December is shaping up to be a busy month for poker in Las Vegas.
In addition to the news that the 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) $10,000 Main Event will have a live component at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, ARIA Resort & Casino has announced the return of its live $10,000 no-limit hold’em High Roller tournaments.
From December 3-5, a daily $10,000 buy-in NLH tournament will take place at 2 p.m. local time. As usual, those who register on-time will be incentivized with a lower $200 rake whereas late registrants and re-entries will pay $500. Levels are 40 minutes with late registration ending after Level 6. A 30-second shot clock will be in effect along with each player receiving a half dozen 30-second time extensions.
The tournament, which will be played six-handed, will require all players, staff, and organizers to wear a mask. While the tournament is open to anyone, the primary focus is to attract the local Las Vegas players.
ARIA reopened their poker room on July 1 for cash game place. On September 18, they reintroduced daily tournaments.
ARIA December High Roller Schedule
|Thursday, December 3||ARIA High Roller I||$10,000||2 p.m.|
|Friday, December 4||ARIA High Roller II||$10,000||2 p.m.|
|Saturday, December 5||ARIA High Roller III||$10,000||2 p.m.|
Picking Up Where They Left Off
In 2019, the venue played host to 33 editions of ARIA High Rollers. The tournaments tend to attract some of the biggest names in poker, and last October a similar series saw the boisterous Randall Emmett claim two of the three titles for a combined $210,600. Barry Hutter took down the other title for $71,360.
More recently, ARIA got two high rollers off the ground in 2020 prior to the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. Back on February, 20, Jacob Daniels topped a 35-entry field to win a $10K High Roller for $117,000 after a heads-up deal with Seth Davies, who claimed $114,000.
The following day, PokerGO founder Cary Katz navigated his way through a 25-entry field to win the second $10K NLH tournament for $110,000 while Poker Hall of Famer Erik Seidel finished second for $75,000. Jake Schindler and Sam Soverel placed third and fourth for $40,000 and $25,000 respectively.