Over the last few years, ARIA has hosted dozens of High Roller events, but those tournaments have never been streamed for a worldwide audience. That all changed this weekend, when the ARIA High Roller Series debuted on PokerGO with two final table streams featuring some of the best high stakes players in the world.
The opening event of the series featured a $10,000 buy-in and a sizable 29-player field. Triple Crown winner Mohsin Charania and Poker Masters $100K Championship final tablist Seth Davies were fast out of the gates, but even though they were two of the early chip leaders, both couldn’t navigate their way to the final table. DJ Alexander, Galen Hall, and Lena Evans, who was the only female player to enter into any of the week’s ARIA High Roller Series events, also fell before the televised final table came together.
Instead, it was a collection of ARIA High Roller veterans and rookies that hit PokerGO on Friday afternoon, including chip leader Jim Carroll. The Texas entrepreneur and reality TV star paced the final six, with Eric “basebaldy” Baldwin also turning his first ARIA High Roller into a final table appearance near the top of the leader board. The cream ended up rising to the top though, as Tom Marchese won his record 9th career ARIA High Roller event for a $116,000 result.
Another High Roller regular ended Day 1 of the the ARIA High Roller Series $25K at the top of the charts. Scott Seiver emerged as one of the early chip leaders from the 20-player $25K field and then kept himself near the top until he sent Bryon Kaverman out on the TV bubble to take a commanding chip lead into Saturday’s final table stream.
There, five players returned to play for a piece of a $500,000 prize pool, but only three players could cash, meaning that there was some tense play at the start of Saturday’s PokerGO stream. Sam Soverel did not notch a second-straight ARIA High Roller Series cash, while Brent Hanks, who bubbled Friday’s $10K on PokerGO, made the money.
Cary Katz also recorded a record 32nd ARIA High Roller cash, but neither Hanks nor Katz could overcome Seiver’s chip lead, as the 2015 Super High Roller Bowl runner-up went wire-to-wire to pick up another 2017 victory and a $270,000 result.
Complete Day 1 coverage of both ARIA High Roller Series events can be found on Poker Central and both final tables are ready to stream on-demand on PokerGO. While the ARIA High Roller Series won’t return until 2018, Poker After Dark is back on PokerGO next month with more high stakes cash games.