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Cary Katz and Jake Schindler Win April Aria $25,000 High Roller Events

Las Vegas High Roller Events Draw Respectable Fields Despite Competing With EPT Grand Final


In recent years Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas has played host to back-to-back $25,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em high roller events each month. The 2016 runnings of these small-field, high-stakes tournaments for April took place over the weekend while many of the biggest names in the game were across the ocean participating in the super high roller events at the European Poker tour Grand Final in Monte Carlo.

Despite the competing high roller events the Aria’s tournaments drew solid fields. The first tournaments, the Aria High Roller XXX, 19 total entries to build a prize pool of $456,000. In the end Cary Katz emerged victorious, defeating Sam Soverel heads-up to capture his 10th live tournament title and the $264,480 first-place prize.

Katz also earned 420 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win while Soverel was awarded 350 points and $136,800. Soverel has made four final tables this year, including a win in a previous Aria high roller and a fourth-place finish in the WPT L.A. Poker Classic main event. With 2,180 total points and $872,997 in year-to-date earnings he has moved into eighth place in the overall POY rankings.

2010 Card Player Player of the Year winner Tom Marchese finished third in the event for $54,720 and 280 points. This was his sixth final table finish in 2016 and he climbed to 13th in the standings as a result.

The second event of the weekend attracted a field of 22 entries to create a $528,000 prize pool. Jake Schindler came out on top, defeating Vitaliy Rizhkov heads-up to secure the title, the $264,000 top prize and 420 POY points.

Fresh off his win the day before Cary Katz made another deep run in this tournament, ultimately finishing fourth for another $42,240 and 210 points. This was his sixth POY-qualified cash of the year and it was enough to see him take over the 45th-place spot on the leader board.

The next pair of big events at Aria will be a $50,000 super high roller that will run on May 27 and the $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl that is set to take place from May 29 through June 1.