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Ari Engel Claims Record 17th World Series Of Poker Circuit Gold Ring

Daniel Lowery Also Adds His 15th Gold Ring While Kyle Cartwright Grabs His Ninth During A Busy Few Days Of WSOP Circuit Action


Ari Engel after winning his 15th gold ring back in August 2023 – Photo Credit: Hayley Hochstetler

The World Series of Poker Circuit continues to see a spirited sense of competition atop the tour’s all-time titles leaderboard, and there was a lot of movement in the gold-rings race over the last few days. Ari Engel increased his lead by winning a record 17th gold ring in a WSOP Circuit Michigan online event. The $500 no-limit hold’em big 500 8-max tournament attracted 48 entries with Engel coming out on top to claim the victory. Here is what he tweeted after the victory:

The cash took Engel close to $8.9 million in total earnings, and he has now won an impressive 50 tournaments in his poker career. That includes three WSOP gold bracelets as well. But the 17th WSOPC win is what gave him some separation from his closest challengers for the gold ring crown.

Meanwhile, Daniel Lowery was busy adding gold rings to his trophy case as well at the WSOP Circuit North Carolina tournament series at Harrah’s Cherokee. He scored his 15th gold ring after topping the 3,577-entry field in a $400 monster stack event to cash for $148,416. That put his career earnings above $3.15 million, but more importantly that put Lowery in a three-way tie in the chase group behind Engel along with Maurice Hawkins and Joshua Reichard.

“The chase is real, we’ve been taking it serious,” said Lowery after the win to reporters on the scene. He continued, “I’m very real with myself about poker, and I feel like I played amazing this week.” Lowery also encapsulated the spirit of the WSOP Circuit gold ring race when he added, “I said a long time ago, some guys said it didn’t matter, but it matters to be number one, one time, so I’m trying. We’ll see who can get there.”

Another player who grew his WSOP Circuit gold ring collection in North Carolina was Kyle Cartwright. He took home the title in a $1,100 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament with 600 entries to win his ninth gold ring. Despite the recent success with the score of $111,305 that took his career earnings above $3.1 million, Cartwright has no designs on chasing the record for most WSOP Circuit wins these days. “My house has been busy, I have twin four-year-olds and a three-year-old; all girls. I don’t get to play much anymore,” said Cartwright to reporters after the win. He added, “I don’t really play tournaments anymore, so I’m not chasing. Lowery is an animal. What he’s doing in these 1,000-player fields is amazing.”