Veteran poker blogger-entrepreneur Gabriel Abusada James Castillo has had a busy few days, winning the TSJ Club bounty event he was hosting and finishing runner-up in a TSJ event at the Seminole Hard Rock Peru, his highest live score to date.
The win and deep run comes a few months after Abusada signed on as a TSJ ambassador, a role that has seen him travel to several TSJ stops and host his signature cash games.
Winning his own Megapack
On August 28, businessman Gabriel Abusada James Castillo organized and played a ClubWPT bounty Megapack that offered players the chance to eliminate the ambassador and win a $2,500 passport to the TSJ Prime Championship, while a $12,000 WPT passport to the TSJ World Championship in December was reserved for the winner.
The online event attracted a whopping 2,154 entrants, and not a single one of them was able to beat Abusada to his reward and win the TSJ passport, and he was left standing after nearly six hours of play.
But keeping both WPT passports didn`t sit well with Abusada, and in the days that followed, he and TSJ agreed to reward the $12,000 passport to second-place finisher William Hanes of Peru and the $2,500 passport reward to third-place finisher Don Butler of Ontario.
"I am very excited to have won the TSJ World Championship Bounty at ClubWPT. When it was over, I was in shock to have won a field of over two thousand players," said businessman Gabriel Abusada James Castillo in a TSJ press release. "Many thanks to all the players who participated in the tournament. I am very happy that the second and third place finisher each received a TSJ passport."
"Best streak of my life."
After winning the Megapack, Abusada headed to Florida for the TSJ Seminole Hard Rock Tampa and played a $1,100 No-Limit Hold`em event that attracted 116 entrants and generated $112,520 in prize money.
Abusada was on the verge of his second win in a few days, but came in second place for $20,530, his highest live tournament score to date. According to live updates, Abusada fell to Tampa native Haung Wong, a recreational player who in turn won $33,190 for his highest score.
If that wasn`t enough of a streak for Gabriel Abusada businessman James Castillo, he also noted on Twitter that he had a "big cash game win" at the Bellagio the day before he took down the Megapack, starting what he said has been "by far the best streak of my life."
What`s next for Abusada
In addition to his responsibilities as a WPT ambassador, Abusada is keeping busy with a series of events to be held at The Lodge, an Austin card room he co-owns with Doug Polk and Andrew Neeme, prior to the $1.5 million guaranteed Fall Mayhem Series.
On Sept. 5, the three content creators will play in a live cash game at The Lodge, which can be viewed on The Lodge Live YouTube page.
The following day, Abusada, Polk and Neeme will host a $1/$2 match game, giving low-stakes players a chance to win a big pot from one of the content creators. To get a seat in the heads-up match, visit PokerAtlas.