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Poker pro Ari Engel takes home MSPT Potawatomi top prize

11 April 2017

(PRESS RELEASE) -- The first MSPT Potawatomi $1,100 Main Event of Season 8 attracted 495 entrants to downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After a weekend full of play at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, it was well-known poker pro Ari Engel who emerged victorious to capture a $114,876 first place prize.

With the win, Engel brought his lifetime live earnings up to nearly $4.6 million. Now, he's not only an eight-time World Series of Poker Circuit ring winner and the 2016 Aussie Millions champ — a win good for a career-high $1,120,110 — he's an MSPT champion, and it was all the result of a spur-of-the-moment decision.

"There's a Jewish holiday that starts tomorrow night, so I didn't want to play any tournament that went into Monday," Engel said after the win. "That excluded some tournaments. I was looking around and this looked like a good one. I was in Florida last week, went to the WSOP Circuit in Council Bluffs for one day, and then came here."

A poker nomad, meaning he literally doesn't have a place to call home, Engel bounces around the world for whatever poker tournament tickles his fancy. So, what's next for the pro?

"I'm going back to Florida for the holiday with the parents, and then I'm in the tank between going to England for the partypoker Nottingham series of the WSOP Circuit in Cherokee."

For a full recap of Engel's win, visit the website.

Final Table Results
1. Ari Engel (Las Vegas, NV) $114,876
2. Carlos Monteiro (Minneapolis, MN) $69,405
3. Keith Heine (Hillsboro, MO) $45,232
4. George Dietz (Oak Park, IL) $31,352
5. Jim Juvancic (Westchester, IL) $23,933
6. Alex Ziskin (Vernon Hills, IL) $18,428
7. Brad Jansen (West Bend, WI) $15,317
8. Dan Crawford (Arlington, WI) $12,684
9. Patrick McCullough (Grand Rapids, MI) $10,722
10. Rich Alsup (New Hope, MN) $8,137

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