Event 11: Gilbert Silva Wins $350 No Limit Hold’em in Six-Way Chop ($15,167)

2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
Event #11
$350 No Limit Hold’em
Total Entries: 317
Prizepool: $95,100
April 10, 2016

Gilbert Silva Wins $350 No Limit Hold'em
Gilbert Silva Wins $350 No Limit Hold’em

After nearly 16 hours of No Limit Hold’em, the $350 No Limit Hold’em, ended in a six-way deal, with Gilbert Silva taking credit for the win and earning $15,167 along with the trophy. He topped a field of 317 players to earn the title.

“It feels great,” said Silva. “It’s been a long time coming. Just hopefully we win some more.

At the outset of the final table, Silva was near the top of the chip counts. He continued to chip up and never really seemed short on chips as the final table continued along.

As the clock neared 4 a.m., there were still six players remaining and the talks of a deal surfaced and by that point, Silva had overtaken the chip lead. The negotiations last almost 15 minutes and Silva wouldn’t accept a deal unless he received at least $15,000.

Eventually, a deal was reached and Silva was declared the winner.

Silva, a 36-year old security manager at the Miami International Airport, takes poker as a serious hobby. He plays all around the South Florida area, putting in around 15 hours a week on the felt, mostly tournaments.

Even though he is an amateur by definition, he has his sights on playing with the best in the world.

“I’ve had a few chops here and there,” said Silva after his win. “I obviously just want to try and take it to the next level and play some bigger tournaments.”

Silva earns the biggest score of his career and will have some extra cash in his bankroll to play bigger events if he wants, but for now, he is trying to get some sleep before getting back to his airport grind.

I’m just so tired right now,” said Silva. “I need to be at work in the morning.”

Here is a look at the results:

1st: Gilbert Silva – $15,167
2nd: Jay Romano – $12,000
3rd: Justin Custer – $11,500
4th: Timothy Bullard – $9,500
5th: Rodney Rodrigue – $9,000
6th: Thomas Clements Jr. – $9,000
7th: Carlo Rodriguez – $3,709
8th: David Poces – $2,805
9th: John Depersio – $1,902
10th: Timothy Harrell – $1,236
11th: Benoit Barral – $1,236
12th: Leonard Clavel – $1,236
13th: David Reeder – $1,022
14th: Robert Williams – $1,022
15th: Yigal Hen – $1,022
16th: Mark Bernstein – $813
17th: James Woodruff – $813
18th: Daniel Gonzalo – $813
19th: Jose Del Cid Contreras – $666
20th: Yakima Palmero – $666
21st: Travis Jackson – $666
22nd: Walter Bravo – $666
23rd: Jose Tronilo – $666
24th: Daniel Li – $666
25th: Michael Ferrer – $666
26th: Jorge Gomez – $666
27th: Juan Mubarak Peralta – $666
28th: Elliott Merlin – $590
29th: Alex Ortiz – $590
30th: Luiz Stadler – $590
31st: Matthew Silva – $590
32nd: Scott Sommer -$590
33rd: David Melman – $590
34th: Patrick Heneghan – $590
35th: Edgar Varas – $590
36th: Karthik Ramakrishnan – $590

Event 11 Final Results

Event 11: Carlo Rodriguez – 7th Place ($3,709)

$350 No Limit Hold’em
Level 26: 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 317

Carlo Rodriguez
Carlo Rodriguez

Carlo Rodriguez moved all in for about 400,000 under the gun, and Gilbert Silva re-shoved from the small blind. Rodriguez was at risk, and he was in a bad spot.

Rodriguez: QsQd
Silva: KhKd

The board ran out clean, coming 8c5c4c7h2s. Silva won the pot with a pair of kings, and Rodriguez was eliminated in seventh place.

Gilbert Silva – 1,150,000 (38 bb)
Carlo Rodriguez – Eliminated

Event 11: David Poces – 8th Place ($2,805)

$350 No Limit Hold’em
Level 25: 12,000/24,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 317

David Poces
David Poces

David Poces moved all in for 137,000 in middle position, and Rod Rodriguez called to put him at risk.

Poces: JdTc
Rodriguez: AsKc

The board ran out 9h7c6hQd2c, and Rodriguez’s ace-high was good enough to win the pot. Poces was eliminated in eighth place.

Rod Rodriguez – 570,000 (24 bb)
David Poces – Eliminated

Event 11: John Depersio – 9th Place ($1,902)

$350 No Limit Hold’em
Level 25: 12,000/24,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 317

John Defersio
John Depersio

Justin Custer moved all in from the button, and John Depersio called all in for about 150,000 in the big blind, putting himself at risk.

Custer: 6c6h
Depersio: KcQc

The board ran out Jc6d3h2h8d, and Custer won the pot with a set of sixes. Depersio was eliminated in ninth place.

Justin Custer – 665,000 (28 bb)
John Depersio – Eliminated

Event 11: Timothy Harrell – 10th Place ($1,236)

$350 No Limit Hold’em
Level 25: 12,000/24,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 317

Timothy Harrell
Timothy Harrell

Justin Custer limped under the gun, Jay Romano called in the small blind, and Timothy Harrell moved all in for 121,000 in the big blind. Custer called, Romano folded, and Harrell was at risk.

Custer: AdAc
Harrell: Qh9d

The board ran out QsJc8h3c3h. Custer won the pot with aces up, eliminating Harrell in tenth place.

Justin Custer – 540,000 (23 bb)
Timothy Harrell – Eliminated

Event 11: Johne Defersio Doubles Through Carlo Rodriguez

$350 No Limit Hold’em
Level 24: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 317
Average Stack: 380,400

Johne Defersio moved all in from the cutoff for about 80,000 and Carlo Rodriguez moved all in for about 240,000 out of the small blind. Everybody else got out of the way and the cards were tabled.

Defersio showed AdQd and was flipping with Rodriguez’s 7h7d. The board ran out 4h4d3d8s5d and Defersio rivered the nut flush to double up.

Johne Defersio – 165,000
Carlo Rodriguez – 135,000

Event 11: Tom Clements Leads Final 10

$350 No Limit Hold’em
Level 24: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 317
Average Stack: 380,400

There is a slight pause in the action as the players are re-drawing for seats at the unofficial final table of 10. Tom Clements is the chip leader at the outset of the final table with 624,000 in chips.

Everybody is guaranteed $1,236, but they are all within arm’s reach of the $25,673 first place prize.

Here is a look at the seating arrangement and chip counts:

Seat 1: Gilbert Silva – 460,000
Seat 2: John Defersio – 115,000
Seat 3: Tim Bullard – 255,000
Seat 4: Carlo Rodriguez – 242,000
Seat 5: Tom Clements – 624,000
Seat 6: David Poces – 274,000
Seat 7: Jay Romano – 425,000
Seat 8: Timothy Harrell – 315,000
Seat 9: Rod Rodriguez – 550,000
Seat 10: Justin Custer – 365,000

Here is a look at the remaining payouts:

1st: $25,673
2nd: $14,265
3rd: $8,873
4th: $7,133
5th: $5,611
6th: $4,612
7th: $3,709
8th: $2,805
9th: $1,902
10th: $1,236

Event 11: Prize Pool and Payout Information

$350 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)

Event 11 drew 317 entrants out to the ballroom on a Sunday afternoon and it blasted over the $50,000 Guarantee. They combined to create $95,100 prize pool and the last 36 players are set to earn some of that money.

A min-cash will take home $590 but the big money is up top when the winner cashes out for $25,673 and the shiny trophy.

1st: $25,673
2nd: $14,625
3rd: $8,873
4th: $7,133
5th: $5,611
6th: $4,612
7th: $3,709
8th: $2,805
9th: $1,902
10th – 12th: $1,236
13th – 15th: $1,022
16th – 18th: $813
19th – 27th: $666
28th – 36th: $590

Event 11: Closing Out the Weekend

$350 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 1: 25/50

Sunday afternoon is a good time for a nice one-day tournament in the ballroom. Event 11 is a $350 buy-in tournament with a $30,000 guaranteed prize pool which will all be paid out before the night is through.

One last chance for players to earn some money this weekend if they missed out on bagging in the huge Event 9 field.

Each entrant sits down to 12,000 starting stacks and the tournament will play 30-minute levels throughout the day. Late registration is open until the start of Level 9 at 4:30pm but players have only single re-entry available if they bust their stack.

We should see a nice crowd of weekend grinders trying to win a Seminole Hard Rock Poker trophy later this evening.

  • $50,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 12,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/single re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 11 Structure Sheet