Ari Engel came onto this final table of the partypoker Million North America as the chip leader, and was likely the most feared player on a stacked table. Currently chasing the #1 spot in the 2017 Player of the Year Race, Ari surely only had one idea in mind: becoming the tournament champion.
He came out swinging in his usual manner, however a few tough spots saw his starting stack get cut in half as the day moved forward. With around 25 big blinds left, he was faced with an all-in from short-stacked Philippe D’Auteuil, and made the call for roughly half of his stack. Ari’s was in a dominating spot, however Philippe caught a runner runner flush with on a board to secure his double-up.
Ari became the short-stack himself after the hand, and let a few hands pass before taking advantage of an unopened pot from the button. He moved all-in, and was looked up by his Philippe in the big blind.
Ari connected with the board, but not enough to overcome the pocket pair of his nemesis, and was eliminated in 5th place. A $235,000 prize is waiting for him at the cash as he adds yet another final table score to his impressive resume.
5th place: Ari Engel – $238,350.00