The 2018 Poker Masters kicks off at ARIA
Poker Central and the ARIA Resort and Casino in Las Vegas made a joint announcement in June that the prestigious Poker Masters would return to the ARIA in September, and indeed it did. The series is Season 2 of the Poker Masters and it has returned 7 high stakes events scheduled between 7-15 September. The series kicked off with Event #1: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em, beginning with the smallest buy-in that we're going to see over the next week.
With such high buy-ins, only the best in the business will be a part of this series and yesterday, with a total of 69 entries registering to Event #1. The registration period ended, and we also reached the pay-outs stage by the end of Day 1, with just 6 players left to resume on Day 2 later today.
The top 10 players are being paid out a minimum cash prize of $20,700 and the final six will all have their eyes on $193k top prize. Leading the chip counts at the moment is USA's Brandon Adams, a pro with over $3 million in live cashes, and his most recent big win coming in April, winning at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown.
Current chip counts:
- Brandon Adams - 2,385,000
- Rainer Kempe - 2,230,000
- David Peters - 1,585,000
- Cord Garcia - 1,125,000
- Brian Green - 880,000
- Isaac Haxton - 410,000
Adams will have a tough time on Day 2, having to get past the likes of David Peters, Rainer Kempe, Isaac Haxton and others, who are all very accomplished poker pros. GutshotMagazine.com will bring you daily updates from the 2018 Poker Masters, so stay tuned.
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