AJ Gambino Wins Big Slick for $39K and $5K SHRPO Seat

2017 April Big Slick
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Hollywood, FL
$1,100 No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 148
Prize Pool: $143,560
April 28-30, 2017

Plantation pros nabs first major victory, punches his ticket into August’s Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship.

(Hollywood, FL) — AJ Gambino won the April Big Slick at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sunday night scoring $39,632 along with a $5,250 seat in August’s Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship. The $1,100 buy-in event featured two starting flights each allowing a single re-entry. In all, the tournament drew a field of 148 entries amassing a total prize pool of $143,560. Gambino beat out a tough Day 2 field that included Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, Seminole Hard Rock regulars Paul Balzano and Michael Newman and chip leader Kevin Chan.

Gambino is a 28-year-old professional poker player who resides in Plantation. He moved to the States about a year ago after spending some time in Canada making his living playing online. The Big Slick victory marks his first major win, but simply complements a tournament resume that now boasts over $450,000 in earnings including a $119,000 score in a $1,600 buy-in event in Las Vegas this summer.

Joining Gambino as Big Slick cashers were Chan (third, $14,787), Newman (4th, $8,977), Chad Eveslage (13th, $2,943) and David Shmuel (19th, $2,153). Mizrachi, who was coming off a win in last week’s $130 Big Stack Special, headlined the action before bowing just shy of the final table in 10th.

Proving to be his toughest opponent, South Florida standout TK Miles dueled Gambino heads up. Miles began play with an advantage of roughly two-to-one over the eventual champ, but the duo played a significant pot early on that marked the beginning of the end for Miles.

At the 10,000/20,000 level and on a flop of ts9d4d, Gambino checked and Miles bet 50,000. Gambino raised to 150,000 only to see Miles three-bet to 375,000. Gambino flatted putting a huge chunk of his stack at risk. The turn was the 6s and Gambino checked. Miles shoved and Gambino snapped turning over 8s7c for a straight. Miles owned th9h for two pair. The river was a blank and Gambino raked a huge pot. Miles busted second a few hands later earning $25,123.

Gambino’s $5,250 SHRPO seat was added to the prize pool courtesy of the Seminole Hard Rock. The event features two starting flights beginning August 11 and 12 and permits a total of two one re-entry. More details on the tournament will be released in the coming days.

Full Big Slick results:

1st: AJ Gambino – $39,632 + $5,250 SHRPO Seat
2nd: TK Miles – $25,123
3rd: Kevin Chan – $14,787
4th: Michael Newman – $8,977
5th: Eric Beller – $6,963
6th: Oleksiy Lyashenko – $5,750
7th: Bryan Rosen – $5,025
8th: Ran Shahar – $4,486
9th: John Valevich – $3,964
10th: Michael Mizrachi – $3,445
11th: Michael Tait – $3,445
12th: Joel Lumpkins – $3,445
13th: Chad Eveslage – $2,943
14th: Dolphus Powers – $2,943
15th: Frank Silverstein – $2,943
16th: Ronald Spooner – $2,512
17th: Jake Schwartz – $2,512
18th: Andrew Thompson – $2,512
19th: David Shmuel – $2,153

Next up for the Seminole Hard Rock is the May Big Stack Special running the 4th-7th.

AJ Gambino Wins Big Slick ($39,632); TK Miles Eliminated 2nd ($25,123)

$1,100 Big Slick
$100,000 Guaranteed, $5,250 Seat Added

Level 22: 10,000/20,000/3,000
Players Remaining: 1/148

AJ Gambino (right) poses with Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood tournament director Tony Burns

On the final hand of the tournament, TK Miles shoved roughly 600,000 from the button.

“Show me two fours one time,” Gambino said as he called and turned over 5s5d.

Miles couldn’t come up with two fours, but Gambino was in good shape against the ah2s.

Runout: 6h6d3cjc8s

Gambino’s fives held and he won the Big Slick good for $39,632 along with a $5,250 seat in this August’s Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship. Miles, meanwhile, earned $25,123 for the runner-up finish.

AJ Gambino
TK Miles

A more in depth report will be posted Monday. Until then, here’s a look at the tournament’s final results:

1st: AJ Gambino – $39,632 + $5,250 SHRPO Seat
2nd: TK Miles – $25,123
3rd: Kevin Chan – $14,787
4th: Michael Newman – $8,977
5th: Eric Beller – $6,963
6th: Oleksiy Lyashenko – $5,750
7th: Bryan Rosen – $5,025
8th: Ran Shahar – $4,486
9th: John Valevich – $3,964
10th: Michael Mizrachi – $3,445
11th: Michael Tait – $3,445
12th: Joel Lumpkins – $3,445
13th: Chad Eveslage – $2,943
14th: Dolphus Powers – $2,943
15th: Frank Silverstein – $2,943
16th: Ronald Spooner – $2,512
17th: Jake Schwartz – $2,512
18th: Andrew Thompson – $2,512
19th: David Shmuel – $2,153

Big Slick: AJ Gambino Takes Chip Lead Following Massive Double Up

$1,100 Big Slick
$100,000 Guaranteed, $5,250 Seat Added

Level 22: 10,000/20,000/3,000
Players Remaining: 2/148

The flop was ts9d4d and AJ Gambino checked. TK Miles bet 50,000 from the button before Gambino raised to 150,000. It was back on Miles and he three-bet to 375,000. Gambino flatted.

The turn came the 6s. Gambino checked. Miles shoved and Gambino snapped.

Gambino: 8s7c for a straight
Miles: th9h for top two

River: ks

Gambino’s straight held. Tournament Director Tony Burns counted down the all-in bet to 862,000 and Miles shipped a massive pot the way of his heads-up adversary.

AJ Gambino – 2,595,000 (129 bb)
TK Miles – 365,000 (18 bb)

Big Slick: Kevin Chan Eliminated 3rd ($14,787)

$1,100 Big Slick
$100,000 Guaranteed, $5,250 Seat Added

Level 21: 8,000/16,000/2,000
Players Remaining: 2/148

Kevin Chan

Kevin Chan got about 10 big blinds in preflop and was at risk against TK Miles.

Chan: ac5h
Miles: khqd

Chan faded a th9s4h flop, but the qc turn improved Miles. The river fell the 9d officially sealing Chan’s fate. He busted third earning $14,787 while Miles took the chip lead into heads-up play against AJ Gambino.

TK Miles – 1,935,000 (120 bb)
AJ Gambino – 1,025,000 (64 bb)
Kevin Chan – Eliminated 3rd ($14,787)

Big Slick: Michael Newman Eliminated 4th ($8,977)

$1,100 Big Slick
$100,000 Guaranteed, $5,250 Seat Added

Level 21: 8,000/16,000/2,000
Players Remaining: 3/148

Michael Newman

AJ Gambino was under the gun and opened to 35,000. It was on TK Miles in the small blind and he three-bet to 118,000 sending the action to Michael Newman in the big blind. Newman four-bet jammed 442,000. It was back to Gambino who started it all. He flatted Newman’s shove and Miles had a decision on his hands.

Gambino claimed a little over 500,000 behind. Miles took a couple minutes to think, then shoved. Gambino flashed axkx and folded leaving Miles and Newman to fight it out for the huge pot.

Miles: qdqh
Newman: asjs

Runout: 9d7d5stc7c

Miles’ queens held and he scooped a massive pot while Newman was eliminated in fourth place.

TK Miles – 2,050,000 (128 bb)
Michael Newman – Eliminated 4th ($8,977)

Big Slick: TK Miles Leads on Dinner Break

$1,100 Big Slick
$100,000 Guaranteed, $5,250 Seat Added

Heading to Level 21: 8,000/16,000/2,000
Players Remaining: 4/148

The stack of chip leader TK Miles

Level 21 has expired and players are on a 30-minute dinner break. Cards go back in the air at roughly 8:25pm ET.

Here’s where the event stands:

TK Miles – 1,154,000 (72 bb)
AJ Gambino – 675,000 (42 bb)
Michael Newman – 591,000 (36 bb)
Kevin Chan – 541,000 (33 bb)

1st – $39,632 + $5,250 SHRPO Seat
2nd – $25,123
3rd – $14,787
4th – $8,977

5th: Eric Beller – $6,963
6th: Oleksiy Lyashenko – $5,750
7th: Bryan Rosen – $5,025
8th: Ran Shahar – $4,486
9th: John Valevich – $3,964
10th: Michael Mizrachi – $3,445
11th: Michael Tait – $3,445
12th: Joel Lumpkins – $3,445
13th: Chad Eveslage – $2,943
14th: Dolphus Powers – $2,943
15th: Frank Silverstein – $2,943
16th: Ronald Spooner – $2,512
17th: Jake Schwartz – $2,512
18th: Andrew Thompson – $2,512
19th: David Shmuel – $2,153

Big Slick: Eric Beller Eliminated 5th ($6,963)

$1,100 Big Slick
$100,000 Guaranteed, $5,250 Seat Added

Level 20: 6,000/12,000/2,000
Players Remaining: 4/148

Eric Beller

AJ Gambino raised to 26,000 and Eric Beller called from the big blind. The flop was 7h6h5h and Beller, who was the short stack, shoved. Gambino called and had a shot at busting Beller.

Beller: jx7x for top pair
Gambino: 8d5c for bottom pair and an open-ended straight draw

Turn and River: 8c2s

Gambino improved to two pair and won the pot while Beller was eliminated in fifth place for $6,963.

AJ Gambino – 580,000 (48 bb)
Eric Beller – Eliminated 5th ($6,963)

Big Slick: TK Miles Takes Chip Lead with Pocket Aces

$1,100 Big Slick
$100,000 Guaranteed, $5,250 Seat Added

Level 20: 6,000/12,000/2,000
Players Remaining: 5/148

Michael Newman started it from under the gun by raising to 27,000. It folded to TK Miles in the small blind and he three-bet to 76,000. Newman called and the pair saw a flop of tstcth. They both checked.

The turn was the 5c and Miles lead for 105,000. Newman called.

The river was the 9d and Miles lead for 175,000. Newman called.

Miles: asad
Newman: 8s8d

Both players had a boat, but Miles’ was best. He took the pot and the chip lead.

TK Miles – 905,000 (75 bb)
Michael Newman – 315,000 (26 bb)

Big Slick: Oleksiy Lyashenko Eliminated 6th ($5,750)

$1,100 Big Slick
$100,000 Guaranteed, $5,250 Seat Added

Level 19: 5,000/10,000/1,000
Players Remaining: 5/148

Oleksiy Lyashenko

A shortstacked Oleksiy Lyashenko was in middle position and got the last of his chips at risk preflop holding 4c4d against the asts of Michael Newman in the small blind.

Runout: th6s7cahjd

Newman improved to aces up and busted Lyashenko sixth.

Michael Newman – 624,000 (62 bb)
Oleksiy Lyashenko – Eliminated 6th ($5,750)