Sam Soverel Wins $1M at The Aria in Las Vegas

Two days before the November Nine resumed their quest for WSOP glory at the Rio in Las Vegas, just 2 miles down the road the Aria Resort & Casino was hosting one of its famous high roller tournament events. The Aria $100,000 Super High Roller subsequently got underway on the 28th October, and by following day Sam Soverel managed to triumph over the 34 player field to claim the title, as well as a huge first place prize of $1,024,364.
The Florida-based poker pro has been on somewhat of a roll this year, with his latest win boosting his career earnings to $3,596,128, with $2,555,995 of that amount added in 2016 alone. It also completes a hat trick of victories for Soverel, who got off to a good start in January after winning the Aria High Roller $25,000 event for $309,400, before in June capturing a WSOP bracelet at the $ 1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event for $185,317.
At the seat of his latest victory, Sam Soverel competed against some of the game’s best known high rollers , including the likes of Isaac Haxton, Byron Kaverman, Daniel Negreanu, and Igor Kurganov. They all hit the rail without reward, though, and in the end just five players were guaranteed to see a return on their buy-ins.
Tom Marchese Subsequently collected $199,920 for his 5th place finish, while Fedor Holz finished in 4th place ($299,880), with the German pro having now made 15 final table appearances and having captured six titles in 2016 for a total payout of $16,288,714.
The remaining players, Sam Soverel, Brian Rast, and Jake Schindler, subsequently agreed to a deal which took account of their chip counts, with the final table results as follows:
1: Sam Soverel $1,024,364
2: Brian Rast $971,880
3: Jake Schindler $835,956
4: Fedor Holz $299,880
5: Tom Marchese $199,920
Sam Soverel, 25, considered himself predominantly a cash game player before winning the Aria’s $50,000 Super High Roller for $480,200 in 2014. That victory gave him a new found appetite for the format, and as he explained during an interview given earlier this summer:
“I used to think all of the tournament players were pretty bad. But I’ve been playing a lot more tournaments lately and I’ve gained a new respect for the top tournament guys. I did a lot of work on short stack strategy and ICM considerations, because those things don’t really come up in cash games.”

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