Harrison Gimbel Wins 2016 WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event
Floridian Poker Pro Denies Mohsin Charania Third WPT Title, Wins $275,112
Harrison Gimbel has won the 2016 World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder $3,500 no-limit hold’em main event, topping a field of 409 players to win his first WPT title and the top prize of $275,112.
Gimbel also earned 1,080 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win. This was his third final table of the year, and as a result he now sits in 20th place in the POY race.
The 25-year-old Floridian poker pro had finished fourth in this very same event last year and had returned hoping to improve on that great result. Gimbel wasn’t the only player with an exciting narrative at the final table, though. Two-time World Poker Tour main event champion Mohsin Charania was looking to make history by becoming only the fourth player ever to win three WPT titles.
Charania came tantalizingly close to achieving that goal, as he survived to heads-up play against Gimbel. The two began their final battle with nearly identical chip stacks, with Charania sitting with 103 big blinds to Gimbel’s 102. Both players were quite deep stacked, and as a result they battled for 114 hands before a winner was finally decided.
By the time the final hand arose Gimbel had built a solid chip lead. With blinds of 100,000 – 200,000 and an ante of 25,000 Charania limped in from the button. Gimbel moved all-in holding the 54and Charania made the call with the KQ.
The board ran out J3255 the give Gimbel running trips and the pot. With that Charania was eliminated in second place, earning $192,132 and falling just short of his third WPT title.
Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:
|Place||Player||Earnings (USD)||POY Points|
Winner photo courtesy of World Poker Tour / Joe Giron.
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