Ali Imsirovic dominated the four-event high roller series held this past weekend at ARIA Poker Room in Las Vegas. The 26-year-old poker pro made it down to heads-up play in three consecutive events. Incredibly, he faced Sean Perry for the title each time. Imsirovic won two of the three heads-up showdowns, cashing for $721,300 along the way. The Bosnian-born American increased his career tournament earnings to more than $10.8 million as a result of this latest hot streak.
Imsirovic started his incredible run in the second event of the series. The $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em high roller attracted a field of 53 total entries, creating a prize pool of $530,000 that was paid out among the top eight finishers. It was Perry who emerged victorious in the pair’s first heads-up clash for the title, earning $169,600. Imsirovic scored $111,300 as the runner-up finisher, but he was just getting started.
The following day saw 31 entries made in event no. 3, a $25,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em high roller. The strong turnout created a prize pool of $775,000, with the largest share ultimately going to Imsirovic. He cashed for $310,000 after defeating Perry in their second bout for a title in as many days. Perry was awarded $201,500 as the runner-up this time around.
Won the Aria 25k for $310,000! pic.twitter.com/aiIVfyVmPA
— Ali (@aliImsirovic) April 3, 2021
The final event of the series was another $25,000 buy-in which was held on Saturday, April 3. A total of 30 entries were made by the time registration officially closed for the series, building a $750,000 prize pool. Imsirovic broke the tie with Perry, beating him in a third consecutive heads-up battle for the win to earn $300,000.
— Ali (@aliImsirovic) April 4, 2021
Perry cashed for $195,000 as the second-place finisher to close out his own incredible run in this series. Perry cashed in all four high-stakes tournaments on the schedule, accruing $601,300 along the way. He also earned 985 Card Player Player of the Year points across those four scores.
Perry now has a total of seven POY-qualified final table finishes to his name in 2021. With 1,370 points and $731,700 in year-to-date earnings, he currently sits in 10th place in the overall POY race standings, which are sponsored by Global Poker. His recent run of success has grown his lifetime tournament earnings to over $1.6 million.
Imsirovic scored 922 POY points across his three cashes during this series. He has now made seven POY-qualified final tables so far in 2021. In fact, of the 14 high roller events held at Aria so far this year, he has cashed in eight and won four. With 1,654 points and $1,380,610 in total cashes up to this point, he has surged into fourth place on the POY leaderboard for the time being.