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Ari Engel claimed his 22nd career poker tournament win over the weekend in the Mid-States Poker Tour Potawatomi Hotel and Casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Engel survived a field of 495 to claim the $114,876 first place prize, bumping his career earnings up to nearly $4.6 million.
The win comes just one month after Engel won the PokerStars Championship Panama Event #34, making it his second tournament win of the year. It was the first time Engel had cashed in the MSPT. He also holds titles in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open and Heartland Poker Tour, along with eight World Series of Poker Circuit rings.
Engel’s dedication and success to live tournaments has some saying he will be a future Poker Hall of Famer. He still has a few years to wait before he can meet the age requirement. In the meantime he has been picking up other awards, such as the American Poker Award for Tournament Performance of the Year.
The final table of the MSPT Potawatomi was a tough one. Alongside Engel sat the reigning MSPT Player of the Year Rich Alsup, MSPT Season 7 Meskwaki winner Keith Heine, and WSOP bracelet winner Alex Ziskin.
Alsup was the first player eliminated from the final table, Ziskin finished sixth and Heine was eliminated by runner-up Carlos Monteiro of Minnesota.
After the win Engel said he was headed back to spend Passover with his family in Florida. He mentioned that the next tournament on his list could be the WSOP Circuit in Cherokee.