Ari Engel won a WSOP Circuit Online ring in late July, his 13th career ring. He is only two spots away from Maurice Hawkins, the biggest winner of the Gem Award. Excited about the chance to catch up, the Canadian headed to WSOP Circuit Grafton Casino and achieved the feat of winning two rings in 24 hours.
After winning Event 10 ($400 Horse), the star said he was really good in the mix, going over in Event 11 ($400 Pot Limit Big O) He defeated 61 competitors, earned $6,564, and received the historic 15th ring of his career. Engel tied Maurice Hawkins’ record and joined the American as the biggest jewelery winner.
The saga of Aris becoming a leader began long ago. His first WSOP Circuit victory came in 2007 in a $300 buy-in tournament. Seven of his wins came in mixed events. Engel admits he heads to Grafton, Calif., precisely because the starting lineup for these games offers so many options.
The Engel 15 ring final table included names like Rick Green, Christopher Linger and Christopher Watson, Kenneth Poe. His heads-up opponent was Jonathan Malcolm.
Biggest ring winners on the WSOP circuit:
Maurice Hawkins (USA) – 15
Ari Engel (Canada) – 15
Joshua Reichard (USA) – 14
Daniel Lowery (USA) – 13
Valentim Vornicu (Romania) – 12
Jeffrey Trudeau Jr. (USA) – 10
Robert Hankins (USA) – 10
Martin Ryan (Trinidad and Tobago ) – 10
David Larson (USA) – 10