Out-of-towners continued to collect championships at the Harrah’s Philadelphia World Series of Poker Circuit event. The two most recent winners were from California and Las Vegas, with the most impressive win being posted by Vegas pro and instructor Ari Engel in Event No. 6, a mixed game event featuring pot-limit hold’em and pot-limit Omaha.
Similar to the many pros who have descended on the Chester, Pa. casino, Engel is chasing points on the WSOP Circuit, and those points could catapult him to a seat in the Nartional Championship at the Rio casino in Vegas in July.
Engel flew to Philadelphia and took down the mixed game event, outclassing a field of 95 for nearly $8,300 but perhaps more importantly, he got enough points to get him to 82 ½ for the WSOP Circuit season.
Engel still needs more points since only the top 66 points-earners on the WSOP Circuit get into the freeroll. Right now, the bottom of the qualifying pack has about 100 points. There are several more events left at Harrah’s Philadelphia, and the last tournament of the Circuit season is in New Orleans later this month.
In Event No. 7, the winner was Sean Burson of Hidden Valley Lake, Calif., who took home $18,603. The points he got for the win gave him 107 ½. That’s good for the top 66—right now. Local top 10 finishers:
Event No. 6
6. Stephen Bent, Springfield, Pa, $1,483
Event No. 7
2. Rick Austin, Lansdale, Pa., $11.1636
6. Gordon Eng, Cliffside Park, N.J.
9. Kevin McColgan, Douglasville, Pa., $1,631