bb)
Nelson Resendiz  –  1,375,000  (23 bb)

Event 17: Marco Townsend Gets Short, Then Doubles Up Twice to Take the Lead

$1,100 Six-Max NLH (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 27:  30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 288

Marco Townsend
Marco Townsend

Nelson Resendiz raised from the button to 125,000, Marco Townsend reraised from the small blind to 325,000, and Resendiz moved all in for about 595,000.

Townsend called with AcJs, and Resendiz turned over 8d8c. Resendiz needed his hand to hold to stay alive.

The board came Qh8s7d10s4h — Resendiz flopped a set of eights, Townsend turned a double-gutshot straight draw, and the river card was a blank. Resendiz won the pot with a set of eights to double up in chips.

Nelson Resendiz  –  1,290,000  (26 bb)
Marco Townsend  –  365,000  (7 bb)

A few minutes later, after a flop of As9d5d, Townsend moved all in from the big blind, and Victor Figueroa called from the button with Ah4h for a pair of aces.

Townsend turned over 9c3d for a pair of nines, and he needed to improve to stay alive.

The turn card was the 7d, giving Townsend additional outs to a flush draw, and the river card was — the 10d. Townsend rivered a diamond flush to win the pot and double up in chips.

Marco Townsend  –  950,000  (19 bb)
Victor Figueroa  –  815,000  (16 bb)

A short while later, Townsend had dropped down to 455,000, and he moved all in from the button. Nelson Resendiz called from the big blind with QsJs, and Townsend turned over Kd7h. Townsend needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came 10s10d5d7d2d, and Townsend won the pot with a king-high diamond flush to double up in chips.

That was the last hand of Level 26, and the players took a 10-minute break. Here are the official chip counts:

Seat 1.  Nelson Resendiz  –  1,925,000  (32 bb)
Seat 2.  Marco Townsend  –  985,000  (16 bb)
Seat 3.  Victor Figueroa  –  1,415,000  (24 bb)