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David Peters, Tom Marchese and Cary Katz Win December Aria High Rollers

High Stakes Tournaments Close 2016 Out With A Bang


Every month the Aria Poker Room in Las Vegas hosts to a series of high stakes tournaments. As 2016 wound down December saw the usual menu of two $25,000 buy-in events increased to a three-event schedule that also included a $100,000 super high roller tournament for the year-ending series.

Things kicked off with the Aria High Roller 48. The $25,000 buy-in event drew a field of 26 entries to build a $624,000 prize pool.

David PetersThe lion’s share of that money was ultimately awarded to David Peters who made a deal heads-up against Jake Schindler to secure the title and the top prize of $293,232. This was Peters 22nd final table and fifth title of the year, and it brought his earnings on the year to $7,370,255.

Incredibly this was only his ninth largest score of the year. It was his third title in events held at Aria, having won a $25,000 event in December of 2015 and a $50,000 event last month. Peters added 420 Card Player Player of the Year points to his totals, securing his claim on the 2016 Player of the Year title.

The second $25,00 event, the Aria High Roller 49, attracted 24 entries to create a $576,000. 2010 Card Player Player of the Year winner Tom Marchese emerged victorious with the title and first-place payout of $288,000.

This was Marchese’s fourth title and 14th final table of 2016. All four of his tournament wins have come in Aria high roller events.

The 420 Player of the Year points he earned in this event were enough to see him climb to ninth place in the overall POY standings.

The final super high roller of the year took place the following day. A total of 14 entries were made in the Aria Super High Roller 14 $100,000 buy-in event to create a $1,274,000 prize pool. That money was ultimately divided by Cary Katz and Justin Bonomo. After eliminating Stephen Chidwick on the money bubble the two struck a deal that saw Katz lock up the title and take home $733,000. Bonomo scored $639,000 as the runner up.

This was Katz fourth title and 18th final table finish of the year and as a result he climbed to sixth place in the overall standings with the 600 POY points he added in this event. Bonomo further secured his claim on third place in the POY rankings by adding 500 points to his totals. This was his 11th final-table finish of the year.

The payouts and POY points from each of the weekend’s events can be found below.

Aria High Roller 48

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 David Peters $293,232 420
2 Jake Schindler $187,248 350
3 Cary Katz $93,600 280
4 Erik Seidel $49,920 210

Aria High Roller 49

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Tom Marchese $288,000 420
2 Cary Katz $155,520 350
3 Doug Polk $86,400 280
4 Bryn Kenney $46,080 210

Aria Super High Roller 14

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Cary Katz $733,000 600
2 Justin Bonomo $639,000 500