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25-year old Harrison Gimbel (cover image) claimed his first World Poker Tour (WPT) title at the Rolling Thunder Main Event for $275,112. Gimbel won after a tough heads up against pro Mohsin “chicagocards1”Charania, who was gunning for his third WPT title. Charania made a second place finish for $192,132. With this, Gimbel now has $3,737,806 in career live tournament earnings.
Charania, 31, has a poker bio that boasts a best live cash of $1,782,343 and total live earnings of $4,932,101. He has numerous deep runs at international tournaments, as well as two WPT and EPT titles to his credit.
Ankush Mandavia was another of the notables present and had the chip lead on Day 2 of the event. Mandavia narrowly missed the final table making an eighth place finish in the event. However, he more than made up for it by winning the WPT California Swing Package, which includes a host of goodies for coming WPT events, such as free luxury hotel stay and more. The WPT California Swing is an offer that awards points to players who participate in all the three WPT events, Bay 101 Shooting Star, Rolling Thunder and the L.A. Poker Classic.
Harrison Gimbel won the Main Event, along with the lion’s share of $275,112 from a prize pool of $1,308,800. Besides beating a player-field of 409 entries, Gimbel overcame Mohsin Charania in a thrilling finale, which lasted for 115 hands, more than the initial 107 hands that it took for the eliminating rest of the final table.
The six-handed final table started off with slow play and the first elimination came only on Hand 57. Gimbel busted Derek Wolters at sixth place for $54,970.
Ten hands later, Russell Garrett eliminated Hafiz Khan at fifth place and shortly after, Gimbel again moved to rail Markus Gonsalves at fourth place. Charania then doubled up through Garett and finally eliminated the latter at third place for $123,682.
Heads up was a thrilling face-off between Charania and Gimbel. The final hand saw Gimbel trailing with a five four suited against Charania’s king queen suited. The flop and turn improved Gimbel to a pair of fives and the blank river gave him the title. Charania settled for a runner-up finish with $192,132 for his efforts.
1. Harrison Gimbel – $275,112
2. Mohsin Charania – $192,132
3. Russell Garrett – $123,682
4. Markus Gonsalves – $91,616
5. Hafiz Khan – $68,712
6. Derek Wolters – $54,970