The ARIA Resort & Casino played host to several high stakes poker tournaments over the last few days, including the $25,000 buy-in PokerGO Tour Heads-Up Showdown invitational event that was won by Chino Rheem. Prior to that event, Ali Imsirovic had won a $10,000 buy-in high roller event for $149,600 and his fifth title of the year.
The 27-year-old poker pro was one of several high-stakes tournament stars accused of cheating in the past week. Imsirovic has not yet made a public statement in response to those claims. He has been playing and winning plenty since then, though. Just two days after the previously mentioned win at ARIA, Imsirovic outlasted a field of 32 entries in another $10,000 buy-in high roller to earn his sixth title of 2022, along with the $101,903 top prize.
This was Imsirovic’s 18th final-table finish of the year, which brought his to-date POY earnings to more than $3.1 million. He was already the leader in the 2022 POY race, but now this win gave him an even larger advantage over second-ranked Jeremy Ausmus in the 2022 points race, which is sponsored by Global Poker.
Chris Brewer finished as the runner-up in that event, earning $91,011. Brewer and Imsirovic were far from done with this series. The pair both made podium finishes in the $15,000 buy-in event that took place the very next day. That tournament saw 23 entries made, with Brewer coming away with the title and the top prize of $126,519. This was the second title and 11th final-table showing of 2022 for Brewer.
ARIA High Roller $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em:
Ali Imsirovic – $101 903
Chris Brewer – $91 011
Vikenty Shegal – $69 486
Tamon Nakamura – $35 200
John Andress – $22 400
ARIA High Roller $15,000 No-Limit Hold’em:
Chris Brewer – $126 519
Justin Saliba – $98 986
Ali Imsirovic – $84 995
Stanley Tang – $34 500