BetMGM Poker Championship Breaks Records with $3.6 Million Prize Pool and 1,141 Entries

 BetMGM Poker Championship Breaks Records with $3.6 Million Prize Pool and 1,141 Entries

Daniel Maor was the last man standing at the BetMGM Poker Championship hosted at ARIA Resort & Casino, at the conclusion of the event on June 11. Maor outperformed a strong field of 1,141 players to seize the title at the live-streamed final table in the PokerGo Studio at ARIA. Displaying remarkable prowess, Maor eliminated four of the final five competitors, eventually facing Shannon Shorr in heads-up play with a significant chip lead. Maor's win earned him a top prize of $613,914, far exceeding his previous best single-tournament earnings of $101,000.

“I’ve had some close calls at final tables and couldn’t close the deal. It feels great to win a prestigious event like this,” said Maor. “When looking at the overall schedule for the summer, this was something I earmarked because a $3,500 buy-in, $3 million guarantee events don’t come around every day. The structure was great, and I wanted to play in this, especially at a nice venue like ARIA.”

The 2024 ARIA Poker Classic, powered by BetMGM, featured the six-day BetMGM Poker Championship, culminating in record-setting participation. The $3,500 buy-in no limit Hold’em tournament drew 1,141 entrants, including over 150 BetMGM online qualifiers, creating a $3.6 million prize pool and surpassing the $3 million guarantee. By comparison, the 2022 event had 343 entries and a $1.1 million prize pool. Last year's $2 million guarantee event reached $3.2 million, with Leo Taffe taking home $560,442.

Luke Staudenmaier, BetMGM’s Director of Poker, remarked, “The BetMGM Poker Championship is quickly becoming a summer staple for Las Vegas poker players as we, once again, showed notable growth. A sincere thanks to all participating players as well as the highly skilled and professional ARIA staff. We look forward to returning bigger and better in 2025!”

Watch the full final table below:

Ryan Kirk, ARIA’s Director of Poker Operations, added, “The BetMGM Poker Championship at ARIA was a huge success for the third consecutive year. The tournament field was the largest to date, we awarded more prize money than ever before, and the competitors enjoyed their ARIA experience. Our partnership with BetMGM has further strengthened our position as a global leader in the Poker industry.”

The ARIA Poker Classic continues through July 13. BetMGM Poker players in New Jersey, Michigan, and Pennsylvania can still qualify for the ARIA Poker Classic through June 20 online.

Final Table Results:

  1. Daniel Maor – $613,914
  2. Shannon Shorr – $430,367
  3. Lyu Jun Qiang – $279,207
  4. Jordan Westmorland – $206,914
  5. James Romero – $156,344
  6. Eric Baldwin – $126,405
  7. Ethan ‘Rampage’ Yau – $104,424

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