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July Big Stack Special Results; Gui Van Turns $130 into $23K

2017 Big Stack Special
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, FL
$130 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Entries: 1,719
Prize Pool: $171,900
July 19-23, 2017

RANKFIRST NAMELAST NAMEPRIZE
1stGUIVAN$23,793
2ndSERGIOPEREZ$20,154
3rdROBERTBASS$14,346
4thJOHANNTIEMANN$13,007
5thNARISHHARRIPERSAD$12,709
6thMICHAELGARCIA$11,031
7thMICHAELTAIT$7,773
8thMARCELANEWMARK$6,743
9thRICHARDBOWERS$5,872
10thCORYBLUM$1,650
11thBILLODERAT$1,650
12thANDREWGORDAN$1,650
13thROMANPESHEKHONOV$1,289
14thLUISPEREIRA PIRES$1,289
15thREYNELHERNANDEZ$1,289
16thKENNETHFERGUSON$1,083
17thDALEBERMAN$1,083
18thMICHAELCARBELLO$1,083
19thPHILIPPEGOUREAU$911
20thALEXANDERTHOMPSON$911
21stRENEEWAISHWELL$911
22ndALEJANDROARMAS SENIOR$911
23rdGERARDFORRESTER$911
24thANGELOCASTALDI$911
25thZACHARYROSEN$911
26thCLAUDIOKALILI$911
27thMANUELARMARO ALVAREZ$911
28thDANIELPEARLMAN$744
29thCAMERONCOLLINS$744
30thPETERCHIN$744
31stKIRKTONEY$744
32ndAMIRBARON$744
33rdVICTORWHITEMAN$744
34thLUIZLAMARDO NETO$744
35thADAMALOMA$744
36thMICHAELSINISGALLI$744
37thMONTYBERGER$653
38thANDREWTHOMPSON$653
39thRAYMONDNALBANDIAN$653
40thALFREDOVEGA$653
41stNANCYNIETO$653
42ndMARYONHARPER$653
43rdKENNETHGROSSMAN$653
44thHOMEROMOLINA$653
45thRAFAELRODRIGUEZ ARANGO$653
46thMANUELTORIBIO$567
47thJUSTINHOLMGREN$567
48thJORGEGOMEZ$567
49thJEFFREYBARBIERI$567
50thBRETTSTEINMAN$567
51stANTONIOPINERA$567
52ndMARCELOBELLIZZI$567
53rdPETERSHAPIRO$567
54thYAKIMAPALMERO$567
55thADANHERNANDEZ$499
56thCARLOSNIETO$499
57thKIMSCORATOW$499
58thJEFFRODRIGUEZ$499
59thDEBRANESER$499
60thSANTANANORONHA$499
61stANTONIOCAMPBELL$499
62ndPAULCROWDIS$499
63rdCARLOSCASTRO$499
64thWIDWELLTHOMAS$477
65thCALIXTORODRIGUEZ$477
66thTHOMASGARI$477
67thARIFAMIRALI$477
68thELLIOTTZAYDMAN$477
69thBRIANPOWELL$477
70thNANCYBIRNBAUM$477
71stBRENDAVACA$477
72ndKENNETHBRUNO$477
73rdMARTINMARKOV$395
74thCHENCAI$395
75thNICOLASBAUSSAN$395
76thYANIVANTEBBI$395
77thJASONJOHNSON$395
78thDAVIDHASS$395
79thMARKMANESH$395
80thALBERTOPALMA$395
81stJUANPINEDA FLOREZ$395
82ndMICHAELSTEFAN$361
83rdSTEPHENSMITH$361
84thCLAYTONBROWN$361
85thJOSEPHMARZILLI$361
86thANTHONYTHOMAS$361
87thZOLTANCZINKOTA$361
88thCHADVETSTEIN$361
89thMARTINBELOUS$361
90thERIKRAPHAEL GUZMAN$361
91stCARLOSRODRIGUEZ ROJAS$327
92ndMARKSHTERENZER$327
93rdTIMOTHYCOAN$327
94thKYLEHARRY$327
95thANTONYGOUREAU$327
96thMIGUELRODRIGUEZ$327
97thSTEPHENHARRIS$327
98thALAINGUILBAUD$327
99thMANNYTARICH$327

June Big Stack Special Results; Rafael Ramos Wins in 10-Way Chop

2017 Big Stack Special
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, FL
$130 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Entries: 1,962
Prize Pool: $196,200
June 21-25, 2017

FINISHFIRST NAMELAST NAMEPRIZE
1RAFAELRAMOS$24,420
2DEJANPETKOVIC$19,476
3RAMONMUNOZ URENA$18,388
4JASONBARTHOLOMEW$16,458
5CHINTANMEDINA$12,150
6STEVENBENNETT$11,754
7ROBERTCHUSID$9,086
8WILLIAMUNDERDOWN$7,323
9STEVERAEMAN$4,626
10CARLOSTORRES VAZQUEZ$4,476
11CHAIMSAHALON$1,884
12ZOLTANCZINKOTA$1,884
13ALANMUNOZ$1,472
14NESLEYJEAN BAPTISTE$1,472
15MICHAELMONACO$1,472
16DOLPHUSPOWERS$1,236
17FLORISPAYRAUDEAU$1,236
18DAVIDSHMUEL$1,236
19JULIANCONDE$1,040
20SEBASTIANMARTINEZ$1,040
21ANTHONYGIST$1,040
22JOSEALDORINO$1,040
23MOISESNATANEL COHEN$1,040
24ROSANNADE LA ROSA$1,040
25MARKGAUDINO$1,040
26ALEJANDROARMAS SENIOR$1,040
27CARLOBUZZETTA$1,040
28CARLOSRODRIGUEZ ROJAS$883
29GREGORIKRAKOBSKY$883
30ANGELOMIELE$883
31JAMESWOODRUFF$883
32KARIMBARUQUE$883
33FILOMENOGIANNINO$883
34MICHAELWALKER$883
35ANDREBRYAN$883
36LYNETTEROBINSON$883
37ZACHARYCASTRO$746
38RICHARDLEGER$746
39STEVENMORENO$746
40DAVIDPOCES$746
41KEITHWAGNER$746
42RAFAELRODRIGUEZ ARANGO$746
43PEDROPALACIO$746
44GARYJOHNSON$746
45BRITTNEYLOY$746
46HOMEROMOLINA$647
47STEVENDAMSKY$647
48NANCYNIETO$647
49STANLEYSANDERS II$647
50DAVIDESQUIJAROSA$647
51DAVIDWALKER$647
52MARCFINEMAN$647
53GENAROCHINCHILLA LAZO$647
54ANDREWCIMINI$647
55BRIANVASQUEZ LAGOS$569
56JOSEPHROSS$569
57DANIELMATHEWS$569
58JOSEPHCANADEO$569
59MILORDVITAL$569
60PETERBRONSTEIN$569
61ROBERTPOGGIO JR$569
62MICHELLESHAH$569
63JUANPINEDA FLOREZ$569
64IRWINBLOCK$510
65ROYPAULENA$510
66VITOPOLERA$510
67IFTIKHARMEMON$510
68LUISBASTIDAS$510
69SCOTTJORDAN$510
70TRENT-DARYLMCINTURFF$510
71KIRKTONEY$510
72JOSEPHDUCHMAN$510
73REBECCARICHMOND$451
74BURLMCCRANEY$451
75JOANNNICOLETTE$451
76ROCCALA$451
77SETHGILSON$451
78RICHARDWETTER$451
79ROBERTHOFSTETTER$451
80CYBELCABRERO$451
81LLOYDKAPPER$451
82MICHAELRALYEA$412
83RENEGARCIA$412
84MIGUELMCDONALD$412
85PETERSCIANNA$412
86JOHNMCCARTHY$412
87ERIK RAPHAELGUZMAN$412
88HOWARDBECKS$412
89CRAIGWITZ$412
90XAVIERSILVA PENA$412
91WASHINGTONGAVILANES$373
92ANTHONYPAULINO$373
93CHRISTOPHERBELL$373
94BRYCETOLEDO$373
95JEFFREYSAYLORS$373
96CHARLESGOMEZ$373
97MANUELVALENCIA$373
98KEVINPERKINS$373
99STEPHENSMITH$373
100MICHAELGRAFFEO$314
101GARRICKYOUNG$314
102IDOASHKENAZI$314
103GREGORYSPINDER$314
104MIGUELARRONTE$314
105STEVENZUKOWSKI$314
106JULIOSANCHEZ$314
107OMARSADER$314
108CINDAGOODALE$314
109JOHNCONLON$294
110GEORGESBOYADJIAN$294
111CHANGFEICUI$294
112KEVINMURPHY$294
113RAULCUERVO$294
114HENRIAZOULAY$294
115MICHAELTAIT$294
116DARRENCOLLETTE$294
117CHENCAI$294

Final Results — $100K Gtd May Big Stack Special

2017 May Big Stack Special
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, FL
$130 No Limit Hold’em
$100,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 1,709
Prize Pool: $170,900
May 4-7, 2017

2017 May Big Stack Special winner, Marc Brooks

Marc Brooks won the 2017 May Big Stack Special at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino following a nine-way chop late Sunday night. The $130 buy-in tournament drew a field of 1,709 entries smashing the $100,000 guarantee to the tune of a $170,900 prize pool. The top 99 finishers were paid with Brooks’ share topping out at $20,682.

Full results:

FINISHFIRST NAMELAST NAMEPRIZE
1stMARCBROOKS$20,682
2ndJARRETTVAUGHN$18,057
3rdSCOTTSOMMER$17,727
4thJASONBUFF$12,000
5thSTEVENBENNETT$10,789
6thATEFNASSALL$10,091
7thSEBASTIANGALLEGO$9,981
8thGEORGESBOYADJEAN$8,714
9thJOSEFSHERTZER$6,714
10thANTHONYRUBERTO, JR.$1,641
11thDAVIDHIXSON$1,641
12thCARLCAJUSTE$1,641
13thBERNHARDSCHMIDT$1,282
14thDEJANPETKOVIC$1,282
15thRUSSELLWILLIAMS$1,282
16thCAMERONCOLLINS$1,077
17thANTONIOREY$1,077
18thSTEPHENEKIN$1,077
19thMOHANNAVANI$906
20thGREGORYSPINDER$906
21stORYHEN$906
22ndSCOTTZAKHEIM$906
23rdCASEYKAPLAN$906
24thMANFREDROSENOW$906
25thJEAN-LOUISSANTONI$906
26thLUISALFREDO ZEDAN$906
27thONEILMcCALLA$906
28thCESARFUENTES$769
29thCHARLEMAGNEBENJAMIN, Jr.$769
30thMANUELHERRERA$769
31stOLVENSOSAVOIE$769
32ndSTEVENCARSWELL$769
33rdJOSEPHDUCHMAN$769
34thRAFAELINDRIAGO$769
35thJONATHANOUNJIAN$769
36thZAKARYAWOLGAMOTT$769
37thPAULBALZANO$649
38thKEVINDENG$649
39thDREWMICHEL$649
40thERICWARD$649
41stDAVIDMORENO$649
42ndFREDERICOSAVIO DABUS$649
43rdRICHARDRIVERO$649
44thROBYNMARSHMAN$649
45thANDREWDIAZ$649
46thLYNETTEROBINSON$564
47thJEFFREYKEISER$564
48thJAMIEKOPACZ$564
49thMICHAELGOLDFARB$564
50thALEJANDROCARRATALA$564
51stCARLOSGARCIA$564
52ndPETERSCIANNA$564
53rdBERNARDCOHEN$564
54thNIGELMURRAY$564
55thKELLYSEJOUR$496
56thALEKSANDRTISHCHENKO$496
57thDENNISRODRIGUEZ$496
58thRAPHAELESCOBDO$496
59thCLAYTONBROWN$496
60thJEFFKESSLER$496
61stPAULVIEIRA$496
62ndMELISASINGH$496
63rdEVANTEITELBAUM$496
64thPETERODIOT$444
65thFERNANDOHALAC$444
66thJUANMEJIA$444
67thHAROLDPAWLUK$444
68thMICHELLEMCMILLAN$444
69thMATTHEWKELLEY$444
70thLUIZSTADLER$444
71stLAZARODUBROCQ$444
72ndCARLOSVASQUES$444
73rdJONATHANBRODY$393
74thCHARLESHUFFINES$393
75thSTEPHENHARRIS$393
76thMICHAELBONSIGNORE$393
77thDANIELRHENALS$393
78thNACHUMLUMELSKI$393
79thJORGESOTO$393
80thDANIELHAMILTON$393
81stHUNTERRITCHIE$393
82ndLUMINITAPETRIC$359
83rdJOHNMARINACCI$359
84thJONATHANMARKS$359
85thRICHARDLEGER$359
86thFRANKGEIBLER$359
87thKARENFLIPPEN$359
88thJACKROSENTHAL$359
89thWESLEYLASHER$359
90thJEFFREYJONES$359
91stTHIERRYFRANKLIN$325
92ndANDRESFLOREZ$325
93rdDAVIDINSELBERG$325
94thSCOTTABEL, Jr.$325
95thJOHNREMBERT$325
96thEDINAPANTINCHIN$325
97thJUANFERRER$325
98thCOREYBABAPOUR$325
99thDANIELLINARES$325

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The 2017 May Big Stack Special concluded following a nine-way chop

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)