Gavin Smith Wins His First Seminole Hard Rock Trophy in Big O

2019 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 6

$400 Big O (Re-Entry)
Entries: 78
Prize Pool: $26,520
November 23, 2019 

Event 6 Champion Gavin Smith
Event 6 Champion Gavin Smith

Gavin Smith recently moved from Portland, Oregon, where Omaha-8 is plentiful, down to Florida, where PLO and Omaha high are more popular. So when Smith saw the Big O tournament on the Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open schedule, he knew he had to play it. Twelve hours later, just a few minutes before midnight, he won it.

“It feels good,” said Smith after his victory. “I have a lot of friends that are winning these trophies, so it feels good to finally be among them.”

“There’s a lot of Omaha high down here,” said Smith about the Florida poker scene, “but there’s not a lot of eight-or-better. And that’s all I’ve been playing in Portland for the last ten years. I’ve never really played high-only; it’s always been eight-or-better. So I feel like I have a slight advantage over the average player down here.”

Smith learned a lot from the Omaha 8 games he played in Oregon. “The group that I play with in Portland includes several mixed-game players and a couple of bracelet winners, and we were fortunate that they taught us as well. It was very helpful.”

At this final table, Smith was wary of Gabriel Ramos, who has already won three Omaha trophies here at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood this year, plus two more in 2018. And when Ramos had the chip lead at this final table, he seemed headed for his sixth Seminole Hard Rock Omaha trophy.

“[Ramos] was so aggressive that I didn’t have to do anything,” said Smith. “He was the chipleader for a while before me, so everybody was focused on him, which was really nice. I just waited for hands, hoped they held up, and got paid on them.”

The turning point at this final table came with five players remaining. Smith and Ramos got it all in on the turn, with Ramos holding a set of threes for the high, and Smith holding an 8-4 low.

But a five on the river gave Smith a wheel to scoop the entire pot and double up into a huge chip lead, giving him more chips than the other four players combined. As for Ramos, he was knocked down below 20 big blinds and never recovered, eventually finishing fourth.

Now that he’s living in Florida, Smith is getting used to a different poker atmosphere.

“In Portland, there are a lot of local clubs, and they’re fantastic, but every casino down here has a minimum of 30 tables. The poker rooms are huge, which is great. There’s always variety.”


Final Results:

1st:  Gavin Smith  –  $8,125 + RRPO Trophy
2nd:  David Jacobs  –  $5,420
3rd:  Nisim Cohen  –  $3,610
4th:  Gabriel Ramos  –  $2,510
5th:  Scott Franck  –  $1,820
6th:  Marc Rabuse  –  $1,385
7th:  Natan Wager  –  $1,100
8th:  Edmond Tonnellier  –  $920
9th:  Barry Levy  –  $815
10th:  Charles Simon  –  $815

Event 6: Gavin Smith Defeats David Jacobs to Win the Big O Title

$400 Big O (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21:  6,000/12,000
Players Remaining:  1 of 78

Gavin Smith
Gavin Smith

After getting quartered on a previous hand, David Jacobs got it all in for 19K.

Gavin Smith:  Ac10c7s6d5d
David Jacobs:  Ks10s9d6s4s

The board came Jh3s2d7dJd — Jacobs flopped two different gutshot straight draws and turned a 7-6 low, but it wasn’t good enough. Smith won the high with two pair, jacks and sevens, and he won the low with a 7-5 to eliminate Jacobs in second place and win the Big O title and trophy.

1st:  Gavin Smith  –  $8,125 + RRPO Trophy
2nd:  David Jacobs  –  $5,420
3rd:  Nisim Cohen  –  $3,610
4th:  Gabriel Ramos  –  $2,510
5th:  Scott Franck  –  $1,820
6th:  Marc Rabuse  –  $1,385
7th:  Natan Wager  –  $1,100
8th:  Edmond Tonnellier  –  $920
9th:  Barry Levy  –  $815
10th:  Charles Simon  –  $815

David Jacobs
David Jacobs

Event 6: Nisim Cohen – 3rd Place ($3,610)

$400 Big O (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 20:  5,000/10,000
Players Remaining:  2 of 78

Nisim Cohen
Nisim Cohen

Gavin Smith raised from the button to 25,000, Nisim Cohen moved all in from the big blind for 40,000, and Smith called.

Gavin Smith:  Js6d6c3d2s
Nisim Cohen:  KhQcJh7c5s

The board came AsJd5h6hAd, and Smith scooped the pot with a full house, sixes full of aces, and a 6-5 low to eliminate Cohen in third place.

Nisim Cohen  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($3,610)

Heads-up play gets underway with the following approximate chip counts:

Gavin Smith  –  750,000  (75 bb)
David Jacobs  –  190,000  (19 bb)

Event 6: Gabriel Ramos – 4th Place ($2,510)

$400 Big O (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 20:  5,000/10,000
Players Remaining:  3 of 78

Gabriel Ramos
Gabriel Ramos

With four players remaining, there is a three-way all-in situation after a flop of Jd5c2c. Nisim Cohen was all in with the shortest stack, followed by Gabriel Ramos with a larger stack, and chipleader Gavin Smith had them both covered.

Gavin Smith:  AsKcQhJc4h  (pair of jacks, club flush draw, gutshot straight draw)
Gabriel Ramos:  AdKdQdJh2d  (two pair, jacks and deuces)
Nisim Cohen:  AcQc9s5s4s  (pair of fives, 5-4 low draw)

The turn card paired the board with the 5h, and the river card was the 7c. Cohen turned trip fives and rivered the only qualifying low (7-5), while Smith rivered a king-high flush for the high.

Smith and Cohen split the main pot, while Smith won the side pot to eliminate Ramos in fourth place.

Gavin Smith  –  640,000  (64 bb)
Nisim Cohen  –  100,000  (10 bb)
Gabriel Ramos  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($2,510)

Event 6: Scott Franck – 5th Place ($1,820)

$400 Big O (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 19:  4,000/8,000
Players Remaining:  4 of 78

Scott Franck
Scott Franck

The final five players return from break to begin Level 19, and these were their updated chip counts:

Seat 1.  Nisim Cohen  –  135,000  (17 bb)
Seat 2.  Gavin Smith  –  500,000  (63 bb)
Seat 3.  David Jacobs  –  124,000  (16 bb)
Seat 4.  Gabriel Ramos  –  127,000  (16 bb)
Seat 5.  Scott Franck  –  46,000  (6 bb)

A few minutes later, Scott Franck got it all in from the button for about 60,000 against Gabriel Ramos in the cutoff.

Gabriel Ramos:  QsQc8c7d6c
Scott Franck:  AcQd6d5d3c

The board came Jc9c8sQh9h, and with no qualifying lows, Ramos won the entire pot with a full house, queens full of nines, to eliminate Franck in fifth place.

Gabriel Ramos  –  178,000  (22 bb)
Scott Franck  –  Eliminated in 5th Place  ($1,820)

After his elimination, Franck wanted to point out that not only was this the first time he had ever played Big O, but it was the first time he ever played Omaha hi-lo.