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Buy-In: $1,100
Prize Pool: $305,350
Entrants: 310

$1,100 No-Limit Hold'em $250K GTD

  • Aug 23, '18 - Aug 27, '18


Updates on Final Day (Aug 27, 18)


Matt Bretzfield Wins CPPT Isle Casino Title After Five-Way Chop

It’s rare that a poker tournament produces more than one winner, let alone five, but that’s exactly what occurred at the Isle Casino at Pompano Park on Monday.

A total of 310 players put up the $1,100 buy-in for the Card Player Poker Tour Isle Casino main event, creating a prize pool of $305,350. In the end, the lion’s share of the prize pool was actually split evenly between the final five players, who each took home $35,443.

In a time where players obsess over ICM (Independent Chip Model) considerations, Matt Bretzfield, Ernie Bush, Gautam Lillaney, Matthew Smith, and AJ Gambino each agreed to chop the prize pool despite their differences in stack sizes.

Bretzfield with Isle Casino's Ralph Brandt and Ken LambertBretzfield, who held the lead by just one chip at the time of the deal, was officially credited with the win. The victory caps off an impressive month for the New York native, who finished 10th in the $5,000 buy-in Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open main event for $62,415, and then ended up getting second place in the opening event of this CPPT series, banking another $22,374.

The final table opened with the elimination of short stack Albert Destrade. The former Survivor: South Pacific contestant was at his second career CPPT final table. He previously finished fourth in the 2017 CPPT bestbet Jacksonville main event.

After the eliminations of Zack Mullenix and Fernando Halac, the final five players traded chips back and forth until a huge cooler occurred between Gambino and Lillaney. Gambino turned trips while Lillaney made a full house. While Lillaney scored the full double up, Gambino was left with just three chips.

Gambino’s fifth-place finish was a foregone conclusion, until he doubled up numerous times to get back into contention. On his final double, he managed to crack pocket queens with 10-9 suited. It was after that crucial pot that the players began discussing and ultimately agreeing to a deal.

Here are the final table results.

1 Matt Bretzfield $35,443 480
2 Ernie Bush $35,443 400
3 Gautam Lillaney $35,443 320
4 Matthew Smith $35,443 240
5 AJ Gambino $35,443 200
6 Fernando Halac $12,122 160
7 Zack Mullenix $10,183 120
8 Mark Wiser $8,367 80
9 Albert Destrade $6,672 40

About Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park

Poker isn’t the only reason to visit the Isle Casino, which also offers nearly 1,500 slot machines, as well as Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Three Card Poker, and the ultimate one card poker game, War.

The Isle Casino now offers the lowest gaming limits in South Florida, with table limits as low as $5. Known as “The Winter Home Of Harness Racing,” Isle Casino is also an ideal spot for track bettors, offering simulcast wagering on horse racing from all over the United States and Canada. Thanks to the warm climate, the harness racetrack can also offer live racing for 10 months each year.

The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park also recently announced a big project to develop 223 acres of land around the property for “a new world-class, mixed-use entertainment and hospitality destination” that will include a new hotel and “upscale retail, dining and entertainment to South Florida.”

Players looking for a bite have the option of something quick at B-Express, something casual at Myron’s Delicatessen & Cafe, something more refined at Farraddays Steakhouse, or whatever they want at the Farmer’s Pick Buffet. If you’re looking to shake off a bad beat or celebrate a big win, Fling Lounge has you covered with cocktails and live music entertainment.

The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park is located at 777 Isle of Capri Circle in Pompano Beach, Florida, just 15 minutes west of the beach, and 20 minutes north of Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport. For more information, visit the casino’s homepage.

For more information about the CPPT visit tour homepage.


Final Results

Here are the final table results after a five-way even chop.

1. Matt Bretzfield — $35,443
2. Ernie Bush — $35,443
3. Gautam Lillaney — $35,443
4. Matthew Smith — $35,443
5. AJ Gambino — $35,443
6. Fernando Halac — $12,122
7. Zack Mullinex — $10,183
8. Mark Wiser — $8,367
9. Albert Destrade — $6,672



After AJ Gambino’s miracle comeback, and with the stacks evening out, the chip leaders have agreed to an even chop of the remaining prize pool, with each player taking home $35,443.

We’re counting down stacks to figure out the final order of things, but this event is officially over. Stay tuned for a full recap.

Player Tags: Live Updates

AJ Gambino Doubles Through Ernie Bush

AJ GambinoAJ Gambino shoved for 530,000 on the button and was immediately called by Ernie Bush in the big blind with pocket queens.

Gambino only held 10Heart Suit9Heart Suit, but wound up making a straight on a board of KHeart Suit8Club Suit7Spade Suit8Diamond SuitJSpade Suit to double up yet again. He now has 1,100,000.

Player Tags: AJ Gambino

Gautam Lillaney Coolers AJ Gambino

Gautam LillaneyAJ Gambino raised to 85,000 and was called by both Ernie Bush and Gautam Lillaney in the blinds. The flop fell QDiamond Suit6Heart Suit2Spade Suit and Gambino continued for 100,000.

Both players called and the turn was the QHeart Suit. Again, both Bush and Lillaney checked, and Gambino bet 300,000. Bush folded, and Lillaney moved all in. Gambino called, and revealed AClub SuitQClub Suit for trips, but Lillaney held pocket sixes for a full house.

The river was the KDiamond Suit and Lillaney scored a massive double. After the count, it was determined that he had 1,090,000 all in, which left Gambino with just 15,000 in chips.

Incredibly, Gambino doubled up three times, including a triple up, to get back up to around 500,000.

Player Tags: Gautam Lillaney,   AJ Gambino

Matt Doubles Through Matt

Matt SmithMatt Smith raised the button to 85,000 and Matt Bretzfield moved in from the big blind. Smith called off his last 810,000 with pocket jacks, and was well ahead of Bretzfield’s pocket fives.

The board offered no help to Bretzfield and Smith doubled up to about 1,650,000. Bretzfield still has 2,900,000.

Player Tags: Matthew Smith

Updated Chip Counts

Here is a look at the chip counts.

Seat 2: Matthew Smith — 1,000,000
Seat 3: AJ Gambino — 1,100,000
Seat 6: Matt Bretzfield — 3,800,000
Seat 7: Ernie Bush — 2,400,000
Seat 8: Gautam Lillaney — 1,200,000


Fernando Halac Eliminated In Sixth Place ($12,122)

Fernando HalacFernando Halac moved all in from middle position for 580,000 and Gautam Lillaney called all in for 575,000 from the small blind.

Halac showed pocket nines, and Lillaney showed AClub SuitKClub Suit for a race situation. The board ran out AHeart Suit7Heart Suit4Spade Suit4Diamond Suit10Spade Suit and Lillaney doubled up. Halac was left with just one chip, and was eliminated shortly afterwards, earning $12,122.

Player Tags: Fernando Halac,   Gautam Lillaney

Level 25

Play resumes with new blinds of 20,000-40,000 with a 40,000 big blind ante.


Chip Counts From The Break

Here is a look at the chip counts.

Seat 2: Matthew Smith — 880,000
Seat 3: AJ Gambino — 960,000
Seat 4: Fernando Halac — 540,000
Seat 6: Matt Bretzfield — 3,530,000
Seat 7: Ernie Bush — 2,490,000
Seat 8: Gautam Lillaney — 900,000

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