Ari Engel Finds a Cash and Harrison Gimbel Wins WPT Rolling Thunder for $275,112
The final stop of World Poker Tour’s (WPT) California Swing has come to an end with Harrison Gimbel getting his name engraved on the cup and winning $275,112.
The three-event leg of the tour begins with WPT L.A. Poker Classic, continues with WPT Bay 101 in San Diego, and concludes with WPT Rolling Thunder in Sacremento. The third stop is the lowest priced of the three with a buy-in of $3,500, and 409 entries created a total purse of $1,308,800 to play for.
Two Day 1 entry flights ran on March 12 and 13. The first saw 200 entries whittled down to 102 players by the end of the day and Chance Kornuth led the field with 178,100. A notable Canadian also bagged and comfortable number of chips. Mike Leah finished the day with 91,800.
Day 1b concluded with 99 players still holding chips, but none with more than Ankush Mandavia with 184,500. Ari Engel (81,300) and Canadian WPT Champions Club members Sheraz Nasir (62,200) and Matt Salsberg (45,600) survived the day as well.
After returning to Day 2 with the largest stack, Ankush Mandavia went wire to wire to bag the chip lead again, headed to Day 3 with 937,500. Ari Engel (72,500) was the only Canadian to make it through with 52 players remaining and 45 of them set to earn a prize.
Shortly after the money bubble burst early in Day 3, the sole Canadian, Ari Engel, was eliminated in 39th place to earn a min-cash of $7,329.
Play continued until just six players remained to return for a final day. Russell Garrett held the chip lead of 3,686,000 with Harrison Gimbel not far behind with 3,315,000. Mohsin Charania had the third-best stack of 2,716,000 while Markus Gonsalves (1,258,000), Hafiz Khan (754,000), and Derek Wolters (544,000) rounded out the lower half of the final six.
On the final table, Derek Wolters was the first to be eliminated, earning $54,970 for his run. Next out was Hafiz Khan ($68,712) and then Markus Gonsalves ($91,616).
Down to three-handed play, the final players were now guaranteed six-figure payouts, and Russell Garrett was the first to collect. He earned $123,682 for third place, leaving Mohsin Charania and Harrison Gimbel heads-up for the title.
Charania was looking for his third WPT title which would put him among poker’s most elite, but Gimbel denied him. Charania had to settle for second place and $192,132 while Gimbel became a WPT Champion for the first time and earned $275,112.
The next major WPT event that should see a bit of a Canadian presence will be WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown starting April 15. Check back with us after that tournament to see how players from our country fared.
Details and photos courtesy of the WPT Live Updates.