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Biography

Alan "Ari" Engel is a Canadian poker player and two-time WSOP bracelet winner. Engel has cashed for over $7.4 million as of October 2021.

Biography

As a child, Engel spent 14 hours a day reading sacred texts at an Orthodox Jewish theological school near Chicago. His father was a rabbi, and after graduating from New York University in a double major in finance and business management, Engel had hoped to end up on Wall Street.

However, poker had other ideas. Ten days after turning $150 into $15,000 playing online, Engel quit his job to devote himself to poker full time.

Engel eventually headed to Las Vegas, cashing in the WSOP for the first time in 2006. Two years later he cashed at the Aussie Millions in Melbourne for the first time, and by 2011 he was playing in Europe. He finished sixth in the EPT Prague Main Event for over $150,000, the biggest cash of his career.

Throughout his career, Engel would amass cashes in the Philippines, England, Spain, Peru and his native Canada.

2016 Aussie Millions

In 2016, Engel won the Aussie Millions Main Event for A$1.6 million (~$1.1 million). He defeated Tony Dunst heads-up at a final table featuring Samantha Abernathy and Kitty Kuo.

Engel also finished tenth in the 2018 Aussie Millions Main Event, and picked up a second Aussie Millions ring in 2019.

Engel at the World Series of Poker

Over the course of his career, Engel has won ten WSOP Circuit rings and two bracelets. His first came in 2019, winning Event #48: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em for $427,399.

In 2021, he doubled his tally with victory in Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship. He defeated Zachary Milchman after a six-hour heads-up battle.

Covered Events

Event Place Prize
2021 World Series of Poker
Event #27: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E
10th $9,393
2021 World Series of Poker
Event #21: $1,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
23rd $5,627
2021 World Series of Poker
Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
1st $317,076
2021 World Series of Poker
Event #5: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
41st $3,634
2021 WSOP.com PA Online Bracelet Events
Event #3: $3,200 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller
28th $1,830
2021 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #23: $500 NLH Turbo
19th $1,843
2021 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #21: $600 PLO 6-Handed
59th $1,130
2021 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #10: $333 No-Limit Hold'em
182nd $501
$10,000 Wynn Millions ($10M GTD)
$10,000 Wynn Millions ($10M GTD)
41st $57,952
2020 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #29: $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack
3rd $130,292
2020 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #15: $1,000 PLO 8-Max HR
71st $1,827
2020 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #9: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Max
103rd $1,754
2020 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #4: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo
16th $3,502
2020 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #3: $400 No-Limit Hold'em
76th $1,280
2020 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #1: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Kick-Off
242nd $772
2020 Borgata Spring Poker Open Online Series
Event #12 High: $20,000 GTD NLH
9th $808
2020 Borgata Spring Poker Open Online Series
Event #10 High: $10,000 GTD PLO8
2nd $2,330
2020 Borgata Winter Poker Open
$3,500 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship
24th $23,728
2019 PokerStars.es EPT Barcelona
€2,200 EPT National High Roller
6th €88,470
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #84: The Closer - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
55th $8,379
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #69: $1,000 Mini Main Event
593rd $1,843
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #60: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
10th $15,871
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #48: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em
1st $427,399
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #42: $600 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em / Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack
91st $1,554
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #34: $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold'em
53rd $12,670
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #12: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty
327th $1,000
2018 PokerStars EPT Prague
€1,100 EPT National
232nd €2,040
2018 PokerStars.es EPT Barcelona
€1,100 EPT National
55th €9,500
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #75: $1,500 The Closer No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) - $1 Million Guarantee
372nd $2,335
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #72: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed
106th $2,240
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #68: $1,000 + 111 The Little One for One Drop No-Limit Hold'em
676th $1,500
2018 Aussie Millions
$10,600 Main Event
10th 120,000 AUD
2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
$25,000 High Roller
12th $60,980
2017 Playground Poker Club and partypoker World Cup of Cards
$2,200 partypoker Canadian Poker Championships
39th 9,000 CAD
2017 PokerStars Championship Barcelona
€10,300 High Roller
49th €22,150
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #56: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em
13th $25,365
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #51: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
17th $16,675
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #47: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MONSTER STACK
263rd $5,415
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #5: THE COLOSSUS III - $565 No-Limit Hold'em
843rd $1,778
2017 partypoker LIVE Million North America
Main Event
5th 238,350 CAD
2017 PokerStars Championship Panama
Main Event
68th $7,720
2016 PokerStars EPT Season 13 Prague
€10,300 High Roller
27th €31,190
2016 PokerStars EPT Season 13 Prague
€5,300 Main Event
190th €7,560
2016 PokerStars.es EPT Season 13 Barcelona
€10,300 High Roller
5th €307,900
2016 Aussie Millions
Event #11: $10,600 Main Event
1st 1,600,000 AUD
2016 Aussie Millions
Event #5: $1,150 Mix-Max No-Limit Hold'em
2nd 34,155 AUD
2016 Aussie Millions
Event #3: $1,150 Shot Clock Shootout
9th 3,875 AUD
2015 partypoker WPT Canadian Spring Championship
Main Event
17th 12,090 CAD
2014 PokerStars.com EPT Season 11 Prague
€10,300 High Roller
19th €32,900
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #60: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
50th $9,688
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #48: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low
99th $2,755
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #45: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
28th $7,323
2013 PokerStars.com EPT Prague
€5,300 Main Event
37th €18,400
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #46: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low 8-or-Better
17th $10,699
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #42: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
71st $4,072
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #36: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
92nd $5,555
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
78th $5,271
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #7: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
50th $5,075
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #3: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
106th $2,961
2012-13 World Series of Poker Circuit Event - Harrah's Tunica
Main Event
34th $4,136
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 38: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
191st $3,079
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 25: $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout
49th $3,088
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 14: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
24th $5,295
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 9: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry
25th $22,885
2011 PokerStars.com EPT Prague
Main Event
6th €125,000
2011 World Series of Poker
Event #41: $1,500 Limit Hold’em Shootout
10th $10,378
2010-11 World Series of Poker Circuit - Harrah's Chester
Main Event
4th $31,179
2009 World Series of Poker Circuit - Council Bluffs
$5,150 Circuit Championship Main Event
6th $18,837