Michael Tureniec has won the final World Series of Poker bracelet handed out this summer after topping a field of 4,360 entrants in the $1,111 No-Limit Hold’em Little One for ONE DROP.
Michael Tureniec is the winner of the $1,111 Little One for ONE DROP. The Swede defeated the World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner, Calvin Anderson, in a tough heads-up encounter to earn his first bracelet and the third largest prize of his career.
When Tureniec won his European Poker Tour (EPT) Main Event title in 2011, he was one of the most talked about Europeans in live tournament poker, so it’s surprising that his appearance at the final table of the Little One for ONE DROP was the first of his career.
The event was unlimited re-entry with three starting flights. 4,360 entrants created a $3,924,000 kitty, raising $1,206,478 for the ONE DROP charity, and when the action was five-handed Anderson held over half of the chips in play.
Fortunately, Tureniec was able to pick up some chips when he eliminated Sam Ho in fourth place, and he would need them after Anderson removed the WSOP bracelet winner Ryan D’Angelo in third to take a 2:1 chip advantage into heads-up.
It was another stunning run for D’Angelo who was cashing for the eighth time, making his third final table and coming mightily close to winning his second bracelet.
The momentum defining hand in the heads-up encounter occurred during Hand #78. Anderson opened to 875k and Tureniec made the call. The flop was Th7c5h, and Tureniec check-called a 1,075,000 Anderson bet. Both players checked the 7h on the turn before Anderson bet 2,175,000 on the 5d river. Tureniec tanked for a full two minutes before making the call with KQo for King high, and it was good.
Tureniec would become the chip leader soon after, Anderson evened things up, and then the pair danced for the final time after Anderson moved all-in over a Tureniec raise holding KTo, and the Swede called with the inferior QJs. It didn’t remain inferior for too long after the dealer put the Jd on the flop, and no other card emerged from the deck to shift Tureniec’s hand from its winning position, and he was declared the winner.
Tureniec now needs a World Poker Tour (WPT) title to join Gavin Griffin, Roland De Wolfe, Jake Cody, Bertrand Grospellier, and Davidi Kitai in the exclusive Triple Crown club.
Players of the WSOP have now earned more than $14.7m for the ONE DROP charity since the partnership began in 2012.
Final Table Results
1. Michael Tureniec – $525,520
2. Calvin Anderson – $324,597
3. Ryan D’Angelo – $239,232
4. Sam Ho – $177,695
5. Thai Tolly – $133,028
6. Lucas Blanco – $100,380
7. Sam Alshurieki – $76,351
8. Shai Zurr – $58,543
9. Guillaume Diaz – 45,254
Other notables that run deep were Mike Sowers (31st), Will Molson (37th), and Marvin Rettenmaier (38th).