Harrison Gimbel Wins 2010 WPT FloridaNovember 23, 2010 12:40 pm
Florida resident Harrison Gimbel has just won the 2010 WPT Florida, after defeating a field of 289 players over three days to take down the title and collect the $330,000 top prize.
When Gimbel was just 19 years old, he famously won the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in January 2010 for $2.2 million. Now aged 20, he has booked yet another impressive victory and added the WPT title to his growing list of poker achievements.
Following his amazing victory, Gimbel commented; “I wanted to represent South Florida and win it for South Florida.”
Now with $2,641,050 in live tournament earnings and $1,253,354 from online play (gibler123), Harrison Gimbel is truly showing himself a force to be reckoned with in the poker world.
However, it will be a while before we see him compete at the World Series Of Poker, which has a required minimum age of 21 years. After all, Gimbel won’t reach the requisite age until October 2011.
“I won’t get to play in the World Series of Poker even next year,” commented Gimbel.
The young Florida pro from Jupiter entered the $5,000 WPT tournament along with 289 other hopefuls including such top players as Jason Mercier, Josh Arieh, Jeff Madsen, Joe Serock, Shannon Shorr, and Allie Prescott.
The poker tournament held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, was the biggest buy-in ever since Florida state changed its poker laws earlier this year.
Gimbel very nearly found himself out of the tournament on the first day, after going all-in with Q-9 against Adam Adler’s A-Q. With the board falling 8-8-3-Q, Gimbel had already said his goodbyes when a miracle 9 fell on the river to keep his tournament hopes alive.
Eventually, Gimbel made it all the way to the final table and after Fred Goldberg of Plantation was eliminated in 3rd ($144,733), a deal was struck between Gimbel and his heads-up opponent Ruberto.
With a wide disparity between a first prize worth $381,564 and a second prize of $233,678, Gimbel accepted Ruberto’s offer and walked away with the trophy and $330,000 richer.
“All I had my mind on was first.” commented Gimbel after his incredible victory. “I couldn’t even tell you what the other payouts were.”