Most anyone that plays live poker has a favorite casino. Sometimes it is the staff or maybe the amenities are better than others. For most of us, our favorite casino is the one we win at the most often.
Many of the world’s top poker venues have awarded millions in prize money with elite players taking down the lion’s share. Today we begin taking a look at the top earners at some of the largest poker venues in the world.
Today we start with the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Pro players have flocked to the Aria in recent years due to their High Roller tournaments. The top 10 players have earned a combined $54.9 million since 2014.
Brian Rast is #1 on the Aria All-Time Money list with $11.19 million, more than $5 million more than second place. The bulk of those earnings came in 2015 when he took down the inaugural Poker Central Super High Roller Bowl.
Rast defeated Scott Seiver for the title and the $7.52 million top prize. Only Joe McKeehen made more in a single event that year when he took down the WSOP Main Event. This is easily the largest score of his tournament career.
Besides the Super High Roller Bowl, Rast has eight other six-figure scores in Aria High Roller events. His most recent victory on February 4th earned him $772,800.
Tom Marchese is #2 on this list with $6.16 of his $15.9 million in career earnings coming at Aria. Marchese has two seven-figure scores at Aria with his largest coming in a $100k Super High Roller in September 2014. He took down the event for $1.3 million.
Marchese has simply dominated Aria High Rollers since their inception in 2014. He has won eight events and made over 21 final tables. Of those, 17 have resulted in scores of six figures or more.
Rainer Kempe has made $6 million in live tournaments at Aria, the majority of his $8.22 in live earnings. His largest “official” score came last year when he won the $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl for $5 million. He actually chopped the event with Fedor Holz.
Two months later, Kempe took down a $50k High Roller for $531k. He may not have the number of finishes as some players on this list, but it seems he has made the most of every event he’s played.
It’s not surprising to see Fedor Holz on this list considering his dominance in High Roller events over the last couple of years. He has won $5.63 million at Aria, all during his epic 2016 run.
As mentioned earlier, Holz chopped the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl with Rainer Kempe and “officially” won $3.5 million. He then went on an epic run in Aria High Roller events that summer, winning three and finishing third in another.
In October, Holz finished 4th in a $100k Super High Roller at Aria to earn another $299k. His Aria winnings made up one-third of his $16.48 million total for 2016.
It’s a bit fitting that Poker Hall of Famer Erik Seidel is on this list considering that he enjoyed a bit of a career resurgence thanks to High Roller events. “Seiborg” has won $5.57 million at Aria since 2014, making the final table of the Super High Roller Bowl in both 2015 and 2016.
Seidel finished 7th in the 2015 edition, good for $860k. Last year, he finished third behind Fedor Holz and Rainer Kempe, earning $2.4 million.
In addition to his two Super High Roller Bowl final tables, Seidel has made the final table of Aria High Rollers 12 times.
The Best of the Rest
Aria has quickly become the home for High Roller tournament action in Las Vegas. Since it’s opening, 28 players have made at least $1 million or more in live events. The top 10 players on the Aria All-Time Money List have at least $3 million or more in earnings.
Below are the other players that round out the top 10 on the Aria ATML, or the “$3 million club” as we like to call it.
- Scott Seiver – $5,512,392
- Cary Katz – 4,935,882
- Connor Drinan – $3,303,720
- David Peters – $3,297,695
- Jake Schindler – $3,244,296
Writers note: Stats are courtesy of Hendonmob.