2021 World Series of Poker

Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
Day: 4
Event Info

2021 World Series of Poker

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
150,000 / 300,000
Players Info - Day 4
Players Left

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

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

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