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The World Poker Tour and Aria Casino team together for a third annual WPT500 – an event that’s quickly found favor with players looking for a break from the grind of 2016 WSOP. The $565 buy-in event, complete with a $1 million guarantee, kicks off Monday with the first of nine starting flights. The innovative structure was tweaked a bit this year – the top 11% of each field makes the money and only the top 5% bag up chips and advance to Day 2. Players are allowed multiple entries but players can only move their best stack forward. Players from 8-11% cash for $950, 5%-8% earn $1,200 and th
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 o
According to reports from Todd Witteles and Allen Kessler on Two Plus Two and Poker Fraud Alert, there has been a major shakeup at the Aria Poker Room in Las Vegas, allegedly due to theft. Witteles sourced a person who claimed "a bunch of Aria tournament people" were let go for theft: "The rumor is that when they paid people for cashing in tournaments, they did it in a room with no witnesses. Tokes were never recorded and they pocketed or skimmed from the cash tips." Witteles added that another source claimed an Aria's "poker tournament director" was let go "under suspicion of theft,
In the first moments after winning the $565 Casino Employees event at the 2019 World Series of Poker, 39-year-old Nicholas Haynes had a lot of things going through his mind. About 2.5 years ago, Haynes' dog passed away after a bout of cancer, so he brought his ID tag to the final table hoping it would bring him some good luck. So he was thinking about him. He was also thinking about the players he'd just beaten and some of the things he'd experienced during his playing days. Most notably though, Haynes was thinking about his job as a poker dealer in the ARIA Resort & Casino poker r