Factory worker wins $1.35 million WTP pot


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May 7, 2004
NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. A pair of twos turned out to be enough to win a 27-year-old Oshawa man $1.35 million early Monday morning in the final hand of the World Poker Tour's North American Championship.

Soren Turkewitsch, a factory worker living with his girlfriend of six years in her parents' basement won a marathon final table in the $4.8-million tournament, held at Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort.

Five Canadians and one American started playing the final table at 5 p.m. Sunday and it wasn't until Turkewitsch's opponent Jason Sagle went all-in at 12:50 a.m. Monday that the tournament finally came to an end.

Sagle, convinced his ace-five combination would hold up, put all his chips on the line, only to have a two come up on the flop that gave Turkewitsch a tournament-winning pair.

Turkewitsch ran over to his girlfriend Michelle Markov, who was in tears and gave her a hug, as if to say `life just got better.'

For all intents and purposes, Turkewitsch didn't enter the World Poker Tour thinking he would walk away with more money than some people make in a lifetime.

Why would he? He had never even played in a major poker tournament before.

"Never did I think I could win. It was just a chance to play poker," he said.

The avid recreational player came to Fallsview Casino Aug. 14 for a qualifying tournament, which cost him $90 to enter. He won that and then won
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Dormant account
Mar 18, 2006
Albuquerque, NM
awesome story!

although that's just enough money to get into trouble and since he's already living with his girlfriend, methinks his troubles have just begun :what:


Keep winning this amount.
Mar 10, 2005
Girlfriend of 6 years? Living in HER parents basement? How ghetto can you get??? lol

At least they can move out now.


Dormant account
Apr 17, 2005
Thats a pretty good story, but its things like this that turn gamblers into addicts. Just because he won tournament doesnt mean he will ever win another one again. I think tennis balls is right. :)

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