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Engel Wins WSOPC Ring #6; Now 1 Off All-time Lead

Tournament grinder Ari Engel prevailed for the sixth time on the World Series of Poker Circuit Series, and now has six career WSOPC Gold Rings, just one behind the all-time leader Chris Reslock. Engel is now tied with Alex Masek with six WSOPC Rings after winning Event #9, a $580 No Limit Holdem tournament at the WSOPC Foxwoods series.

Engel made his bones in online poker, where he became known as “Bodog Ari” but over the years Engel has transitioned to the life of a tournament grinder, playing in hundreds of tournaments every year and spending most of his time playing on the mid-tier poker tours like the WSOPC, Deepstacks, HPT, and other local events. For his career Engel has tournament winnings of over $1.1 million according to his Hendon Mob page, and is one of the more consistent players in poker: Over the past seven years Engel has won at least $80,000 each year six times, with a high water mark of $290,000.

His most recent WSOPC victory was a hard-fought affair, as Engel was one of 235 players registered for the $580 NLHE event at Foxwoods. In the end he would have to defeat another multiple WSOPC Ring winner in Aaron Massey (Massey has two career WSOPC rings), which took just over an hour. Massey entered the heads-up duel out-chipped 1.7 million to 1.1 million, and Engel methodically wore him down before finishing him off.

Here is a look at the final table results from the tournament:

  1. Ari Engel — $29,634
  2. Aaron Massey — $18,313
  3. Bedda Nakhoul — $13,336
  4. Victor Usatii — $9,850
  5. Chris Rizzo — $7,408
  6. Deon Nossel — $5,654
  7. Steven Brackesy — $4,374
  8. Fred Alesi — $3,438
  9. Spyro Mitrokostas — $2,743

Here is a look at Engel’s other WSOPC victories (I’m not 100% certain which one was a non-ring tournament):

  • 2007 WSOPC Caesars Atlantic City: $300 NLHE — $63,018
  • 2009 WSOPC Caesars Palace: $1,000 Heads-Up No Limit Holdem — $22,353
  • 2011 WSOPC Caesars Palace: $300 NLHE — $8,292
  • 2012 WSOPC Chester: $345 Pot Limit Holdem/Omaha — $8,292
  • 2012 WSOPC Hammond: $1,125 NLHE — $55,503
  • 2013 WSOPC Kennel Club Palm Beach: $580 NLHE — $26,501

Engel has also won a Bellagio Cup tournament, an Asian Poker Tour event, an APPT tournament, the Empire State Poker Championship in 2012, and a Borgata Poker Open tournament. You can check out Ari’s full resume at his Hendon Mob page.

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