Every month the Aria Poker Room in Las Vegas plays host to a series of high-stakes tournaments. For March 2017 the events on offer were once again two $25,000 buy-in no-limit events and one $50,000 buy-in super high roller tournaments.
The first event of the weekend got underway on Thursday, Mar. 2 at 2 pm local time. A total of 33 entries were made in the $25,000 Aria High Roller 52, creating a prize pool of $792,000. The top five players made the money in this tournament, with the largest payout of $364,320 going to eventual champion Jake Schindler. This was his second final table of the year, having finished sixth in a $1,600 no-limit hold’em event in the Ventian DeepStack Extravaganza I just over a week earlier.
As the winner of this event Schindler scored 420 Card Player Player of the Year points. Third-place finisher Bryn Kenney earned $110,880 and 280 points. This was his seventh final table of the year, but it would not be his last.
The second $25,00 event, the Aria High Roller 53, attracted 31 entries to create a $744,000 prize pool. Once again the top five finishers made the money, and once again Bryn Kenney found himself at a final table. This time he finished fourth for $66,960 and 210 POY points. With eight final tables, 2,196 total points and $2,458,121 in year-to-date earnings Kenney now sits in third place on the overall POY leaderboard, which is presented in 2017 by Commerce Hotel & Casino.
Although Kenney’s accomplishment was impressive, it was Dan Colman who emerged victorious with the title in the end. This was his second win of the year, having taken down a $32,000 buy-in event at the Triton High Roller Series in February. For this latest win he earned $342,240 and 420 points. With 1,546 points and $1,916,548 in earnings so far in 2017 Colman now occupies the eighth-place spot in the POY rankings.
The final event of the weekend was the $50,000 buy-in Aria Super High Roller 16. With 24 total entries the tournament built a $1,152,000 prize pool. In the end 2016 Super High Roller Bowl champion Rainer Kempe returned to the winner’s circle at Aria, capturing the title and the top prize of $576,000.