It has been a busy week of poker news, but one item we didn’t want to overlook was Tom Marchese (pictured) winning back-to-back Aria High Roller Events. On January 30, he took down the first of two High Rollers, which have $25,000 buy-ins. He defeated former WSOP November Niner Ben BenbaLamb in that one to bank $383,000 after a heads-up chop; the final table also included the likes of Antonio Esfandiariand Jason treysfull21 Mercier.
His first Aria High Roller win was in a tournament that had 41 entrants and a prize pool that passed $1 million. The second Aria High Roller, which took place one night later, featured Marchese chopping with Byron Kaverman, who made the final table the previous day as well, and Tony Gregg. This time, Marchese reeled in $298,000, the largest payday awarded. The tournament on January 31 had a field of 42.
As PokerNews detailed, “Marchese moved to just under $9,800,000 in career live tournament earnings, and he’s gotten himself off to a blistering start to 2015 after finishing up his best year ever from live events in 2014. Last year, Marchese won $4,472,478 and could challenge that if his early pace keeps going.”
Marchese is #21 on the all-time money list for the United States, according to the Hendon Mob, and is #2 from his home state of New Jersey. He is quickly closing in on $10 million in career live poker scores, as PokerNews pointed out, and was #6 on the money list for 2014.
He won last year’s WPT Alpha8 during the Five Diamond event in Las Vegas for $1.5 million and finished second in a Super High Roller in mid-2014 for $1.4 million. He has four career seven-figure live scores.