It has recently been announced that PokerGO would be streaming the final tables of Aria High Roller Series events. And the first tournaments to be streamed took place late last week and during the weekend. As usual, Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas drew some of the best high roller players who once again delivered quality action at the gaming venue’s poker tables. This time poker enthusiasts from all over the world were able to witness fierce poker battles from the comfort of their homes.
A record was broken during the latest edition of the Aria High Roller Series and it is one worthy of being presented in a bit more detail. Popular poker pro Tom Marchese scooped a record ninth Aria High Roller title late last week. The player bested the field of a $10,000 tournament and collected $116,000 for his growing poker bankroll.
Prior to that latest victory, the player was tied with Cary Katz, both holding eight Aria High Roller titles. It can be said that $25,000 buy-in tournaments have been Marchese’s forte but apparently he did more than well in the $10,000 last week. Here it is also important to note that with his participation and eventual triumph in the high roller tournament, the popular player scored his 26th in-the-money Aria High Roller finish. Katz is leading in that particular ranking with 31 cashes.
The $10,000 buy-in tournament attracted 29 seasoned players who created a prize pool of $290,000. The money was split among the top five finishers and Eric Baldwin ($75,400), Jim Carroll ($46,400), Jake Schindler ($29,000), and Sam Soverel ($23,200) were the other four players to collect a payout.
Scott Seiver Takes Down a $25,000 Buy-In Event
Scott Seiver, another Aria Casino regular, was too among the big winners this weekend. The player won a $25,000 buy-in tournament for a first-place prize of $270,000. Combined with his previous in-the-money finishes, the player now has more than $23 million in live tournament winnings, and ranks third in the all-time money list.
The $25,000 High Roller took place over two days. As many as 20 entries joined the event’s field on Day 1 and by the end of the day, there were only five of them left. They were led namely by Seiver into the second day of action. The prize pool of $500,000 was split among the top three finishers.
Seiver entered the final day of play with a total of 842,000 in chips. The player held more than two times more chips than the next in the chip counts chart. Cary Katz was the player to enter Day 2 of the event second in chips with a total of 376,000. Eventually, Seiver faced Brent Hanks heads-up.
And it was a tough match, with chips swinging back and forth for some time. The moment of victory came when Hanks shoved for his last 215,000 with [Ah][3s] and Seiver called instantly with [10d][10c]. The board brought [Ks][5s][Jc][3d][5d], securing Seiver with the better two pair, the title, and the first-place payout.