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David Peters, Dan Smith and Ali Fazeli Win Aria High Rollers

Three High Roller Events Award Over $3 Million In Prize Money


Many of the top poker players in the world converged on the Aria Poker Room in Las Vegas this past week for the November editions of the Aria High Rollers. This month saw no only two $25,000 no-limit hold’em tournaments held, but also a $50,000 super high roller.

The first tournament of the weekend was the Aria High Roller 45, a $25,000 buy-in eight-max no-limit hold’em event. A total of 40 entries were made to build a prize pool of $960,000. In the end Ali Fazeli emerged victorious, capturing the title and the top prize of $403,200. This was his third Aria High Roller title of 2016 and his eighth top-four finish of the year in this recurring high stakes events.

Fazeli defeated Sean Winter heads-up, sending the Jacksonville, FL native to the rail with $320,400. 2010 Card Player Player of the Year award winner Tom Marchese finished third for $134,400. Jake Schindler placed fourth for $86,400. He also earned 210 Player of the Year points at his 12th final table of the year. With 3,658 total points and $2,595,569 in year-to-date earnings he now sits in 19th place in the POY standings.

Dan SmithThe Aria High Roller 46 was another $25,000 buy-in held the following day. A total of 26 entries were made to build a $624,000 prize pool. Dan Smith came out on top in this one, defeating David Peters heads-up to win $312,000 and 420 POY points. This was Smith’s third title of the year. In total he has accumulated 4,262 POY points and $4,800,505 in earnings in 2016, enough to see him move into 8th place on the Player of the Year leaderboard.

David Peters added $168,480 and 350 points at his 17th final table of the year. Incredibly, he was just getting started.

The day after finishing runner-up Peters returned to Aria and took down the Aria Super High Roller 13. The $50,000 buy-in event drew 30 entries to build a $1,440,000 prize pool. Peters earned $511,970 and 510 points as this champion, his fourth title and 18th final table finish of the year. With 6,651 points and $6,529,673 in year-to-date earning Peters has further staked his claim on the second-place slot in the Player of the Year race. Peters has been incredibly consistent, winning his first WSOP gold bracelet this year and never going more than a few weeks without making a big score.

Peters and Poker Hall of Famer Erik Seidel made a deal heads-up based on the chip counts. Seidel took home $510,430 and 425 points for his latest run. Tom Marchese placed third for $201,600 and 340 points. This was his 12th final table of 2016. He’s won three titles, accumulating 3,765 points and $2,443,758 on the year to move into 13th place in the POY standings.

Here is a look at the results from all of these events:

2016 Aria High Roller 45

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Ali Fazeli $403,200 420
2 Sean Winter $320,400 350
3 Tom Marchese $134,400 280
4 Jake Schindler $86,400 210
5 Byron Kaverman $57,600 175
6 Erik Seidel $48,000 140

2016 Aria High Roller 46

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Dan Smith $312,000 420
2 David Peters $168,480 350
3 Jason Koon $93,600 280
4 Keith Lehr $49,920 210

2016 Aria Super High Roller 13

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 David Peters $511,970 510
2 Erik Seidel $510,430 425
3 Tom Marchese $201,600 340
4 Isaac Haxton $129,600 255
5 Dan Smith $86,400 213