Tom Marchese Wins Aria $100,000 Super High Roller II for $1,306,800

Tom Marchese

On Friday, Sept. 5, Aria Resort & Casino Las Vegas hosted its second $100,000 Super High Roller tournament. The event attracted 22 entries and generated a prize pool of $2,178,000. The top three spots would pay out, and claiming the top prize of $1,306,800 was Tom Marchese.

Cary Katz finished in second place for $653,400, and Brian Rast scored third for $217,800.

Several big names came out to Aria for the big buy-in action. Of those who got into the mix were Doug Polk, David "Doc" Sands, Igor Kurganov, Jake Schindler, Philipp Gruissem, Andrew Robl, and Joseph Cheong.

Robl would become the tournament's bubble, falling in fourth place to Rast. According to Poker Telegraph reports, Robl was all in with the {k-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} against the {k-Hearts}{q-Spades} for Rast. Robl was unable to come from behind and fell in fourth place.

Rast would be the next to fall when his {a-Spades}{6-Spades} got all in against the {a-Hearts}{10-Hearts} for Marchese on the {10-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{5-Spades} flop. Rast was behind and in trouble, and the {2-Clubs} on the turn and {k-Clubs} on the river proved no help for the high-stakes poker player. He took his leave with a payday of $217,800, leaving Marchese to battle with Katz.

Marchese would eventually dispense of his opponent and claim the title. On the final hand, Katz's {k-}{j-} fell to Marchese's {a-}{q-} and it was all over. For Katz, the $653,400 score marked the second largest of his poker career, coming just months after he placed eighth in the World Series of Poker $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop for $1,306,667.

For Marchese, the $1,306,800 score was impressive, but only the second best in 2014 for the young pro. In June, Marchese took third in the Bellagio $100,000 Super High Roller for $1,465,451. Marchese now has over $7,500,000 in live tournament earnings.

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