Top 2010 Poker Player Stories: #31 – Harrison Gimbel
2010 marks a special year for me, and one that I will remember as a “poker year” as really, that has been my profession throughout the last 12 months. It wasn’t really something that I expected, or even planned for. But it happened nonetheless, and I’m happy that it has. Every year around this time I find myself heading over to the website of a friend of mine, Andrew Seely. Andrew frequents my home game, and he annually expresses himself in a December Tradition that he entitles “The December Photo Project.” The project has Andrew taking random photo’s of himself throughout his day, every day in the month of December, and posting them onto the web for all to see. As I reflected on this year, there were some players that immediately stuck out in my mind, and it hit me, I wanted to create a December project of my own. So I decided that I would profile what I felt were the 31 Poker Player Stories that have impacted me the most, or that I remember as being significant during the 2010 Calendar year. I think that around this time of year, everyone loves lists of the year that was, and this is merely a look at the poker industry through my eyes, and things that I’ll remember throughout the year. So with that, I’ll get started with Harrison Gimbel.
Not really a name that jumps out to most people, Harrison Gimbel is a “newby” as far as poker players are concerned. When I went to his Hendon Mob Profile, I noticed that the first score of his career was a 1st place finish at the $800 buy in No Limit Hold’em Championship event of the Florida State Poker Championships. Gimbel booked $67,860 for the win, not a bad start to your poker career.
The remaining entries on his profile all included scores from 2010, beginning with a $1,060 Super Satellite to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. Gimbel won his seat in the PCA with a $10,300 score along with 30 others, and then parlayed that win into another in the Main Event. The PCA Main Event attracted a field of 1,529 players for the $10,000 event, and Gimbel bested them all. In a final table with the likes of Ryan D’Angelo and Barry Shulman, it was Gimbel who would get the biggest jump start to the year with a $2,200,000 first place prize.
Since that win, Gimbel wasn’t heard from again until April when he finished in 39th place at the European Poker Tour Stop at the $5,000 Main Event in San Remo. The cash was worth €22,000 ($29,890 USD), and marked the first time that he’d cashed in a major tournament without winning it. So not to let us down, Gimbel would go for gold again, this time in the World Poker Tour Regional Series at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood Florida. The WPT Regional Main Event was a $5,000 buy in, and fielded 298 players that all looked up to Gimbel at the end, as he claimed the victory and banked another $330,000 score for the first place prize.
While he’s not yet a household name, Gimbel will likely be a player that we’ll keep a very close eye on in 2011 to see if he can build on the more than $2.5 million in earnings that he’s mustered this year alone. Still under the age of 21, Gimbel may have a shot at becoming the next Annette Obrestad when he’s able to take his game to Vegas in 2012.