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Aria Fall Madness: Stephen Chidwick and David Peters Among Winners

A Look At The Series of High Stakes Tournaments Held Oct. 8 - Nov. 6


The Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas has played home to some of the biggest and most prestigious high stakes no-limit hold’em tournaments in recent years. The tradition continued over the past week, as the poker room played host to the 2018 Aria Fall Madness tournament series from Oct. 30 – Nov. 6. The series featured a variety of formats, with buy-ins ranging from $10,500 all the way up to $103,000.

Things kicked off with a $10,500 pot-limit Omaha tournament, which attracted a field of 28 entries. In the end, it was Anthony Alberto who emerged victorious with the title and the top prize of $128,800. He defeated Jonathan Depa heads-up to secure the title.

Jared JaffeeThe second champion crowned in this series was Jared Jaffee. He overcame a field of 33 entries in the $10,500 no-limit hold’em event, defeating a stacked final table to secure the top prize of $132,000. Current Card Player Player of the Year top contender Stephen Chidwick finished second for $85,800 and 200 POY points. Chidwick was not yet done making deep runs at this series, though, so look for more on him later.

The first of two $10,500 short deck no-limit hold’em event drew only 15 entries, which was not enough for it to qualify as a POY-point eligible event. There was still money on the line, with the lion’s share ($81,000) going to eventual champion Sam Soverel. The second short deck event, which was also a $10,500 buy-in, drew 19 entrants. Soverel came out on top again, this time for $102,600.

Stephen ChidwickIn between those two short deck events a $26,000 no-limit hold’em high roller was held. It drew 21 entries to build a $525,000 prize pool. Stephen Chidwick came out on top to capture his fifth title at his 24th final table of the year. For the win he earned $283,500 and 252 points, further securing his hold on the second-place spot in the 2018 POY race standings. He has cashed for $8,296,142 so far in 2018. Jaffee, fresh off his win in the $10,500 event, finished third for $84,000.

The two largest events of the series were saved for last. The $52,000 no-limit hold’em event attracted 25 entries to create a $1,250,000 prize pool. Matthias Eibinger defeated Sam Soverel heads-up to capture the title and the $575,000 top prize. Top Player of the Year contenders David Peters and Justin Bonomo finished third and fourth, respectively.

David PetersPeters was far from done. He came back the following day to play the final event of the series, the $103,000 no-limit hold’em super high roller. The tournament saw 24 entries made, building a prize pool of $2,400,000 that was awarded to the top four finishers. Peters earned the largest payday of all as the champion, taking home $1,104,000 and 360 POY points. Peters outlasted Rick Salomon heads-up to secure the title, climbing to fourth place in the POY race standings as a result of winning his sixth title of the year.

Current POY race leader Jake Schindler finished third for $384,000 and 240 points. This was his 29th final table of the year. He has cashed for $7,231,019 and won five titles along the way.

Check out the full results from all the events below:

$10,500 pot-limit Omaha

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Anthony Alberto $128,800 180
2 Jonathan Depa $78,400 150
3 Craig Varnell $44,800 120
4 Sean Winter $28,000 90

$10,500 no-limit hold’em

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Jared Jaffee $132,000 240
2 Stephen Chidwick $85,800 200
3 Almedin Imsirovic $52,800 160
4 Brian Rast $33,000 120
5 Byron Kaverman $26,400 100

$10,500 short deck no-limit hold’em

Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Sam Soverel $81,000
2 Jonathan Depa $45,000
3 Cary Katz $24,000

$26,000 no-limit hold’em

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Stephen Chidwick $283,500 252
2 William Klein $157,500 210
3 Jared Jaffee $84,000 168

$10,500 short deck no-limit hold’em

Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Sam Soverel $102,600
2 Koray Aldemir $57,000
3 Sam Simmons $30,400

$52,000 short deck no-limit hold’em

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Matthias Eibinger $575,000 306
2 Sam Soverel $350,000 255
3 David Peters $200,000 204
4 Justin Bonomo $125,000 153

$103,000 short deck no-limit hold’em

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 David Peters $1,104,000 360
2 Rick Salomon $672,000 300
3 Jake Schindler $384,000 240
4 Benjamin Tollerene $240,000 180