High Stakes Glitch at the Aria

High Stakes Glitch at the Aria

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

The Aria Casino's highly anticipated Super High Roller cash game got underway on Monday night in Las Vegas but the live streamed event has managed to make the headlines for the wrong reasons.

Despite boasting excellent production values and virtually every world class poker player in the game, one hand caught the attention of viewers in the early hours. After some pre-flop betting between Douglas Polk and Dan Colman, the action went to the flop as it always does.

However, after watching the dealer burn and turn the first three community cards the action was brought to an abrupt halt after two cards of the same value hit the felt. While some may have initially thought they were seeing double, the dealer had actually laid out at As Qc Qc flop.

Naturally, the game was immediately stopped and a full investigation was launched into why the deck contained an extra card. Thankfully the incident was resolved before viewers had time to post the word "rigged" online and the players were given a full debrief.

"This was confirmed terrifying ha ha. Thankfully everything worked out and the people in production and the Aria staff made it clear what happened, and what was to happen," said PokerStars pro Jamie Staples who is currently taking part in the game.

Aside from technical glitch, the event appears to have drawn impressive crowds. According to Poker Central's Twitch stream, the game is averaging around 9,000 viewers at any one time. Moreover, the total number of viewers has reached almost 1.5 million over the course of three days; something which is highly impressive.

Although the event is set to conclude today, high stakes fans will have yet more action to feast on last this week courtesy of the Super High Roller Bowl. Featuring the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth and Phil Galfond, the $500,000 buy-in event will be one of the main attractions this summer and a definite match for anything taking place at the WSOP.

Tags: Aria, Super High Roller Cash Game