Kempe and Colman Score Big Wins at ARIA This Weekend

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This past weekend at ARIA left notable poker players with some large payouts to kick off March.

ARIA hosted three events: the ARIA $50K Super High Roller and two ARIA $25K High Rollers, all over $300K.

Rainer Kempe led the pack with the win for the $50K Super High Roller 16, taking $576,000.

This cash could be what sets Kempe up for 2017, having some larger scores in the recent past. He won last year’s Super High Roller Bowl for $5 million, positioned himself for third at the HK$250K Triton Super High Roller Six Max event and cashed at 18th in the WPT L.A. Poker Classic Main Event.

This 24-strong field had other notables cashing: Jan Schwippert (second, $311,040), Sean Winter (third; $172,800) and Cary Katz (fourth, $92,160).

The prize pool for the weekend event was $1,152,000.

To win it this time, Kempe turned a straight. Both Kempe and Schwippert had flush draws, with the latter holding a gut shot. The river card missed those draws, a brick that would work in the favor of Kempe, according to reporting from Poker Central.

Daniel Colman‘s second high roller win of 2017 was a large one and a first for him at ARIA.

Running in the same circles as Kempe, Colman’s first win came when he took the Triton Super High Roller Series HK$250K Six Max Event, obtaining about HK$3.6 million or $496,246.

This last Friday, Colman took a slightly smaller score but his first in an ARIA High Roller. His take in the $25K High Roller 53 was $342,240.

Of the 31 entries, he would walk away with the win. He snap called with ace-queen, trying to hold against Mateos’ king-eight, and succeeding with a queen on the river, according to Poker Central.

Others who made it to the star-studded final table with him included Adrian Mateos (second, 186,000), David Peters (third, $104,160), Bryn Kenney (fourth, $66,960) and Erik Seidel (fifth, $44,640).

Jake Schindler made his way out of a 33-entry $25K High Roller 52 at ARIA with $364,320, the first-place prize.

Schindler was followed by Claas Segebrecht (second, $198,000), Bryn Kenney (third, $110,880), Erik Seidel (fourth, $71,280) and Zachary Hyman (fifth, $47,520). This event kicked off the weekend with a few of the pros and a $792,000 prize pool.

Schindler’s grab boosted the American’s total live earnings ever so slightly to $8.6 million. His best live cash is still a little over $1.1 million.