WSOP 2019: Ari Engel, Luke Schwartz win maiden bracelets
Event #48: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em
“Never give up. With us huge field no limit players, you play these expecting to win one in a lifetime. It’s a relief to not mess it up, because usually, I mess it up,” said a happy Ari Engel after he shipped his first ever WSOP tournament. The Canadian player recently took down Event #48 at WSOP 2019, taking his career live winnings past $6.5 million.
He beat a total field of 996 entries in this particular tournament before emerging champion and taking away another handsome pay-cheque of $427,399. It is 15 years since Engel started playing poker and he had so many major wins except the bracelet, which is now also accomplished. Here, he beat Uruguay's Pablo Melogno in heads-up to win the title!
Final Table Results:
- Ari Engel - $427,399
- Pablo Melogno - $264,104
- Wilbern Hoffman - $186,392
- Ben Keeline - $133,306
- David 'Bakes' Baker - $96,632
- James Hughes - $71,010
- Truyen Nguyen - $52,909
- Ryan Olisar - $39,980
- Josh Arieh - $30,643
Event #49: $10k Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship
In this tournament, we had a smaller field of 100 entries obviously because of the much higher buy-in attached to it. Again though, it was a first-time WSOP winner as 35-year-old British player Luke Schwartz walked away with a maiden WSOP bracelet and of course, $273,336 in prize money.
"It feels pretty good, pretty relieving. It's a nice thing to have as a poker player. Maybe the old me would've just got too frustrated and tilted but I just took a deep breath," said Schwartz after the victory. In heads-up, he got past USA's George Wolff after leading right from the start of the Final Table and only giving away that lead once momentarily.
Final Table Results:
- Luke Schwartz - $273,336
- George Wolff - $167,936
- Johannes Becker - $116,236
- Mark Gregorich - $81,635
- Yueqi Zhu - $58,547
- Calvin Anderson - $42,898
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