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Engel Earns Seventh WSOPC Final Berth
Serial World Series of Poker Circuit finalist Ari Engel has done it again.
Engel, who has six WSOPC final table appearances since 2007, five in the past three years and two already this year, has earned a spot in the final nine at the $1,600 WSOPC Harrah's Chester main event in Pennsylvania.
A total of 269 players entered the event Sunday, ensuring the top 28 would get paid with $94,901 reserved for the winner.
The field was whittled down to 55 on the first day and to a final table of nine Monday with Ramana Epparla holding the lead after miraculously cracking Michael DePasquale kings by hitting a gutshot on the river with 11 players remaining.
Epparla is a 46-year-old Reading, PA business owner and married father of three looking to make his first major cash.
Engel, a 27-year-old poker pro and coach from Las Vegas via Brooklyn, NY, sits in the middle of the pack.
2005 WPT Borgata Open championship event finalist Robert Hwang also made the final and with $1 million in lifetime earnings, he appears to be the most experienced in the group, but currently sits amongst the shortest stacks.
Here's how the chip stacks look coming into Tuesday's final:
1 Ramana Epparla 1,950,000
2 Ed Cotter 686,000
3 Kenny Nguyen 622,000
4 Robert Scott 467,000
5 Huy Nguyen 429,000
6 Ari Engel 411,000
7 Ryan Waddell 321,000
8 Robert Hwang 274,000
9 Sean Knitter 226,000