A Final Table Ten Years in the Making

Feb 23, 2016


Regardless of his result today, Soren Turkewitsh’s name’s already synonoumous with poker at Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls. Ten years ago, the World Poker Tour expanded across its Northern border, and hosted the first ever WPT North American Poker Championship at this very casino.

The event back then had a $10,000 buy in and its players were some of the best in the world, at the height of the poker boom. Among the players that made the money back then: Champions Club members Vivek Rajkumar and Nam Le, and WPT runner-ups Eugene Todd, Farzad Bonyadi and John Juanda.

Turkewitsch was deemed one of the biggest one-hit wonders, as the auto plant worker from Newtonville, Ontario parlayed a $90 satellite into a $1.3 million and didn’t cash a single tournament in the four years that followed.

“I play a little poker sometimes,” Turkewitsch said when we saw him in the hallway this morning.

Clearly, poker is a hobby for Turkewitsch, and today he can do the unthinkable. Turkewitsch has made his way to the final table of the same event he won 10 years ago, with a chance to become the first ever two-time winner of the same event.

The road at this final table will be a tough one, as he’s one of the short stacks with eight players still left in the tournament.

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