Croatian Ivan Zufic finished on top to win $198,000 after defeating Alex Foxen ($128,700) in heads-up play in the third event of the 2022 Aria High Roller Series. The tournament saw 33 entries create a prize pool of $495,000 in the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, and five players made it into the money.
Sean Perry ($79,200), Daniel Negreanu ($54,450), and Johan Guilbert ($34,650) round out those who were able to grab a piece of the prize pool. Foxen, Perry, and Negreanu all cashed for the second consecutive day, after finishing in third, fourth, and fifth respectively in Event #2.
When nine players remained, those in contention converged on the final table, and Jeremy Ausmus was the first to make his exit. Negreanu then made a nut flush on the river against Foxen to take the chip lead, and eliminated Vikenty Shegal soon after.
It would take over an hour until the next elimination, when Sean Winter hit the rail after losing a flip to Jake Schindler. With players one away from the money bubble, there would be at least five doubles and it would take almost two hours until the next elimination occurred when Schindler’s pocket queens ended up being no good when Zufic flopped a pair of aces.
Guilbert soon made his exit in fifth place after being eliminated by Zufic, and four-handed play then lasted around an hour and a half before Negreanu was ousted in fourth. His flopped pair of aces were ahead against Foxen’s pocket eights, but an eight on the turn dealt a devastating blow and his run came to an end.
The three remaining players swapped chips around with the rising blinds until Perry fell to Zufic in third place. Perry called off the rest of his stack on a completed board and had run into Zufic’s rivered trips, sending him home and leaving Zufic with more than three times as many chips as Foxen.
There was a short break before the start of the heads-up match, and on the second hand, Foxen’s chips went in with pocket sevens against Zufic’s pocket fives. A five hit the flop, and the board ran out blanks to knock out Foxen and leave Zufic with all of the chips and the $198,000 top prize.
According to Hendon Mob, Zufic earned his biggest live cash back in June 2021 with a runner-up finish in the $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em – U.S. Poker Open #11, and now claims his first victory inside the PokerGO Studio.
With the result, Perry reclaims the second spot on the 2022 PokerGO Tour Leaderboard with 859 points, Foxen moves up to sixth with 498 points, and Negreanu gets bumped up to eighth on the leaderboard with 360 points.
2022 Aria High Roller Series Event #3 Results
|2||Alex Foxen||United States||$128,700|
|3||Sean Perry||United States||$79,200|