Poker Central Announces Australian Poker Open and SHRB Australia

Australian Poker Open and Super High Roller Bowl Australia
The Australian Poker Open and Super High Roller Bowl Australia head Down Under in early 2020

More poker is coming to Australia, as Poker Central recently announced further international expansion of its events with the Australian Poker Open and Super High Roller Bowl Australia headed Down Under in early 2020.

The Australian Poker Open will follow a similar format to the U.S. Poker Open held in Las Vegas and the British Poker Open that took place in London. It’s a series of high-stakes tournaments over a week’s time with the goal of crowning an overall series winner as the first-ever Australian Poker Open Champion. The Australian Poker Open is scheduled to run January 25 through February 1, featuring seven events ranging in buy-ins from $10,000 up to $100,000.

Super High Roller Bowl Australia ups the antes with a $250,000 buy-in starting February 2. The event is scheduled to run for three days.

APO and SHRB Australia Schedule

Date Event
January 25 $10,000 No Limit Hold’em
January 26 $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha
January 27 $10,000 No Limit Hold’em
January 28 $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha
January 29 $25,000 No Limit Hold’em
January 30 $50,000 No Limit Hold’em
January 31 $100,000 No Limit Hold’em
February 2 $250,000 Super High Roller Bowl

All buy-ins listed are in Australian dollars.

Both the Australian Poker Open and Super High Roller Bowl Australia take place at The Star Gold Coast in Broadbeach, Queensland, and will stream exclusively on PokerGO. The two events are said to be held in partnership with the World Poker Tour.

What To Expect

With a start date of January 25, the Australian Poker Open kicks off one day after the conclusion of the 2020 Aussie Millions at Crown Melbourne. It can be expected that several high-profile players will bundle the two festivals into one trip, hitting Melbourne first for Aussie Millions and then hopping over to Gold Coast for the Australian Poker Open and Super High Roller Bowl Australia events.

The two schedules line up conveniently for players looking to compete in a heap of high buy-in events in a short time period. The Aussie Millions schedule calls for a $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha event starting January 13, the $25,000 Challenge starting January 15, the $10,600 Main Event and the $50,000 Challenge starting January 17, and the $100,000 Challenge starting January 22.

It can also be expected that we’ll see several of the region’s top talents on display, which can provide us with some newer faces in the crowd. Players such as Danny Tang, Kahle Burns should be in the mix, and then we might even see the likes of Joe Hachem, Alexander Lynskey, Jonathan Karamalikis, and Jason Gray taking part. We also know that big names such as Phil Ivey, John Juanda, and Patrik Antonius absolutely love Australia. Although we don’t see these players on the scene as much as we once did, there’s a good chance we’ll see them compete in these tournaments.

History of the Super High Roller Bowl

Australia will be the fifth country to host Poker Central’s Super High Roller Bowl. The event began in Las Vegas in 2015. In 2018, the Super High Roller Bowl took its brand to China, and then in 2019 it hit London and the Bahamas.

There have been eight Super High Roller Bowl events to date, with five being held in Las Vegas and then one in each of China, London, and the Bahamas. Super High Roller Bowl Australia will be the ninth Super High Roller Bowl to take place.

The smallest Super High Roller Bowl field size was Super High Roller Bowl London in 2019. It had 12 entries. The largest field size came from Super High Roller Bowl China in 2018 with 75 entries.

Super High Roller Bowl Winners

Event Entries Winner Prize
SHRB I 43 Brian Rast $7,525,000
SHRB II 49 Rainer Kempe $5,000,000
SHRB III 56 Christoph Vogelsang $6,000,000
SHRB China 75 Justin Bonomo $5,000,000
SHRB IV 48 Justin Bonomo $4,821,516
SHRB V 36 Isaac Haxton $3,672,000
SHRB London 12 Cary Katz $2,610,317
SHRB Bahamas 51 Daniel Dvoress $4,080,000

The eight Super High Roller Bowl events that have taken place have awarded more than $113 million in prize money, with Justin Bonomo, the winner of two Super High Roller Bowl titles, leading the list of earners from these events.

SHRB All-Time Money List

Player Cashes Wins Earnings
Justin Bonomo 4 2 $10,931,516
Brian Rast 1 1 $7,525,000
Christoph Vogelsang 2 1 $7,200,000
Rainer Kempe 2 1 $7,039,806
Scott Seiver 1 0 $5,160,000
Isaac Haxton 2 1 $4,599,515
Erik Seidel 3 0 $4,535,000
Daniel Dvoress 1 1 $4,080,000
Jake Schindler 1 0 $3,600,000
Jason Koon 4 0 $3,539,512
Fedor Holz 1 0 $3,500,000
Stephen Chidwick 3 0 $3,410,058
Connor Drinan 1 0 $3,225,000
Patrik Antonius 1 0 $3,152,434
Daniel Negreanu 1 0 $3,000,000
Wai Leong Chan 1 0 $2,677,500
David Peters 2 0 $2,617,621
Cary Katz 1 1 $2,610,317
Stefan Schillhabel 1 0 $2,400,000
Bryn Kenney 2 0 $2,283,495
Alex Foxen 1 0 $2,160,000
Timofey Kuznetsov 1 0 $2,150,000
Leon Tsoukernik 1 0 $1,800,000
Kethy Lehne 1 0 $1,785,000
Dominik Nitsche 1 0 $1,668,932
Ali Imsirovic 2 0 $1,658,707
Mikita Badziakouski 1 0 $1,600,000
Phil Hellmuth 1 0 $1,600,000
Byron Kaverman 1 0 $1,400,000
Talal Shakerchi 1 0 $1,188,000
Seth Davies 2 0 $1,110,000
Matt Berkey 1 0 $1,100,000
Tom Marchese 1 0 $1,075,000
Pratyush Buddiga 1 0 $1,000,000
Adrian Mateos 1 0 $972,000
Nick Petrangelo 1 0 $900,000
Steve O’Dwyer 1 0 $765,000
Igor Kurganov 1 0 $756,000
Daniel Cates 1 0 $742,012
Dan Shak 1 0 $600,000
Dan Smith 1 0 $556509