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Ari Engel: The End Boss of Poker’s Minor Leagues

Poker Pro Has Career Year Making 17 Final Tables in 2016

by Erik Fast |  Published: May 10, 2017


Ari Engel finished fourth in the 2016 Card Player Player of the Year race. The Canadian poker pro, who was born in Toronto but is now an anchorless, world traveler, stood out among the names at the top of the list. While the majority of the top 20 combined success in large field main events with plenty of huge scores in six-figure super high roller events, Engel made his way to the top few spots on poker’s most prestigious leader board largely through consistent triumphs in smaller buy-in events. He made 17 final tables last year, winning three titles along the way including his largest ever score, $1.12 million, for taking down the Aussie Millions main event. He also won his eighth World Series of Poker Circuit gold ring. One needs to only look at the average buy-in for events the top players final tabled to see just how stark ...

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