Poker pro Ari Engel has added another poker title to his hefty collection after winning the Mid-States Poker Tour Milwaukee $1,100 Main Event for $114,876.
Engel has had a mad ride around US casinos these past weeks, traveling to Tulsa for the WSOP Circuit Hard Rock Tulsa festival, then to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood for the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, and finally to the Potawatomi Casino in Milwaukee for the latest stop on the MSPT schedule.
Engel emerged the winner from a 495-person field to scoop the first-place prize and the title. The player thus scored his career’s 22nd tournament win. There were plenty of familiar faces at the Potawatomi Casino tables, but Engel was certainly among the most notable ones.
The top 45 players received a share of the event’s prize pools and Nadya Magnus, two-time MSPT winner Jeremy Dresch, and Mark Hodge were among those to make it to the money. However, all three mentioned could not reach the final table.
According to media reports, the final table of the latest MSPT Main Event was probably the toughest one in the tournament series’ history. Apart from Engel, there were MSPT regulars, WSOP gold bracelet winners, and former MSPT Players of the Year at the final table.
Victory road was tough and thorny, but Engel did more than well once again. Carlos Monteiro was the player to set the heads-up match after his ace-eight clashed against Keith Heine’s king-four and won him the pot and the chance to face Engel heads-up.
The tournament final hand occurred after Engel raised pre-flop to 355,000 and then called when his opponent moved all in for 3.2 million. Engel turned over [Ad][Js] against Monteiro’s pocket eights. The [Ac][As][2s] appeared on the flop giving Engel the trips and the lead, which he held into through the turn and the river. The [7h] and [5c] appeared on the board last to put an end to the event. Stripped of all his chips, Monteiro had to settle for the runner-up finish and the consolation prize of $69,405, his largest live cash so far.
As for Engel, including his last payout, he now boasts a live poker bankroll of over $4.5 million. The player is best known for winning the 2016 Aussie Millions A$10,000 Main Event for his career’s largest cash of A$1,600,000. He even won an American Poker Award for Tournament Performance of the Year for that particular event.
Engel has also been a frequent participant in WSOP Circuit events over the past several years. The player has won 8 gold rings from the popular poker series and has cashed in 54 events, earning a total of $556,357 from those.