Super High Roller Bowl makes December a permanent home, promises multiple surprises for players
The fifth edition of the highly successful Super High Roller Bowl poker series is set to take place on December 17-19, organizers announced Tuesday. The major live tournament event has traditionally taken place in May ahead of the World Series of Poker. However, the days leading up to Christmas are now set to turn into a permanent home of the Super High Roller Bowl, Poker Central said in a press release.
The high roller event first took place in 2015 when US poker pro Brian Rast topped its field for a hefty first-place prize of $7.525 million and the prestige that goes along with winning a tournament of this scale.
As usual, the Super High Roller Bowl will take place at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. And as in its previous editions, it will once again feature a cap of 48 players. The Super High Roller Bowl has featured a $300,000 buy-in fee in all but one previous editions and organizers will keep that fee for its fifth edition. This means that the event will feature a prize pool of $14.4 million and the winner will take home the amount of $5 million in a first-place cash prize as well as the Super High Roller Bowl championship ring, known to have become one of poker’s most coveted trophies.
All players who are interested to take part in the event will have to make a $30,000 deposit by November 26. Of all 48 spots available, 25 will be determined by a live lottery that will be drawn on November 27. There will also be 18 seats reserved for ARIA VIP guest entries. Last but not least, five seats will be awarded to those occupying the top five spots in the High Roller of the Year leaderboard.
Previous Super High Roller Bowl Winners
As mentioned earlier, it was US poker pro Brian Rast who bested the field of the inaugural Super High Roller Bowl in 2015. The player collected $7.525 million from the prize pool and the champion’s ring after he managed to outwit some of poker’s most seasoned players.
Germany’s Rainer Kempe won the 2016 edition of the tournament. The player was awarded $5 million for his feat. It is also interesting to note that Kempe faced another German poker star heads-up. He played against Fedor Holz for the title. Holz eventually collected $3.5 million for his runner-up finish.
The third edition of the Super High Roller Bowl saw another German poker pro walk out with the title and the first-place prize of $6 million. That lucky player was Christoph Vogelsang. He was crowned the victor after three days of quality poker action and a heads-up duel against Jake Schindler, who took home $3.6 million for his runner-up finish.
Justin Bonomo is the reigning Super High Roller Bowl champion. The player won the tournament this summer for a first-place prize of $5 million. It is important to note that Bonomo actually won most of the major high roller tournaments on the 2018 poker calendar, scooping more than $20 million in earnings in the process and overtaking Daniel Negreanu on the all-time money list.
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