Kempe, Colman & Schindler Sweep Aria High Roller Weekend
Kempe keeps making it rain.
Dan Colman took down one of the three events over the weekend to give him two High-Roller victories in less than a month.
2016 Super High Roller Bowl champion Rainer Kempe and Jake Schindler also took down events over the weekend to nab their share of the $1.2 million in prize money.
Schindler Wins $25k High Roller for Fourth Career Aria Title
The first of three events kicked off on Thursday with a $25k High Roller, the 52nd in Aria's history. There were 33 entries to create a prize pool of $792,000. A small but elite field of 5 players were paid in this tournament.
Erik Seidel and Bryn Kenney were among the notables that fell short of heads-up action. Seidel continues his quest for the top spot on the All-Time Money List while Kenney continues to enjoy a monster 2017.
Heads-up in the event was between then three-time Aria High Roller winner Schindler and German Claas Segebrecht. Segebrecht is best known for his fourth-place finish in the Monster Stack at the 2014 World Series of Poker.
Ultimately Schindler would take the title and the $364k top prize. This gives him his fourth Aria High Roller title of his career. His victory moves him up to $8.68 million in career earnings.
Colman Wins Second High Roller Tournament in a Month
Dan Colman has been on a roll in 2017 with $1.6 million in earnings heading into the Aria High Roller weekend. He recently won the HK$ 250,000 Six-Max Event at the Triton Super High Roller Series and was looking to pad his bankroll some more.
Colman got that chance in Friday's $25k High Roller when he bested a field of 31 to take his second title in a month and $342k. Colman survived a tough final table that included David Peters, Adrian Mateos, Bryn Kenney and Erik Seidel.
Yes, Seidel and Kenney made back-to-back final tables. Colman and Mateos battled heads-up for the title but the 2014 Big One for One Drop Champion proved too much.
This is Colman's second straight victory and his fourth final table of 2017. He now has $27.96 million in career earnings. At this rate Colman could soon join Erik Seidel and Daniel Negreanu as the only players with more than $30 million in live poker tournament winnings.
Rainer Kempe Wins $50k Super High Roller
The final event of the Aria High Roller weekend was a $50k Super High Roller. This tournament drew just 24 entries but awarded $1.15 million in prize money.
Just four players received a payday in the event. Poker Central's Cary Katz took fourth while Sean Winter finished 3rd. Jan Schwippert and 2016 Super High Roller Bowl winner Rainer Kempe battled for the top prize with Kempe coming out on top
Kempe won $576k for his first-place finish, his third in High Roller tournaments at Aria. Following his SHRB victory last year Kempe won another $50k High Roller for $531k.
Saturday's win moves him over $9 million in live tournament earnings.