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The ARIA High Roller Series concluded from the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino, with the final four events of the year-long series crowning four champions and awarding much-needed PGT points.

The final four ARIA High Rollers of 2023 would all be $10,100 buy-in events, and Event #16 attracted 26 entrants, which paid the final four spots. Dan Smith claimed victory after defeating Isaac Kempton heads-up, while Shunsuke Tokoo and Andrew Lichtenberger finished in the money. Smith's win pushed him into the Top 40 on the PGT leaderboard. Event #17 attracted 25 entrants and would see Kempton improve on his runner-up finish the day prior when he defeated Maxx Coleman to win his second ARIA High Roller event of the year. Also in the money were Victoria Livschitz and Isaac Haxton.

Event #18 attracted 28 entrants as Seth Davies defeated Sam Soverel to score his first victory of the season. Soverel's runner-up finish saw him climb to fifth on the PGT leaderboard from his 22nd cash, while Erik Seidel finished third, and Smith finished fourth. The final event of the series saw 29 entrants as a few new faces joined the played group, having traveled from Hollywood, Florida, where the WPT Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open had just concluded. Recent Poker Masters crusher Vladas Tamasauskas won his third event of the season, defeating Chris Brewer, who moved into second place on the PGT leaderboard courtesy of his runner-up finish. Lichtenberger finished third for his second cash of the week, while Sean Winter and Joe McKeehen rounded out the final two spots.

Dan Smith Wins ARIA High Roller #16 

Place Player Prize PGT Points
1st Dan Smith $119,600 120
2nd Isaac Kempton $72,800 73 
3rd Shunsuke Tokoo $41,600 42
4th Andrew Lichtenberger $26,000 26

Isaac Kempton Wins 2nd ARIA High Roller Title of 2023

Place Player Prize PGT Points
1st Isaac Kempton $115,000 115
2nd Maxx Coleman $70,000 70
3rd Victoria Livschitz $40,000 40
4th Isaac Haxton $25,000 25

Seth Davies Scores 1st Win of Season

Place Player Prize PGT Points
1st Seth Davies $128,800 129
2nd Sam Soverel $78,400 78
3rd Erik Seidel $44,800 45
4th Dan Smith $28,000 28

Vladas Tamasausakas Wins 3rd Event of 2023

Place Player Prize PGT Points
1st Vladas Tamasauskas $116,000 116
2nd Chris Brewer $75,400 75
3rd Andrew Lichtenberger $46,400 46
4th Sean Winter $31,900 32
5th Joe McKeehen $20,300 20

PGT Leaderboard Top 40 Heading into WSOP Paradise

Isaac Haxton extended his lead on top, while Chris Brewer and Sam Soverel rose and solidified their spot in the top five. On the back of a win and runner-up finish, Isaac Kempton climbed to equal 16th, while Sean Winter moved into 19th. Maxx Coleman's runner-up finish to Kempton sees him move to 30th, while Andrew Lichtenberger and Dan Smith are on the fringe in 37th and 39th place following their two cashes each.

Rank Player PGT Points
1st Isaac Haxton 2,573
2nd Chris Brewer 2,371
3rd Daniel Weinman 2,300
4th Stephen Chidwick 2,108
5th Sam Soverel 1,770
6th Alex Foxen 1,743
7th Steven Jones 1,700
8th Jeremy Ausmus 1,695
9th Ren Lin 1,687
10th Adam Walton 1,500
11th Cary Katz 1,441
12th Jan-Peter Jachtmann 1,420
13th Jesse Lonis 1,385
14th Alex Kulev 1,333
15th Chance Kornuth 1,321
16th Phil Hellmuth 1,304
17th Isaac Kempton 1,304
18th Ruslan Prydryk 1,300
19th Sean Winter 1,275
20th Dean Hutchison 1,250
21st Max Neugebauer 1,250
22nd Lou Garza 1,246
23rd Darren Elias 1,204
24th Juan Maceiras 1,200
25th Toby Lewis 1,200
26th Alexandre Reard 1,200
27th Josh Arieh 1,169
28th Ben Lamb 1,108
29th Nick Schulman 1,105
30th Maxx Coleman 1,097
31st Adam Hendrix 1,080
32nd Daniel Negreanu 1,071
33rd Arthur Morris 1,048
34th Jans Arends 1,032
35th Jonas Kronwitter 1,032
36th Chino Rheem 1,029
37th Andrew Lichtenberger 1,001
38th Nacho Barbero 982
39th Dan Smith 964
40th Ka Kwan Lau 945

PGT leaderboard standings as of Friday, December 1, 2023. See the complete and current PGT leaderboard at pgt.com/leaderboard.

What's Next On the PGT Schedule?

Just 12 events remain on the PGT schedule for the 2023 season, with six qualifying events at WSOP Paradise and then six PGT Last Chance events in January. Players to cash in Event #3: $25,000 GGMillion$ High Roller, Event #5: $25,000 PLO High Roller, Event #7: $50,000 Super High Roller, Event #9: $100,000 Ultra High Roller, Event #13: $10,000 PLO Championship, and Event #15: $10,000 High Roller 6-Handed will all earn PGT leaderboard points.

The PGT Last Chance series is a series of six $10,100 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournaments scheduled for January 2-7, 2024, at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas. The first-of-its-kind series will allow players to improve their leaderboard standing and qualify for the season-ending PGT Championship $1,000,000 Freeroll. Two Dream Seats will be up for grabs during the PGT Last Chance series, with the winners of the Dream Seats granted automatic entry into the season-ending PGT Championship $1,000,000 freeroll. These two Dream Seats will be awarded to the two highest-ranked players on the PGT Last Chance leaderboard who do not finish inside the Top 40 at the completion of PGT Last Chance.

For full PGT schedule information, check out pgt.com/schedule.

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