Ari Engel Captures 16th WSOP Circuit Ring to Dethrone Maurice Hawkins

Ari Engel Captures 16th WSOP Circuit Ring to Dethrone Maurice Hawkins

Ari Engel entered the $400 buy-in Omaha/8 event at the World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) stop in Hammond, Indiana tied for first with 15 rings, and exited the tournament on Tuesday alone at the top.

The Canadian poker star outlasted 117 entries to win $10,749, defeating Tan Nguyen heads-up for the title in the process. Engel won his third Circuit ring at Horseshoe Hammond, a popular card room not far from Chicago. Nguyen, an Indiana resident, received $6,643 for his second-place finish.

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Engel Does it Again

In May, Maurice Hawkins claimed his 15th WSOPC ring at Harrah's Cherokee in North Carolina, putting him alone in first place all-time. But Engel tied him up with his 14th and 15th ring at Graton Resort & Casino in August.

Josh Reichard, who won his 14th last spring, had been just one off the lead. That all changed on Tuesday when Engel extended his previously shared record with Hawkins, while Reichard is now two wins behind.

Engel, who is also a two-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner, now has $8.4 million in live tournament cashes, according to The Hendon Mob.

WSOPC Hammond Event #7 Final Table Results

1Ari Engel$10,749
2Tan Nguyen$6,643
3Joseph Chiaro$4,545
4Alejandro Mitre$3,200
5Jeffrey Aaron$2,323
6Michael Boik$1,737
7Anthony Dejesus$1,341
8Derrick Rose$1,070
9Robert Williams$883

History of Success

Poker commentator Norman Chad laid out some stats on X that showed just how dominant Engel has been over the years in Circuit events, and also bracelet events.

Engel's first Circuit ring came in 2007 in Atlantic City. But his dominance in WSOPC events has gone to the next level this year with not one, not two, not three, not four, but five rings in 2023, and there's still nearly three months left to rack up some more. His WSOP bracelets came in 2019 and 2021, one in no-limit hold'em and the other in Omaha/8. He's proven he can win at a high level in both hold'em and non-hold'em variants.

Ari Engel's WSOP Circuit Rings

October 2023WSOPC Hammond Event #7: $400 Omaha/8$400$10,749
August 2023WSOPC Graton Event #11: Pot-Limit Big O$400$6,564
August 2023WSOPC Graton Event #10: H.O.R.S.E.$400$6,647
July 2023WSOPC MI Event #12 - $20,000 NLH 6-Max$215$8,926
March 2023WSOPC PA Super Series Event #18 - $50,000 NLH Main Event 8-Max$525$22,546
February 2022WSOPC NV/NJ $50,000 GTD PLO BIG $500 6-Max 3x Re-entry$500$14,412
February 2021WSOPC Planet Hollywood Event #3: $50,000 GTD PLO BIG $500 6-Max$500$16,350
March 2018WSOPC The Bike Event #5: $365 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better$365$9,730
March 2016WSOPC NJ Event #7: $580 No-Limit Hold'em$580$17,221
October 2014WSOPC Hammond Event #6: $580 H.O.R.S.E.$580$17,921
August 2013WSOPC Foxwoods$580$29,634
February 2013WSOPC Palm Beach Event #7: No-Limit Hold'em$580$26,501
October 2012WSOPC Hammond Event #8: No-Limit Hold'em$1,125$55,503
May 2012WSOPC Philadelphia Event #6: Mixed Pot Limit Hold'em/Pot Limit Omaha$345$8,292
April 2009WSOPC Las Vegas Event #16: $1,060 Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em$1,060$22,353
March 2007WSOPC Atlantic City Event #3: $300 No-Limit Hold'em$300$63,018