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Max Silver has won a $25,000 Aria High Roller title, and $432,960 in prize money, but that doesn’t rank as the most interesting piece of news to come out of the card room.

In a storyline Matt Salsberg would have been proud of, an unnamed player trying to enter the $125 Aria Daily Deepstack, was mistakenly handed a seat into the $25,000 buy-in High Roller. He sat down, kept quiet, and eliminated three players before the error was discovered. The player’s chips were removed from play, and the man of deceit likely barred from the Aria for life.


A Poker Tournament Breaks Out at the Circus

Back to Silver, and what a few weeks it has been for the man from the UK. The Global Poker Index #5 ranked UK player, is still recovering from surgery to remove three wisdom teeth that resulted in a painful affliction known as dry socket. He managed to battle through the pain to pick up the largest score of his career.

The tournament attracted 41 entrants (not sure if the $125 player is included in that total), and Silver defeated Dong Kim in heads-up action, to take the first prize of $432,960. Kim was one of four players that recently took on the artificial intelligence machine known as Claudico, in an event billed as Man v Machine; Kim taking $70,049 from the computer. He can add a further $246,000 to that score.

Silver has now won over $2.2m in live tournament earnings. This is the sixth successive year that Silver has earned six figure annual hauls since he started racking up results in 2010. Vegas has been kind to him in recent years. Last year he finished third in a $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed event, cashing for $273,646.

“I was debating the luckiness of the beard, I guess I’m not shaving this summer.” Said Silver after his victory.

Six players got paid. Team PokerStars Online Pro Isaac Haxton went out on the bubble. Not that Haxton will be complaining too loudly. Prior to the invasion of Vegas, PokerNews reported that Haxton was the week’s biggest online winner with over $310,000 in profit. Kim also racked up a nice few sessions with over $217,000 banked in time for his flight to the desert.

There Will Be No Rest for the Wicked

Silver has already indicated his willingness to play in a second Aria Super High Roller event after grabbing a few hours’ kip. Perhaps, he can emulate the performance of Byron Kaverman, who in March won back-to-back $25k Aria High Roller events taking home half a million bucks in the process.

Money Placements

1st Max Silver – $432,960

2nd Dong Kim – $246,000

3rd Jake Schindler – $147,600

4th Conner Drinan – $78,720

5th Dan Shak – $49,200

6th Anonymous Businessman – $29,520

Lee Davy

Life can be viewed as the sum of the parts or the parts themselves. I believe in the holistic view of life, or the sum. When dealing with individual parts you develop whack-a-mole syndrome; each time you clobber one problem with your hammer another one just pops up.