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CPPT Isle Casino Main Event: Matt Bretzfield Leads Final Table

Final Table Resumes Monday at Noon ET at Isle Casino Pompano Park


Matt BretzfieldThe final table of the inaugural Card Player Poker Tour Isle Casino main event is officially set. A total of 310 entrants has been whittled down to just nine competitors, all hoping to win the title, the trophy, and of course, the top prize of $66,707.

Leading the way going into day 3 of the tournament is the red-hot Matt Bretzfield, who bagged up an impressive 2,785,000. The New York-native is coming off of a pair of great runs in South Florida this month. After finishing tenth in the $5,000 buy-in Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open main event for $62,415, Bretzfield traveled to Pompano Park for the opening event of this CPPT series. He ended up getting second place, banking another $22,374.

AJ GambinoBretzfield used a pair of tough calls to launch his way up the leaderboard, but it was a fortunate river card against tenth-place finisher Rami Singh that saw him separate from the pack. Bretzfield raised preflop, raised on the flop, and then bet the turn and river before revealing a rivered full house with his pocket eights. Singh showed down trips and busted a few hands later to set the official final table of nine.

Sitting in second place is AJ Gambino with 1,615,000. Gambino has put together quite a tournament resume himself, including a six-figure score in Las Vegas at the Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza series.

Gambino knocked out several players to start the day and build a big stack. He then took a huge chunk of out fellow big stack Fernando Halac by making two pair with 3-2, and busted Scott Baumstein when his A-K outran pocket jacks.

Ernie BushThird place belongs to Ernie Bush, who was actually one of the short stacks during ten-handed play before finding a few double ups. On his final double up, Bush actually didn’t see that Halac had moved all in in front of him, and wound up calling off the rest of his stack accidently. The move worked out however, when he won a flip to finish the night with 1,525,000.

Notables who finished in the money included Steve Karp (34th), Joey Couden (32nd), Phillip Hui (31st), Michael Merisier (25th), Raj Vohra (22nd), Scott Baumstein (17th), and Brian Hastings (15th).

Here is a look at the overnight chip counts.

Seat 1: Zack Mullenix — 770,000
Seat 2: Matthew Smith — 975,000
Seat 3: AJ Gambino — 1,615,000
Seat 4: Fernando Halac — 585,000
Seat 5: Albert Destrade — 210,000
Seat 6: Matt Bretzfield — 2,785,000
Seat 7: Ernie Bush — 1,525,000
Seat 8: Gautam Lillaney — 480,000
Seat 9: Mark Wiser — 355,000

The final table will resume Monday at noon ET at the Isle Casino at Pompano Park. Card Player will be on hand to bring you updates until a winner is crowned.