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Dan Shak and Justin Bonomo Win February $25,000 Aria High Rollers

Big Names Battled It Out In Las Vegas Over The Weekend


For the last few years Aria has played host to back-to-back $25,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em high roller events each month. The 2016 February runnings of these small-field, high-stakes tournaments took place over the weekend.

The first of the two tournaments drew 53 total entries to build a prize pool of $1,272,000. In the end the final three players decided to make a deal, evenly splitting the remaining prize pool between them. Erik Seidel, Barry Hutter and Dan Shak all earned $296,800 for their performance in the event, with Shak locking up the title and the trophy by holding the most chips at the time the deal was struck.

Bryn Kenney finished sixth in the event for $76,320 and 140 Card Player Player of the Year points. This was already his third final table of the year. He made his fourth the following day when he finished fourth in the second of the $25,000 buy-in events, earning $82,080 and 210 POY points. He now sits in 16th place in the overall standings.

A total of 38 entries were made the second time around to bring the prize pool to $912,000. In the end Justin Bonomo came out on top, defeating Barry Hutter heads-up to secure the title and the top prize of $383,040.

2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event runner-up Anthony Gregg finished third for $127,680 and 280 points and currently occupies the sixth-place spot on the POY leaderboard as a result.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded in these two events:

2016 Aria High Roller XXIV

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Dan Shak $296,800 420
2 Barry Hutter $296,800 350
3 Erik Seidel $296,800 280
4 David Sands $101,760 210
5 Keith Lehr $89,040 175
6 Bryn Kenney $76,320 140
7 Tom Marchese $63,600 105
8 Roger Sippl $50,880 70

2016 Aria High Roller XXV

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Justin Bonomo $383,040 420
2 Barry Hutter $218,880 350
3 Anthony Gregg $127,680 280
4 Bryn Kenney $82,080 210
5 Vitaliy Rizhkov $54,720 175
6 Ali Fazeli $45,600 140


almost 7 years ago

love to see the HR play agaisnt my local competition - yes they wont be at the nose bleed levels. but they would lose