Serial World Series of Poker Circuit casher, Ari Engel, wins his seventh World Series of Poker Circuit gold ring, after defeating David Speicher, in heads-up action, to capture the title in the $580 H.O.R.S.E event at the WSOPC Horseshoe Hammond.
You have to tip your hat to Ari Engel.
When it comes to the World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC), there is only one other person, alive or dead, who has won more gold rings than the young man born in Toronto, after he picked up the victory in Event #6: $580 H.O.R.S.E, at the Horseshoe Hammond, near Chicago.
The 31-year old’s seventh ring means he ties with Chris Reslock, in second place, in the WSOPC All-Time Winners list, and that’s just one behind the irrepressible Alex Masek.
“It definitely doesn’t get old,” Engel told the WSOP after his win. “It’s nice to get a win. It’s been a little bit of time. I spend a lot of time grinding and you only very occasionally actually get a win. I’m trying to savor the moment.”
Engel must have still been suffering from jet lag, when he reached the final table, as chip leader, after recently flying in from his 49th place finish at the Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) Main Event in Lima, Peru.
The victory takes Engel’s total live career earnings to just under $1.5m. His biggest tournament score came in 2011, after a sixth place finish at the European Poker Tour (EPT) in Prague netted him a $167,365 pay day.
Engel’s first WSOPC victory came way back in March 2007, when he topped a field of 778 players to win $63,018, in the $340 No-Limit Hold’em (NLHE) event in Caesars Atlantic City. That was the first of five NLHE gold rings, the other two coming in a mixed Pot-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha event, and his recent H.O.R.S.E victory. It was Engel’s 37th WSOPC cash, and he has amassed over $400,000 in WSOPC earnings.
The event drew 128 entrants, to create a prize pool of $64,000, and Engel picked up $17,921 for his win.
WSOPC $580 H.O.R.S.E Results
1st. Ari Engel – $17,921
2nd. David Speicher – $11,076
3rd. Ryan Paluf – $7,899
4th. Robert Rasmussen – $5,745
5th. Joe Jeffery – $4,260
6th. Jean Gaspard – $3,220
7th. David Kowal – $2,479
8th. Jason Mayfield – $1,944