The high roller event at the Aria Casino and Resort proved very popular. The event took place earlier this month, with the event having a $100,000 buy in for all players. The total prize money was over $2 million, with the winner getting to take home $1.3 million. Tom Marchese, a professional poker player who has made a name for himself in recent months, took home the money with a very impressive performance.
Despite the high roller status of the event, only the top three players got paid for their performance. The top three players got paid, with Marchese joined by Cary Katz and Brian Rast as winners. Everyone else went home empty handed. This was definitely a “high risk, high reward” type of poker event.
The likes of David Sands, Philipp Gruissem, Igor Kurganov and Joseph Cheong had decent tournaments, but went home with nothing. The only person everyone was talking about was Tom Marchese. He had always been a decent cash games player, but it takes something special to make the transition into high roller play. Here is what Marchese had to say on his game: “Having to play 9-12 tables was always a struggle for me. I was making good money but not improving my skill set. When I started playing OOP, I began to understand certain aspects of poker and I got the feeling that I was becoming a better player.”
The beauty of high roller events is that you always have a good chance of keeping a steady income. As long as you are willing to put up the minimum, you only need success at one or two out of five tournaments to make a profit. High rollers such as Joseph Cheong and David Sands may not have won this time, but they have won more than a million each at different tournaments over the past year.
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