2021 World Series of Poker

Event Info

Buy-in $10,000
Prize Pool $1,193,600
Players 134

Level Info

Level 27
Limits 150,000 / 300,000
Ante 0

Players Info - Day 4

Players Left 1
Entries 5
Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
Day 4 Completed

Ari Engel Scores Wins Second WSOP Bracelet in Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship; Hellmuth Fifth

connorrichards • Level 27: 150,000-300,000, 0 ante
Ari Engel
Ari Engel

Ari Engel of Canada earned his second career bracelet by winning Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship at the 2021 World Series of Poker. Engel won after an epic heads-up battle against Zachary Milchman that lasted six hours and ended in a hand where Engel's two pair was good against his opponent's pair of eights.

With the victory, Engel secured a $317,076 cash and a coveted WSOP bracelet while Milchman, a Floridian who was after his first bracelet, earned a payday of $195,968 for his runner-up finish.

Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Ari EngelCanada$317,076
2Zachary MilchmanUnited States$195,968
3Andrew YehUnited States$143,988
4Eddie BlumenthalUnited States$107,204
5Phil HellmuthUnited States$80,894
6George WolffUnited States$61,877
7Robert MizrachiUnited States$47,987
8Ben LandowskiUnited States$37,738
9Khamar XaytavoneUnited States$30,102

Engel, who won his first bracelet in Event #48: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em at the 2019 WSOP, had to get through a field of 134 runners that included many of the biggest names in poker, including Erik Seidel, Mike Matusow, Shaun Deeb and Phil Hellmuth — who was seeking a record-setting 16th bracelet but ultimately fell short when he was eliminated in fifth place in the first level of play on Day 4.

Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth missed out on a sixteenth bracelet after finishing in fifth place.

Engel entered the final day with a big chip lead and used it to his advantage by putting pressure on his opponents, including Andrew Yeh and Eddie Blumenthal, both of whom were eliminated by the eventual champion.

“In these kinds of situations, it’s a balance between wanting to put pressure on other players who presumably want to move up, and then at the same time kind of protecting your own chip lead," Engel told PokerNews about his strategy entering the day. “You’ve got to strike the right balance depending on how the other players are playing and how the stacks work out.”

Engel had Milchman down to under a million chips at a point, but his heads-up opponent always found a way to climb back and the two exchanged chip leads multiple times throughout heads-up play.

“He played amazing and I easily could have lost it," Engel said. "It’s not like I was crushing him or anything close to that.”

Anyone in the Amazon Room at the Rio on Thursday likely heard the screams and cheers of a rambunctious group of Engel's friends on the rail — a group that Jason Koon at one point asked to quiet down as he played for all the marbles in an adjacent tournament.

“It’s rare for me to have a crazy rail like I had today, so that’s really exciting that I did have so many friends around," said Engel. "It made it all the sweeter.”

That wraps up the PokerNews live reporting team's coverage of the Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship, but be sure to check out the WSOP reporting portal for additional coverage.

Tags: Andrew YehAri EngelEddie BlumenthalErik SeidelMike MatusowPhil HellmuthShaun DeebZachary Milchman

Ari Engel Wins Second Career Bracelet in Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship

KaleGozer • Level 27: 150,000-300,000, 0 ante
Ari Engel
Ari Engel

Ari Engel is now a two-time bracelet winner after topping Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship at the 2021 World Series of Poker. The Canadian star won his second career bracelet after a victory in the $2,500 NLHE event back in 2019 and received $317,076 for his accomplishment.

All eyes were on Phil Hellmuth at the start of the day as 'The Poker Brat' was in search for an unprecedented sixteenth bracelet, but Hellmuth wasn't able to spin his short stack up and finished in fifth place.

A full recap of the day is to follow.

Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Ari EngelCanada$317,076
2Zachary MilchmanUnited States$195,968
3Andrew YehUnited States$143,988
4Eddie BlumenthalUnited States$107,204
5Phil HellmuthUnited States$80,894
6George WolffUnited States$61,877
7Robert MizrachiUnited States$47,987
8Ben LandowskiUnited States$37,738
9Khamar XaytavoneUnited States$30,102
Ari Engel
Ari Engel

Tags: Ari EngelPhil Hellmuth

Zachary Milchman Eliminated in 2nd Place ($195,968)

OHairDJ • Level 27: 150,000-300,000, 0 ante
Zachary Milchman
Zachary Milchman

In what would end up being the final hand of the tournament, Ari Engel raised on the button and Zachary Milchman called.

The flop came {10-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{j-Spades} and Milchman checked. Engel bet and Milchman went deep into the tank before deciding to raise. Engel made it three bets to go and Milchman called off for his remaining chips.

Zachary Milchman: {8-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}
Ari Engel: {a-Spades}{10-Spades}{4-Spades}{3-Hearts}

The {q-Hearts} turn and {q-Diamonds} river completed the board — leaving Engel best with queens and tens and eliminating Milchman in second place.

Stay tuned for a recap of this prestigious championship event!

Ari Engel ca
Ari Engel
ca 8,000,000 700,000
Zachary Milchman us
Zachary Milchman
us Busted

Engel Widening The Gap

OHairDJ • Level 27: 150,000-300,000, 0 ante
Ari Engel
Ari Engel

Zachary Milchman raised on the button and Ari Engel called.

Both players checked on the {7-Hearts}{9-Spades}{9-Clubs} flop.

Engel then check-raised a bet from Milchman on the {a-Diamonds} turn and Milchman called.

Engel bet a final time on the {j-Spades} river and Milchman gave up his hand.

Ari Engel ca
Ari Engel
ca 6,600,000 1,100,000
Zachary Milchman us
Zachary Milchman
us 1,400,000 -1,100,000

Full House for Engel

connorrichards • Level 27: 150,000-300,000, 0 ante

In a single-raised pot, Zachary Milchman check-called a bet from Ari Engel on a flop of {4-Spades}{7-Clubs}{9-Clubs}.

Milchman called again when Engel bet on the {j-Hearts} turn and once more on the {9-Diamonds} river.

Engel took the pot down when he showed {q-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{6-Spades}{4-Diamonds} for a full house.

Ari Engel ca
Ari Engel
ca 5,500,000 100,000
Zachary Milchman us
Zachary Milchman
us 2,500,000 -100,000

Tags: Ari Engel

Milchman Hanging Tough

OHairDJ • Level 27: 150,000-300,000, 0 ante
Zachary Milchman
Zachary Milchman

Zachary Milchman completed from the button and Ari Engel checked his option.

Both players checked on the {k-Spades}{2-Hearts}{a-Diamonds} flop and Engel check-called a bet from Milchman on the {10-Clubs} turn.

The {k-Clubs} completed the board and Engel check-folded after facing another bet from Milchman.

Ari Engel ca
Ari Engel
ca 5,400,000 -200,000
Zachary Milchman us
Zachary Milchman
us 2,600,000 200,000

Chop it up!

OHairDJ • Level 27: 150,000-300,000, 0 ante

There have been an inordinate amount of chop pots at showdown as of late. The chip counts have not moved significantly in either direction for a while.

Ari Engel ca
Ari Engel
ca 4,500,000 -400,000
Zachary Milchman us
Zachary Milchman
us 3,500,000 400,000