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3-Barrels: Ankush Mandavia Swinging; Harrison Gimbel Winning; Dietrich Fast Printing

TAGs: Ankush Mandavia, Harrison Gimbel, WPT

3-Barrels of pure value from the World Poker Tour as Ankush Mandavia is crowned king of ‘California Swing’, Harrison Gimbel wins Rolling Thunder title, and Dietrich Fast so close to WPT title #2.

3-Barrels: Ankush Mandavia Swinging; Harrison Gimbel Winning; Dietrich Fast PrintingAnkush Mandavia Fan Club President Daniel Negreanu will be busy this week after Mandavia was crowned the king of ‘Californian Swing’. You may remember Negreanu singing Mandavia’s praises during the Global Poker League (GPL) Draft. The team managers weren’t as impressed. They might be now.

Mandavia is the man with the most impressive record across the World Poker Tour (WPT) California Swing events. He failed to cash in the LA Poker Classic, but his 23rd place finish in the Bay 101 Shooting Stars Main Event, and eighth place finish in the Rolling Thunder Main Event was sufficient enough to gain him the accolade.

The WPT will ensure he is well looked after during the 2017 California Swing triumvirate. He picks up six night of free accommodation, transfer to/from the airport and a free massage at the Meridian Spa when competing in the next WPT LA Poker Classic. He will be a Shooting Star at the next WPT Bay 101 Shooting Stars event. He will also be given five free nights accommodation and $500 room credit during the 2017 WPT Thunder Valley Series.

Harrison Gimbel Inches Closer to Coveted Triple Crown

At 25-years of age, Harrison Gimbel has become one of the youngest members of the Triple Crown-chasing club after winning the $3,500 WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event.

Gimbel accomplished the first leg of the Triple Crown six years ago when he took down the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) Main Event for $2.2m. His WPT title means he only needs a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet to bag all three majors. In 2012, Gimbel finished fourth in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em (NLHE) Ante Only event.

Gimbel denied Mohsin Charania his third WPT Main Event title. The pair clashed in heads-up action after 407 other entrants fell by the wayside. Gimbel will now take his seat in the season-ending $15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions.

WPT Rolling Thunder Final Table Results

1st. Harrison Gimbel – $275,112*

2nd. Mohsin Charania – $192,132

3rd. Russell Garrett – $123,682

4th. Markus Gonsalves – $91,616

5th. Hafiz Khan – $68,712

6th. Derek Wolters – $54,970

*Also wins a seat in the WPT Tournament of Champions

Not so Fast Dietrich

Dietrich Fast nearly went all Ant Zinno on us this weekend, after coming mightily close to winning his second WPT Main Event in a matter of weeks. The WSOP bracelet holder captured his first WPT title at the LA Poker Classic beating Mike Shariati in heads-up action to win the million dollar first prize.

He came close to repeating that feat at WPT Vienna when he made the final table of the Main Event that attracted 234 entrants. Fast finishing in fourth place behind Matt Davenport, Zoltan Gal and the eventual champion from Romania Vlad Darie.

WPT Vienna Main Event Final Table

1st. Vlad Darie – €170,800*

2nd. Zoltan Gal – €109,340

3rd. Matt Davenport – €70,800

4th. Dietrich Fast – €52,450

5th. Dominik Bosnjak – €39,360

6th. Georgios Zisimopoulos – €31,500

*Also wins a seat in the WPT Tournament of Champions

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