Aria Poker Room Highroller Series 54 Won by Scott Seiver. In this event, the top five finishers are the players in the money. For the Aria High Roller 54, Scott Seiver took the win for $342,240. This is his second top place finish. Last month he won second place for $232,632. In second place was Bryn Kenney, but he had more winning to do.
At the Aria High Roller 55, Bryn Kenny finished in runner up with a prize of $211,000. He is in second place on the leaderboard and has cashed in five of the last six High Roller Events and has career earnings of nearly $15,000,000, fifteen million dollars. Brian Rast took top prize and cashed out with $237,555.
Every month, the Aria Poker Room hosts a High Roller tournament with a buy-in of $25,000. These are titled Aria High Roller 54 and 55 for the month of March. The numbers represent the place in the series that started in 2015 and has picked up alot of steam. April will bring another High Roller Series 56 and 57. But in May will start the three day Super High Roller Bowl, which is one of the most lucrative tournaments today with selected players joining in a $300,000 buy-in event. And after the next major tournament is the 2017 WSOP.
Playing poker I often will fold a low pair like a two or three or actually anything less than seven or eight. Often a higher ranking King or Queen will come in a wipe out my hope for a flush. I did adjust the strategy for those potential three of a kind and full house combos. And I found a mixed bag of success. Sometimes, those low pairs might be a winner by themselves and could even lead to a fullhouse or four of a kind.
The strategy is to checkout the first three cards that come up and if it looks good hang in there. For example, I get dealt a pair of deuces. If an opponent raises, I often will call. The flop shows unsuited Ace, Three, Four. I have a potential straight and if an opponent raises I will hang in there for a five. If there is a re-raise and I don’t have anything by this time, I will often fold.
Another scenarios is with a pair of deuces and the flop shows Ace, King, Queen or a potential straight not with my hold cards, I will fold. After all, a three of kind isn’t much to a potential straight.
The other side of the equation is also true. If the flop gives you a three of kind, check out the cards around it. Potential straights not including your hole card might occur. Often flushes and straights don’t happen. Chasing a flush or straight really requires gut instinct . They do happen but less frequently than pairs or three of kinds.
Below is a video of the latter example. The board revealed a pair of twos and the winner had one deuce in his hand. There wasn’t much potential for straights in this hand so it was an instinct move on the winner. The winner in this tourney took home over $250,000 in the Americas Cardroom Million Dollar Tourney in December, 2016.
Three of a Kind Deuces Wins Million Dollar Tournament
Phil Ivey wins an appeal on the edge sorting case by the United Kingdom Supreme Court. In November, the court ruled against him in the case where he was unable to collect nearly 8 million GBP in casino winnings from the Crockford casino. He maintains his innocence and stated he was merely using “edge sorting”. Edge Sorting is a form of sorting the cards giving the player and edge based on the design on the back of the cards giving a small player advantage. The appeal will give him more time to present his case.
Many people have speculated the reason the court gave the first decision to the Crockford and other casinos that since joined in not paying Ivey or requesting their money back is the close relation between the tax roll the casinos provide to the local governments and the casinos. If the casino loses money, it closes and there goes many local jobs. A loss that big could cripple even the largest of casinos. It would almost be impossible to break that bond. Ivey used what is called edge sorting.
Edge sorting requires paying attention to the cards and noticing the design. These are only on certain makers of cards. To play using edge sorting, you have to notice the patterns on the cards and have high and low cards seperated. There are edge irregularities in many decks of cards. When the edge sorting player sees this they ask the croupier to turn the card around so the long edges are different. Usually this is done with 6, 7, 8, and 9. This process works best in high low games. As the game continues, the edge sorting players can decide to bet based on the knowledge of a high or low card. Call the makers of the cards in this case. Many casinos have since chosen card makers whose design makes it impossible to detect.
“Last November’s Court of Appeal ruling made no sense to me. The original trial judge ruled that I was not dishonest and none of the three Appeal Court judges disagreed, and yet the decision went against me by a majority of 2 to 1,” said Ivey, in a statement released by his legal team.
He went on to say, “I am so pleased that the Supreme Court has granted me permission to fight for what I genuinely believe is the right thing to do in my circumstances, and for the entire gaming industry. I look forward to the Supreme Court reversing the decision against me.”
Ivey has two at the same time. One is at the Mayfair Casino in London and the other at the Borgata in Atlantic City. Both cases involve millions of dollars. The amazing thing is these casinos invited him to play in the first place. This is not only a Phil Ivey case. There was a winner in New York who won a jackpot at slots only to be told it was a machine malfunction. Similarly, the jackpot winner will have to pursue the case in court, but they probably don’t have the deep pockets of Phil Ivey. And this has probably happened and the public doesn’t always find out.
The Borgata case is also not over. The court ruled Ivey had to pay back the $10.1 million he won playing Baccarat from the Borgata in 2012. That ruling has also moved on to appeal. It will be important to take notice of the results. If a casino can get away with not paying winners does it make sense for the general public give them hard earned money?