Known to many on PocketFives as BodogAri, Ari Engelhas hit it big in the live poker world over the years. This week, Engel won his seventh World Series of Poker Circuit ring and moved into a tie for second all-time on that leaderboard behind only Alex Masek, who has eight. Also with seven Circuit rings is Chris Reslock.
Engel’s latest ring came after taking down a $580 HORSE event during the WSOP Circuit’s stop in Hammond, Indiana, which drew 128 players. Engel told WSOP officials, “It definitely doesn’t get old. It’s nice to get a win. It’s been a little bit of time. I spend a lot of time grinding and you only very occasionally actually get a win. I’m trying to savor the moment.”
Engel added that catching Masek has been driving him to buy into more Circuit events around the United States: “Definitely the main thing is making a living [playing poker]. One of the reasons I choose to play Circuit events is because I do have a lot of rings. I’m trying to catch [Masek]. I don’t know if I would have played a $580 HORSE tournament if it weren’t a ring event.”
Here’s a look at Engel’s Circuit wins over the years:
2007: $300 NLHE for $63,000
2009: $1,060 NLHE Heads-Up for $22,000
2012: $345 Mixed PLHE/PLO for $8,200
2012: $1,125 NLHE for $55,000
2013: $580 NLHE for $26,000
2013: $580 NLHE for $29,000
2014: $580 HORSE for $17,000
All told, Engel has 37 Circuit cashes totaling $405,000 and another 19 WSOP cashes in Las Vegas for $120,000. His seventh ring was his first in HORSE.
Online, Engel has $2.3 million in tournament winnings in his PocketFives profile and won a SCOOP Main Event earlier this year for over $200,000 officially, his largest payday ever. The Canadian was ranked #1 on PocketFives in 2006, the same year he signed up for our site.
Congrats to Ari Engel on his seventh WSOP Circuit ring!