PRO Super Turbo: $300k SHRB Sellout, WSOP Bracelet Auction
The Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas has established itself as the premier destination for high stakes tournament action.
This past week the field for the Super High Roller Bowl was set and the first three High Roller tournaments for 2016 were also held.
Meanwhile, Max Pescatori is auctioning off his 2015 $10k Stud 8 or Better bracelet to raise funds for earthquake relief efforts in his home country.
$300,000 Super High Roller Bowl Field Sells Out
Registration for this summer's $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl opened last week at the ARIA Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. In a short six hours the event sold out with 54 players putting down a $30,000 deposit.
With just 35 spots available for open registration, ARIA officials were forced to hold a lottery for the at-large spots. The draw was conducted on Friday with Daniel Negreanu presiding over the draw.
In a few short minutes the at-large field was set with many notable names making the cut. Among those securing a seat were Erik Seidel, David Peters, Doug Polk, Fedor Holz, Antonio Esfandiari and Brian Rast.
Last year's champion, Rainer Kempe, also made the cut. Negreanu failed to make the cut as well as several big names such as Jason Koon, Dan Shak and others.
Despite not making the cut, Negreanu and others still may get to play. The final 15 spots will be invitation only with ARIA officials issuing invites to celebrities, special qualifiers and others.
The $300,000 buy-in event will run May 28-31 at ARIA and will award $5 million to the winner.
Max Pescatori Auctioning off Bracelet for Earthquake Relief
Another WSOP bracelet is being auctioned off on ebay, but this time it is for charity.
Max Pescatori is auctioning off his 2015 $10k Stud 8 or Better bracelet and donating the proceeds to earthquake relief efforts in Amatrice, Italy. Pescatori has a reserve set on the bracelet at $6,000 and presently the bidding is right at the reserve price, so it will sell.
This is the second WSOP bracelet to go on the auction block in recent weeks as Tom McEvoy tried to sell his 1983 Main Event bracelet. The item was listed twice for $15,000 and failed to sell both times.
While it is unlikely that Pescatori's bracelet will fetch $15k, it will still provide needed funds to a worthy charity.
Dan Smith, Brian Rast Among Recent Aria High Roller Winners
Three Aria High Roller events kicked off this past weekend with two $25k tournaments and one $50k event.
Dan Smith dominated during the weekend, finishing runner up in the first $25k High Roller and taking down the second. Aria High Roller 50 held on Thursday was taken down by Cary Katz after a spirited heads-up battle with Smith.
Katz earned $322k for his win with Smith earning $295k. Others making the final table were Justin Bonomo, Erik Seidel, Isaac Haxton and Bryn Kenney.
Aria High Roller 51 was held on Friday and this time around Smith was the victor after beating Scott Seiver heads-up. Smith earned $337k with Seiver taking $232k. Other making the final table were Jason Koon, David Peters, Tim Adams and Sean Winter.
The final high roller kicked off on Saturday. This $50k event had 35 entries and a $1.68 million prize pool. Brian Rast took down the event for $772k after besting Justin Bonomo heads-up. This was the second final table of the weekend for Bonomo and he earned $420k for his runner-up finish.
Isaac Haxton and Byron Kaverman were also at the final table. Tim Adams made his second final table of the weekend but finished in 4th. Aria regularly holds $25k and $50k High Rollers throughout the year and to date have held 116 of these events.