Event 11: Gabriel Ramos Claims 4th SHRP Trophy After Heads-Up Deal

2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 11
$360 Pot Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
Entries: 65

Prize Pool: $19,500
April 9, 2019

Gabriel Ramos Wins His 4th SHRP Trophy

Event 11 of the 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown was a $360 Pot Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry). A field of 65 entries generated a prize pool of $19,500.

It took until his third final table of the series, but Gabriel Ramos captured his fourth SHRP trophy after a heads-up deal was reached.

“I sort of squandered the other two final tables, so I wanted to stay ultra-disciplined in this one,” Ramos said afterward. “I had a really tough beat five-handed where I had Buddy (Frezza) in pretty bad shape with a set of aces against his set of fives and he spiked a five and I didn’t even flinch. I think that I was just really disciplined and really focused today.”

Ramos survived the one outer, but was still the short stack with three players remaining when talks of a deal surfaced.

“They wanted to do a deal three-handed and I declined. I felt like I could come back and win and then I did, so I’m really happy about it.”

For Ramos, this fourth trophy comes in a fourth variation of Omaha.

“It feels good. Mixed games are my specialty. I literally travel the country just playing mixed events, and this one is special because PLO8 is one of the toughest tournaments to win.”

*1st: Gabriel Ramos – $6,400+ Showdown trophy
*2nd: Walter Buss – $4,324
3rd: Buddy Frezza – $2,389
4th: Phil Hui – $1,706
5th: Ron Halperin – $1,316
6th: John Holley – $1,024
7th: Donald Maloney – $878
8th: Breen Bentley – $780
9th: Erik Nomberg – $683

*denotes heads-up deal

Event 11: We Have a Deal!

$360 Pot Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 24: 15,000/30,000
Players Remaining: 2 of 65

Before heads-up play began, Gabriel Ramos and Walter Buss agreed to a deal.

Here were their chip counts at the time:

Gabriel Ramos – 654,000
Walter Buss – 126,000

Here were their subsequent payouts:

Gabriel Ramos – $6,400
Walter Buss – $4,324

As the chip leader, Ramos officially gets the victory and the trophy.

Gabriel Ramos – 1st Place
Walter Buss – 2nd Place

Event 11: Buddy Frezza – 3rd Place ($2,389)

$360 Pot Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 24: 15,000/30,000
Players Remaining: 2 of 65

Buddy Frezza – 3rd Place

Buddy Frezza raised the pot to 105,000, Gabriel Ramos reraised from the small blind and Frezza called all in for another 10,000.

Frezza: KdQd8h3h
Ramos: AsJs7c6h

The board came down 10d9h3c9s6d, giving Ramos nines and sixes to beat Frezza’s nines and threes.

Gabriel Ramos – 654,000
Walter Buss – 126,000
Buddy Frezza – Eliminated in 3rd Place ($2,389)

Event 11: Gabriel Ramos Doubles Through Buddy Frezza

$360 Pot Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 22: 10,000/20,000
Players Remaining: 3 of 65

Gabriel Ramos raised to 45,000 from the button and Buddy Frezza called from the big blind.

The flop was 10d5c3s and Frezza check-called 20,000 from Ramos.

The turn was the 4s, Frezza bet the pot of 140,000 and Ramos called all in for 87,000.

Frezza: Kh5h5s4h
Ramos: AcJc3c2c

Ramos had a wheel against Frezza’s set.

The river was the 8c, safe for Ramos to double up.

Gabriel Ramos – 314,000
Buddy Frezza – 272,000
Walter Buss – 194,000

Event 11: Ron Halperin – 5th Place ($1,316)

$360 Pot Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 8,000/16,000
Players Remaining: 4 of 65

Ron Halperin – 5th Place

Ron Halperin limped from the small blind and Buddy Frezza checked his option.

The flop was QsJs5c, Halperin bet the pot of 32,000 and Frezza called.

The turn was the 5d, Halperin bet his remaining 20,000 and Frezza called.

Halperin: QdJd4d3d
Frezza: Ks10d9c2s

Halperin held top two pair, while Frezza a flush draw and a wrap.

The river was the Kd, giving Frezza a king-high straight to eliminate Halperin in fifth place.

Buddy Frezza – 285,000
Ron Halperin – Eliminated in 5th Place ($1,316)