Tollerene, Sontheimer, Christner Chop Aria $100K for $1 Million Each

Tollerene, Sontheimer, Christner Chop Aria $100K for $1 Million Each 0001
  • On the eve of the Super High Roller Bowl, three players chopped the Aria $100K for more than $1M each.

On the eve of the Super High Roller Bowl, 13 players returned for Day 2 of the $100,000 buy-in tournament hosted by Aria Poker in Las Vegas. The high roller event was the fourth at Aria this week, following up $10,000, $25,000 and $50,000 tournaments. All four events served as lead-ups to the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl, which kicks off Sunday afternoon and runs though Thursday, June 1.

A total of 54 entries generated a prize pool of $5,292,000 at Aria on Friday. A slew of German pros were in the field and, to nobody's surprise, a few made deep runs to the final table. Ultimately, two of them — Christian Christner and Steffen Sontheimer — agreed to a three-handed deal with American pro Ben Tollerene that secured more than $1 million to each.

Aria $100K Final Table Results

1Christian ChristnerGermany$1,450,000*
2Steffen SontheimerGermany$1,220,000*
3Ben TollereneUnited States$1,020,000*
4David PetersUnited States$432,360
5Christoph VogelsangGermany$370,440
6Erik SeidelUnited States$317,520
7Adrian MateosSpain$264,600
8Daniel NegreanuUnited States$211,680

*Reflects three-handed deal

Poker Central's Paul Oresteen was providing Twitter updates from the floor of the Aria poker room when the final table got underway.

According to Oresteen, a short-stacked Daniel Negreanu was the first to exit the final table after he shoved {J-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} in to Sontheimer's {A-Spades}{9-Diamonds} and failed to improve. The next to go was Adrian Mateos, who was fresh off a victory in a €50,000 High Roller in Monaco for €908,000. The Spaniard ran pocket fives into the pocket aces of David Peters and walked away with $264,600. Unlike the rest of his final tablemates, Mateos wasn't selected to play in Sunday's Super High Roller Bowl and will have to watch from the sidelines.

Peters held a massive lead with six left but lost a huge pot to Tollerene with {K-}{8-} against {6-Spades}{6-Diamonds} on a board of {K-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{4-Spades}{10-Diamonds}. As Oresteen reported, Peters shoved the river and Tollerene called with his full house to drag the pot.

From there, Erik Seidel busted in sixth, followed by German Christoph Vogelsang in fifth, and then Peters in fourth. The three remaining players then began deal negotiations. All three are in the field for the Super High Roller Bowl, so as Oresteen stated, "rest was a motivating factor" in opting to not play it down to a champion.

Follow the Super High Roller Bowl

The PokerNews Live Reporting team will be at Aria all week providing coverage of the Super High Roller Bowl. A field of 56 players — pros, celebrities, and businessmen — will compete for millions of dollars and one of poker's most prestigious titles. For a complete look at the field and past history of the event, be sure to check out the overview written by Frank op de Woerd.

You can also follow the event on PokerGo, the new video subscription service launched by Poker Central. The premium service, which will air the event live from Aria every day, costs $99 annually or $10 monthly. The first day of the Super High Roller Bowl on PokerGo is free, but you'll need to sign up for a premium account to watch the remainder of the event.

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