Harrison Gimbel

Even though he was born in 1990, Harrison Gimbel was still a product of the Moneymaker effect.

Even though he was born in 1990, Harrison Gimbel was still a product of the Moneymaker effect. Astonishingly, he has been playing poker for over half of his life since he was introduced to the game by his brother back in 2003. For the Florida native, he knew right away that he had found his calling in the form of cards:

‘I was just a freshman in high school, but I knew I wanted to be a professional poker player . . . I was secretive about it. I know poker isn’t something that most people aspire to in their teens, but that’s honestly how I felt’.

Like many young players that become obsessed with the game, Harrison’s commitment to school waned as his interest in poker continued to grow. He turned pro around 2008 and had to rely on his brother’s support to convince the rest of the family that it was a smart move.

Within two years, Gimbel didn’t need his brother to do the talking – he let his results do it instead. After grinding up a bankroll playing online on PokerStars (as ‘gibler123’) and on FullTilt (as ‘this is punny’), he stepped onto the live circuit in 2009. Most impressively, he won three of the first four live tournaments he ever cashed in – and these weren’t just any old wins. In 2010, Gimbel won the $10,000 NLH Main Event at the PCA for a massive $2,200,000 – it marked his second live tournament score and second live tournament win. Although he had a backer which meant splitting the profits 50/50, Harrison’s victory did enough to prove to his parents that he had put his money where his mouth was. To win the top prize, he navigated past a field of veterans that included all-time great Phil Ivey, German talent Tobias Reinkemeier and high roller regular Bryn Kenney. Before the year played out, the American pocketed another $330,000 after a third tournament win that saw him accumulate over $2,500,000 in less than 18 months on the live circuit.

After a collection of smaller WPT wins and a number of deep runs in big events, Gimbel won his second major title in 2016 when he took down the $3,500 NLH WPT Main Event in Lincoln for $275,112.

2017 saw Harrison become one of few players to accomplish the Triple Crown in poker – a status that requires victories at major events in each the EPT, WPT and WSOP. The achievement was earned after the American won a gold bracelet in the $3,000 NLH event at the WSOP for a massive $645,922 after beating fellow American and pro Chance Kornuth in a competitive heads-up battle.

Gimbel now lives with his brother in Florida but continues to spend a number of months each year travelling to play live poker. His combined winnings in the live and online world now exceed $7,500,000.

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