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Capture the Flag: Ari ‘BodogAri’ Engel

Capture the Flag: Ari ‘BodogAri’ Engel

by Brian Pempus |  Published: Jun 29, 2011


Ari “BodogAri” Engel has crushed cash games and tournaments throughout his career in poker. The rush of success has led the Las Vegas resident to develop one of poker’s elite training centers — a place where Engel educates students on the intricacies of cash-game and tournament grinding. Engel was introduced to poker during his second year of college by his roommate Andrew “Browndog19” Brown. Brown was a consistent online grinder, and Engel started watching him play. After three months of only observing, never playing a hand, Engel finally decided to try it on his own. Over the next six months, he played $5 and $10 tournaments, and turned a slight profit. After college graduation, Engel completely stopped playing for about two months, except for a weekly $40 home game with friends. During one of those games, a couple of his friends were talking about a new site on which they ...

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