20 year old Harrison Gimbel has won the inaugural World Poker Tour Regional Series event at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Florida. The youngster from South Florida topped a 289 strong field, picking up $330,000 for his efforts.
A deal was struck at the heads up stage, but the payout still marked the biggest in the history of poker tournaments in Florida. The total prize pool for this $5,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament was an impressive $1.4 million.
The tournament was also the World Poker Tour’s first time in Florida, a venture which came about after the state relaxed betting legislation in the Summer and the event drew plenty of famous poker playing faces, including the likes of Josh Arieh, Jason Mercier, Jeff Madsen and Joe Serock.
Gimbel is not unknown to the poker playing locals, as he won the 2009 Florida State Championships Main Event in the Summer of 2009, scoring $67,860 in the process. The Floridian then earned recognition from the wider poker world by winning a $1,000 Super Satellite to the PokerStars NAPT Caribbean Adventure in January, before going on to win the event, aged just 19 at the time, picking up a handsome $2.2 million in prize money.