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  1. High-stakes poker pro Brian tsarrastRast (pictured) cashed five times in this year's WSOP, but only earned a little more than $50,000 for his efforts. For someone with a track record as stellar as the 33-year-old's, the series could be considered a disappointment. But his summer changed dramatically after winning his seat into the $500,000 buy-in Aria Super High Roller Bowl in a $25,000 satellite and going on to take first place for $7.5 million. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- In a podcast with poker mind coach Elliot Roe, Rast described the strategies he used to focus and turn $25,000 into a seven-figure score. According to the poker pro, three satellites into the tournament were offered, but only the first and third gained enough players to award the full amount of the seat. The payout structure was daunting, with first taking the $500,000 entry, second winning $25,000, and third place receiving nothing. Rast bested the field in the first satellite and called the massive jump in prizes "the biggest bubble of the summer." Rast revealed that although he had won his $500,000 entry, he still ended up selling pieces of himself. "It was great because now I was going to make money on the $500,000 no matter what," he said. "It was a great spot to be in. There was no stress in the [tournament]. It wasn't like I would be out of whatever [money] I kept of myself. It was nice." The high-stakes pro described his bankroll management as conservative compared to younger players. "I believe that many poker players younger than me, given my bankroll, would keep a bigger piece than I would, butyou don't win every tournament," he added. "I like the feeling that, win or lose, it's not going to matter too much to me." He discussed how he remained focused in the event, explaining that the high stakes involved captured his complete attention, unlike smaller buy-in tournaments. He also talked about listening to a meditative mantra on breaks, which he and his wife had been listening to at home. He also took her advice to avoid speaking to friends on the rail, which could damage his concentration. His mental focus was put to the test during a hand in which Scott Seiver (pictured) took a massive pot with pocket eights versus Rast's pocket kings. "I just told myself, 'I'm still in it. I'm not going to let that bother me,'" he said. "That was a massive pot. It was for around 14 million of the 21 million chips. If I had won that, I pretty much would have had the tournament locked up." "Don't give up until it's all over. You can still fight and come back and win," he said. "Why put yourself in a state of mind where you're not playing your best?" He told himself he had plenty of time to complain over a drink with his friends after the event, but now was the time to focus on regaining the chip lead. Big One for One Drop champ Antonio Esfandiari was on the rail and commented how impressed he was that Rast was able to compose himself and go "right back to work" in the tournament. Soon after that hand, the tables turned back into Rast's favor when he took out Connor blanconegro Drinan with pocket eights against Drinan's queens. "The eight felt like it was sent there," Rast joked. "Either God put it there or justice put it out there. Finally, I [hit] the eight and he was behind." Listen to the podcast here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  2. [caption width="640"] The Super High Roller Bowl confirmed 47 of 49 entrants on Tuesday.[/caption] Three months before cards are even in the air, the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl at Aria Hotel and Casino has sold out all 49 available seats. And the list of confirmed players reads like a who's-who of the high-stakes tournament scene - with the glaring omission of one name. Andrew Robl, Dan Colman, Doug Polk, Dan Smith and Fedor Holz are among the 47 confirmed names. Brian Rast, who won the 2015 Super High Roller Bowl, is also one of the players who have confirmed their place in the event. Not surprisingly, others from the 2015 final table are also slated to make another run. Runner-up Scott Seiver is joined by Connor Drinan, Timofey Kuznetsov, David Peters and Tom Marchese. Each one of those players cashed for at least $1 million last year when the buy-in was $500,000. "The speed at which this exciting event sold out is evidence of the popularity of the Super High Roller Bowl and of poker itself,” said Clint Stinchcomb, CEO of Poker Central, the broadcast partner of the event. “With some of the most exciting and famous players already locked in, the Super High Roller Bowl will be riveting to watch.” While most of the regulars from the high roller circuit are in this event, one such player is not amongst them. Phil Ivey, who played the event last year, is not included in the list of 47. Other players who are confirmed to play include Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Hellmuth and Erik Seidel. Only 47 of the 49 players in the field were announced as two final spots are being held for ARIA VIPs. A shot-clock will also be enforced throughout the tournament. Players will have 40 seconds to act on their hand and will have five 60-second time banks to use each day to extend their allotted time. Players are also expected to adhere to a business casual dress code and players are not permitted to wear sunglasses at the table. This year, the buy-in is $300,000 and the prizepool is guaranteed at $15,000,000. With $300,000 added to the prizepool by sponsors, the SHRB is a negative-rake event. “I’ve never seen a high-stakes tournament sell out three months in advance," Sean McCormack, ARIA Director of Poker Operations. "It’s unprecedented. We have a significant waiting list, too.” The speed at which the event filled even caught some players off-guard. Registration opened on January 22 and nearly four weeks later, interested players were being turned away. Max Silver, who won a $25,000 High Roller event at Aria last May, attempted to lock up his seat in mid-February, only to find there was no more room. "Guess I'm not playing the Aria 300K," Silver tweeted on February 16. "Seems like I bubbled the remaining spaces for pros." The event runs May 29 to June 1 at the Aria Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Play will start with seven seven-handed tables and the final seven players will all cash. The winner walks away with $5,000,000.
  3. It's not every day that a $300,000 buy-in poker tournament comes along. It's one thing to play with your friends around the kitchen table for pizza money, but it's a whole different animal competing for an estimated $5 million first place prize. Oh, and there's a shot clock. On Thursday, Poker Central, Poker PROductions, and Aria Las Vegas announced the return of the Super High Roller Bowl. As Clint Stinchcomb, CEO of Poker Central, put it, "There are few poker events that can change the landscape of the game overnight – the Super High Roller Bowl is one of them. The 2016 Super High Roller Bowl will be even more exciting than last year's." It starts on May 29 at 2:00pm local time and runs through June 1. The top eight all-time tournament money-earners are scheduled to be in attendance, according to Super High Roller Bowl officials, including the likes of Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth. The tournament is capped at 49 players and is expected to sell out. Aria will begin accepting non-refundable $30,000 deposits on January 22. If the Super High Roller Bowl maxes out, it'll mean a $15 million prize pool and $5 million to first place after an extra $300,000 is added to the pot by sponsors. Aria has reserved 14 seats for its own high-rollers, leaving 35 seats for the general public. As such, Stinchcomb and company expect the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl to sell out rather quickly. Anyone age 21 or over is welcome to buy in; it's not an invitation-only field. Here are the projected payouts, assuming a field of 49: 1st place: $5,000,000 2nd place: $3,500,000 3rd place: $2,400,000 4th place: $1,600,000 5th place: $1,100,000 6th place: $800,000 7th place: $600,000 Poker PROductions will once again produce the event. Its president, Mori Eskandani, relayed, "Like last year, this prestigious tournament is bound to be one of the most talked-about events of 2016. We are excited to return to produce this live event." The final day of the Super High Roller Bowl (June 1) is also the opening day of the 2016 World Series of Poker, also in Las Vegas. Cash games at the Rio for the WSOP actually begin on May 31, but Day 1A of the Colossus II and the Casino Employees Event kick off on June 1. Down the Las Vegas Strip, the action at Aria will be dealt seven-handed. As such, if the Super High Roller Bowl sells out, seven tables of seven players each will be seated when it begins. 2015 marked the first running of the Super High Roller Bowl. It had a $500,000 buy-in last year and attracted a field of 43 players. Brian 'tsarrast' Rasttook it down for $7.5 million, defeating Scott Seiver heads-up for his fourth seven-figure score. The top six finishers in the 2015 Super High Roller Bowl all earned over a million bucks and the action was beamed to Americans on the NBC Sports Network. Rast won a $25,000 satellite to qualify, making his win all the more improbable. [caption width="521"] Brian Rast won the 2015 Super High Roller Bowl[/caption] This time around, players will start with 300,000 in tournament chips and blinds of 600-1,200-200. Each level lasts 75 minutes and there's a 10-minute break following each one. See the full structure here. The 2016 Super High Roller Bowl will feature a 40-second shot clock with five one-minute time banks each day. Seven levels will be played on Day 1 and Day 2; the field whittles down to a final table on Day 3.
  4. [caption width="640"] Rainer Kempe won the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl Wednesday (photo courtesy Poker Central/Joe Giron)[/caption] The 2016 Super High Roller Bowl featured 49 of the world’s best poker players and to the surprise of nobody who has been watching the world of high roller poker tournaments the past few years, it ended up being another celebration of German poker excellence. Rainer Kempe beat countryman Fedor Holz to win second annual Super High Roller Bowl and the $5,000,000 first place prize. Holz’s runner-up finish earned him $3,500,000. The two Germans were responsible for every elimination at the final table on Wednesday night. After Holz opened to 140,000, Dan Shak, down to just over 500,000 in chips, moved all in and Holz called. The German pro tabled [poker card="as"][poker card="9d"] and was ahead of Shak who tabled [poker card="kd"][poker card="js"]. The board ran out [poker card="th"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="8s"][poker card="jd"] to give Holz a jack-high straight and send Shak out in seventh place for $600,000. Nearly one hour later two more players went out. The first to go was Bryn Kenney. With action folded to him on the button, Kenney moved all in for 1,300,000 only to have Holz call from the small blind. Kenney got bad news when he found out his [poker card="7d"][poker card="7h"] was up against Holz’ [poker card="jc"][poker card="jd"]. The board ran out [poker card="ac"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5d"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8d"] to send Kenney out in sixth place. Despite being on the good side of the first two eliminations, Holz remained in second place behind Kempe. And on the very next hand, Kempe put even more distance between himself and the other players. Matt Berkey called from the button before Kempe raised to 205,000 from the small blind and Holz folded his big blind. Berkey responded by moving all in for 1,300,000 and Kempe called. Berkey showed [poker card="as"][poker card="9s"] and needed to improve against Kempe’s [poker card="7c"][poker card="7d"]. Kempe ended up making a set on the [poker card="7h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3d"] flop, but the [poker card="8s"] turn gave Berkey outs to a flush. The [poker card="4d"] river was no help for Berkey and he was out in fifth place for $1,100,000. The final four players played for over two hours before seeing another elimination. While Kempe and Holz did their best to maintain the top two spots, Poker Hall of Famers Erik Seidel and Phil Hellmuth traded turns as the short stack before the 14-time WSOP bracelet winner saw his tournament end. Holz and Seidel folded to Hellmuth who just called from the small blind. Kempe announced he was all in and Hellmuth quickly called. Kempe turned over [poker card="kd"][poker card="jh"] before Hellmuth stood and showed a dominated [poker card="qd"][poker card="js"]. Hellmuth could do nothing but watch as the [poker card="9s"][poker card="6c"][poker card="6d"] flop, [poker card="5d"] turn and [poker card="7s"] river brought him no save and he was eliminated in third place. The $1,600,000 fourth place prize is the second largest of Hellmuth’s career, behind only the $ 2,645,333 he earned for his fourth place finish in the Big One for One Drop in 2012. That left the two young Germans and Seidel in contention and although he spent a good part of the final table fighting off elimination, Seidel eventually did bust. After Holz folded his button, Seidel shoved for 1,200,000 and Kempe called. Seidel held [poker card="ac"][poker card="7d"] but was behind Kempe’s [poker card="ah"][poker card="td"]. Seidel could do nothing but watch the [poker card="9h"][poker card="9s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="ad"][poker card="6d"] run out before exiting the tournament area. The $2.6 million score moved Seidel past Antonio Esfandiari on poker’s all-time earnings list. Seidel has now won $29,283,817 over the course of his career and trails only Daniel Negreanu. While Kempe began the final table with the chip lead and never appeared to have that lead in danger, the heads-up finale proved to be a different story. Kempe and Holz traded the chip lead back and forth over the course of three-and-a-half hours before Kempe finally emerged victorious. The final hand was pocket pair versus pocket pair. Holz raised to 400,000 before Kempe made it 1,200,000 to go. Holz, with just 4,380,000, moved all in and Kempe called. Holz had [poker card="2d"][poker card="2h"] and needed to improve against Kempe’s [poker card="8d"][poker card="8s"]. Holz got no help on the [poker card="th"][poker card="9s"][poker card="5h"] flop, [poker card="4c"] turn or the [poker card="3d"] river and was eliminated in second place as Kempe celebrated the first seven-figure cash of his career. Final Table Payouts Rainer Kempe - $5,000,000 Fedor Holz - $3,500,000 Erik Seidel - $2,400,000 Phil Hellmuth - $1,600,000 Matt Berkey - $1,100,000 Bryn Kenney - $800,000 Dan Shak - $600,000
  5. [caption width="640"] Rainer Kempe leads the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl final table.[/caption] Rainer Kempe might have been one of the least celebrated players in the field when the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl began on Sunday, but the German poker pro now leads the seven-handed final and could be in line for a $5,000,000 score Wednesday night. Kempe finished Day 3 with 5,545,000 chips and the overnight chip lead thanks to a collision with Dan Smith late on Day 3. The final table bubble might go down as one of the most memorable of all time. After Jason Mercier was eliminated in ninth place, the remaining eight players combined to one table. About 30 minutes later Kempe and Smith found themselves playing the biggest hand of the tournament so far. Kempe raised to 110,000 from the cutoff, Smith called from the small blind and Fedor Holz folded the big blind. Smith then checked the [poker card="th"][poker card="8h"][poker card="6s"] flop allowing Kempe to bet 165,000. Smith check-raised to 475,000 and after using one of his time extensions, Kempe moved all in and Smith called. Kempe tabled [poker card="8c"][poker card="8s"] for middle set while Smith showed [poker card="6c"][poker card="6h"] for bottom set. The [poker card="ac"] turn and [poker card="qh"] river changed nothing and Smith was left with just 175,000 while Kempe moved into the lead for the first time. Smith was eliminated just 40 minutes later. Right behind Kempe is fellow German Holz, who bagged up 2,190,000. The former #1 ranked online poker player in the world is just five months removed from winning the $100,000 Alpha8 event at Bellagio and four months from winning the WPT Triton Super High Roller. While the young German contingent sits on top of the chip counts, two members of Poker’s Hall of Fame anchor the bottom. Erik Seidel sits sixth with 1,120,000 while Phil Hellmuth made it through the bubble with the shortest stack, 905,000. Sandwiched in between the Germans and the Hall of Famers is Bryn Kenney (2,085,000), Dan Shak (1,650,000) and the player who started Day 3 with the chip lead, Matt Berkey (1,205,000). All remaining players are guaranteed at least $600,000 with the eventual champion walking away with $5,000,000. The Smith and Mercier eliminations were the two most high-profile of Day 3, but they weren’t the only players sent to the rail. Tom Marchese, Dan Perper, Phil Galfond, Bill Perkins, Phil Laak, Ben Lamb and Andrew Robl also saw their run end on Day 3. Final Table Schedule A special ‘Road to the Final Table’ show airs on Twitch.com/PokerCentral at 6 PM ET with the final table being broadcast live on CBS Sports Network beginning at 7 PM ET. Final Table Chip Counts Rainer Kempe - 5,545,000 Fedor Holz - 2,190,000 Bryn Kenney - 2,085,000 Dan Shak - 1,650,000 Matt Berkey - 1,205,000 Erik Seidel - 1,120,000 Phil Hellmuth - 905,000
  6. [caption width="640"] Brian Rast is one of 49 players confirmed for the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl which will air live on CBS Sports Network this summer[/caption]. Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Jason Mercier and 46 of poker’s biggest ballers are going to be live and in prime time later this summer as the $300,000 buy-in Poker Central Super High Roller Bowl is being broadcast live on CBS Sports Network. “We are excited to bring this world championship event to CBS Sports Network,” said Clint Stinchcomb, CEO of Poker Central, the company behind the tournament. “With $15 million on the line and the world’s best players, including the top four all-time money winners as well as six former #1 ranked players, the Super High Roller Bowl will have audiences glued to the game.” A total of 30 hours of coverage will air on CBS Sports Network over four consecutive days beginning Sunday, May 29. There will also be additional action streamed live on Twitch and Facebook Live each day prior to the live TV coverage including an hour-long Road to the Final Table show previewing the final table. The event, which is being held at the ARIA Resort and Casino, is capped at 49 players and sold out in February - three months before the event. Other players who have secured their spot including Phil Hellmuth, Dan Colman, Phil Galfond and Scott Seiver. “I’ve never seen a high stakes tournament sell out three months in advance. It’s unprecedented,” said Sean McCormack, ARIA Director of Poker Operations. The event is being labeled as “negative rake” event. Each players’ full $300,000 buy-in goes towards the prize pool and sponsors, including MVMT watches, have kicked in an additional $300,000 to bring the total prize pool to $15 million. Last year’s event had a $500,000 buy-in and 47 players. Brian Rast defeated Seiver heads up to win $7,525,000. Rast will be back to defend his title this year. For a complete list of players visit SuperHighRoller.com. Super High Roller Bowl Broadcast Schedule Sunday, May 29 7:00 pm - 3:00 am ET Monday, May 30 8:00 pm - 3:00 am ET Tuesday, May 31 8:00 pm - 3:00 am ET Wednesday, June 1 7:00 pm - 3:00 am ET
  7. [caption width="640"] Matt Berkey is two days away from the biggest score of his career.[/caption] Only 16 players remain in the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl and 15 of them finished Day 2 looking up – way up – at the chip leader, Matt Berkey. The 34-year-old poker pro bagged up 2,816,000 to end Day 2, more than double that of his nearest competitor. The key pot for Berkey, who came into the day second in chips, came against Tom Marchese where he caught Marchese bluffing against his top pair. The pot was worth over 900,000 and pushed Berkey past 2,000,000 in chips. After the day wrapped up, Berkey knew he had put on a show. Timofey ‘TrueTeller’ Kuznetsov, who came into the second day of play with the only stack over 1 million, didn’t see the end of Day 2. The young Russian pro ran his [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"] into Dan Colman’s [poker card="as"][poker card="ad"] for a huge part and then eventually found himself on the losing side of a flush draw against Jason Mercier and was eliminated. While Berkey is the only player to break through the 2 million chip mark, six players finished with at least a million in the bag. Poker Hall of Famer Erik Seidel bagged 1,299,000, the second biggest stack. Dan Shak (1,243,000) and Jason Mercier (1,208,000) are right behind Seidel. Dan Smith, Bryn Kenney and Andrew Robl round out the group of players closest to Berkey. The defending champ, Brian Rast, won’t be repeating the feat as Dan Smith took him out in an all-in preflop situation. Rast’s [poker card="ah"][poker card="5h"] wasn’t able to catch up to Smith’s [poker card="ac"][poker card="jc"] and his run was over. Daniel Negreanu headlines the other 17 players eliminated on Day 2. Negreanu took a number of successive beats and was finally eliminated by Kathy Lehne. She soon joined him on the rail. Other Dy 2 eliminations included Stephen Chidwick, Dominik Nitsche, Bobby Boldwin, Dan Colman and David Peters. The remaining 16 players return on Tuesday to play down to a final table of seven players. Day 3 Schedule Action gets underway Tuesday at 1 PM PT. The Twitch stream runs from 2 PM – 5 PM PT on https://www.twitch.tv/pokercentral with CBS Sports Network picking up the live, cards up coverage at 5 PM PT Top 10 Chip Counts Matt Berkey - 2,816,000 Erik Seidel - 1,299,000 Dan Shak - 1,243,000 Jason Mercier - 1,208,000 Dan Smith - 1,152,000 Bryn Kenney - 1,097,000 Andrew Robl - 1,075,000 Phil Hellmuth - 936,000 Fedor Holz - 751,000 Rainer Kempe - 740,000
  8. [caption width="640"] Christoph Vogelsang put together a comeback effort to win the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl. (PokerCentral photo)[/caption] The biggest event in poker reached a final table after nearly a week of play as the Super High Roller Bowl played to its conclusion over the course of Wednesday and Thursday. The $300,000 buy in event brought out the biggest and brightest stars in poker and it was Christoph Vogelsang who managed to top the field of 56 to claim the first place prize of $6,000,000. Jake Schindler came into the final table as the chip leader as the largest bubble of the year was in play. Only seven players would reach the min-cash of $600,000 while one unlucky entrant would have to settle for a $60,000 rebate. Jason Koon started the final table as the short stack and managed to stay alive for a few hours but ultimately succumbed to Schindler. Schindler opened to 90,000 and Koon called out of the big blind. Koon checked the [poker card="kc"][poker card="ts"][poker card="8d"] flop and Schindler continued for 75,000. Koon moved all in for 470,000 and Schindler called. Schindler had flopped a set [poker card="8h"][poker card="8s"] and Koon had a straight draw [poker card="9h"][poker card="7h"]. The [poker card="5d"] turn changed nothing and the [poker card="2s"] wrapped up Koon’s run. A few hours passed before the next victim fell and that was Justin Bonomo, who started Day 3 with the chip lead. Vogelsang limped the small blind and Bonomo raised to 175,000. Vogelsang called and checked the [poker card="9h"][poker card="2d"][poker card="2s"] flop. Bonomo bet 100,000 and Vogelsang called to the [poker card="jc"] turn. The two players checked and the [poker card="qh"] came on the river. Vogelsang checked once more and Bonomo bet 700,000. His bet was met by an all in raise from Vogelsang. Bonomo called and showed [poker card="4s"][poker card="2h"] but was bested by the [poker card="ks"][poker card="tc"] of Vogelsang. The turning point of the final table came shortly after Bonomo’s elimination as Schindler and Pratyush Buddiga clashed in a pot worth almost half of the chips in play. Vogelsang opened for a raise to 90,000 and Schindler called on the button. Buddiga three-bet to 400,000 in the big blind and only Schindler called. Buddiga checked the [poker card="qh"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7c"] flop and called a bet of 400,000 from Schindler. Buddiga check-called for 750,000 more on the [poker card="3s"] turn and checked the [poker card="3c"] river. Schindler moved all in for about 2,000,000 and Buddiga called with [poker card="ad"][poker card="as"] only to be shown [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"] by Schindler. Buddiga was cut down to 15 big blinds and was eliminated a short while later by Leon Tsoukernik when his [poker card="ac"][poker card="9h"] got in on a [poker card="ad"][poker card="jd"][poker card="7s"] flop against Tsoukernik’s [poker card="ah"][poker card="qs"] but failed to come from behind. Byron Kaverman was the next player to exit the final table stage as Schindler added to this chip lead. Schindler held [poker card="ah"][poker card="as"] against Kaverman’s [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"] for the latter’s final 895,000. The board ran out clean for Schindler and he moved his stack over 10,000,000 at that point. The final elimination of the night was Tsoukernik as the King’s Casino owner and the lone recreational player left in the field met his end. Vogelsang opened to 130,000 and Tsoukernik moved all in for 2,200,000. Vogelsang called with [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"] and the [poker card="ad"][poker card="td"] of Tsoukernik was drawing dead after a [poker card="kh"][poker card="8d"][poker card="2s"][poker card="kd"][poker card="3s"] run out. Play resumed on Thursday as three-handed play commenced between Stefan Schillhabel, Schindler and Vogelsang. Schillhabel started the day with less than 20 big blinds and was shown the door by Schindler. Schillhabel opened the button to 130,000 and Schindler called with [poker card="td"][poker card="9d"]. Vogelsang put in a raise to 400,000 with [poker card="qd"][poker card="qs"] and Schillhabel moved all in for 1,500,000 with Vogelsang calling behind. Schillhabel picked up a pair on the [poker card="js"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3c"] flop but improved no further. Schindler started heads up play with the chip lead over Vogelsang but Vogelsang refused to go quietly and doubled up a few hours into heads up play to put the match on ice. Vogelsang limped in and Schindler raised to 400,000 with the blinds at 50,000/100,000 with [poker card="8h"][poker card="8s"]. Vogelsang called with [poker card="ah"][poker card="5s"] and the flop came down [poker card="8c"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2h"]. Schindler be 275,000 and Vogelsang called to the [poker card="qh"] turn. Schindler bet 900,000 and Vogelsang called once more. Schinlder checked the [poker card="4d"] river and Vogelsang moved all in for 3,200,000 and Schindler called to see Vogelsang’s rivered straight. Vogelsang finished the job a few hands later and wrapped up his victory. Schinlder limped in with [poker card="jh"][poker card="8h"] and Vogelsang checked with [10s][poker card="7c"]. Vogelsang checked the [poker card="tc"][poker card="3h"][poker card="2d"] flop and Schindler bet 100,000. The bet was met with a call by Vogelsang and he checked the [poker card="7h"] turn. Schindler bet 500,000 and Vogelsang raised to 1,500,000. Schindler called and the [poker card="2c"] came on the river. Vogelsang bet 2,300,000 and Schindler moved all in for 6,200,000. Vogelsang found the right call at the right time and was rewarded with the first place prize of $6,000,000. Final Table Payouts Christoph Vogelsang - $6,000,000 Jake Schindler - $3,600,000 Stefan Schillhabel - $2,400,000 Leon Tsoukernik - $1,800,000 Byron Kaverman - $1,400,000 Pratyush Buddiga - $1,000,000 Justin Bonomo - $600,000 Jason Koon - $60,000
  9. [caption width="640"] Daniel Negreanu and Kevin Hart are just two players that could round out the field of the PokerCentral Super High Roller Bowl (PokerStars photo)[/caption] Just about two weeks ago, Aria poker room management was faced with a difficult decision. When registration opened for the 2017 PokerCentral Super High Roller Bowl, a total of 54 players put down a deposit to lock up their spot in the $300,000 buy-in event. Only problem was there were only 35 spots open to the public while the other 15 spots in the 50-player event were being held for invited players only. Degens gonna degen, so the only solution was to hold a lottery, drawing 35 numbered balls out of a tumbler. Each number corresponded to one of the players who had paid the deposit. You can view the final list of 35 names here and you’ll notice it’s missing some of the bigger names in the game today. In an effort to make make things easier on Aria’s Director of Poker Operations Sean McCormack we’ve compiled a list of ten names - five pros and five recreational players – that should be pat of the field when action kicks off May 28. Daniel Negreanu – Poker’s all-time leading money winner was one of those players who paid their deposit and was ultimately left out of the group of 35. It just makes too much sense to get Negreanu into the event. First off, he’s a PokerCentral ambassador, but beyond that he makes for great TV and success in this event would help him get closer to crossing some of his 2017 goals off of his list. Phil Ivey – The high stakes room at Aria – the host of the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl – is named Ivey’s Room after the ten-time WSOP bracelet winner, an honor bestowed on him when the Aria poker room first opened in 2009. Only problem is Ivey probably couldn’t find it without a map since he apparently hasn't spent a lot of time inside the room. To many poker fans out there, Ivey is still the draw and having him in one of poker’s biggest buy-in events feels like a win for everybody. Jason Koon – Another one of the players who lost out on the lottery, Jason Koon might be one of the hottest high stakes players on the planet right now. Since July 2016 he’s cashed ten times, with four of those being wins, for $4,544,781. In January he won the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Super High Roller for $1,650,300. While other players might not want him there, he's certainly earned the invite with his play. Phil Hellmuth – With four days of live TV coverage expected, it’s hard to imagine that Phil Hellmuth won’t find a way to get in front of the cameras. Sure, he can do the commentary like he does for the WSOP Main Event, but Hellmuth loves getting in with the best in the game and showing he can hang. He’s also a PokerCentral and Aria ambassador so it seems likely he’s getting an invite. Mike McDonald – Sure, he’s taken his talents to Twitch lately and is dedicating some time to his PokerShares.com project, but Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald is still a threat on the high stakes tournament scene and has built himself quite the following over the past few years. Besides, who doesn’t want to tune into CBS Sports' coverage of the Canadian guy just staring at everybody? Kevin Hart – The recent PokerStars Championship Bahamas saw comedian Kevin Hart make his super high roller debut. Hart played the $100,000 SHR event, firing two bullets in the event. He made every table he played at a fun one and could be a star of the live broadcast should he find his way to a feature table. Cary Katz – Locks are for doors and windows, but you can safely bet your net worth on Cary Katz getting one of the 15 reserved seats in the PokerCentral Super High Roller Bowl. Why so sure? Well, he’s the founder of PokerCentral and the Super High Roller Bowl is one of his proudest creations. Bobby Baldwin – Sure, he’s a WSOP Main Event champion but even he’s ready and willing to admit that he’s not a professional anymore. Still, having Bobby Baldwin in the tournament would give it a level of prestige and allow the old guard to be represented by one of the best ever. Dan Shak - Yes, he has a day job that he happens to be extremely successful at, but Dan Shak has also amassed $8.7 million in lifetime earnings at the poker table including a seventh place finish in last year's Super High Roller Bowl. He's a regular in the Aria high roller events and has proven on multiple occasions that he's capable of hanging with the younger pros who regularly populate those events. Bill Perkins – If you look at the group of extremely successful businessmen who have entered the world of high stakes tournament poker, none have had more fun that Bill Perkins – and it’s got nothing to do with winning. The hedge fund manager just loves playing poker and the bright lights of the SHRB would be a great place to showcase that.
  10. Some of the biggest names in poker are headed to Aria Hotel & Resort in a few weeks for the third annual Super High Roller Bowl. Daniel Negreanu, Fedor Holz, Jason Mercier, Erik Seidel and Dan Smith are just some of the 56 players in the field this year, and now 888poker wants to put you front and center for all of the action. Between now and May 15, poker fans from anywhere in the world can enter to win the Super High Roller Bowl VIP Backstage Pass, which includes travel for two, accommodation and the chance to meet some of the players at a VIP dinner. The package is valued at $5,000. The contest is free to enter and all it requires is some social media savvy and a little bit of creativity. Visit 888poker on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and post a picture, video or even just a comment explaining why you should get to the free to Las Vegas to rub elbows with some of the game’s greatest players. Make sure to tag 888poker in each post. The 888poker social media team will pick one winner on May 16. There are a couple of rules for entry. All participants must be at least 21 years old and must have a valid 888poker account. If you don’t have an 888poker account, you can sign-up here to get a free $10 on top of your first $10 deposit, PLUS a 100% bonus up to $700 on that same deposit.
  11. Hosted by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and interview players and industry leaders. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES The Super High Roller Bowl was full of high-stakes poker action and some other side drama. Co-hosts Lance Bradley and Matt Clark discuss all of that and also get into the opening days of the 2017 World Series of Poker, the $25K Fantasy draft and rant and rave about how bad the new WSOP Player of the Year system is.
  12. [caption width="640"] PokerGO is the streaming video service from PokerCentral where fans will find the 2017 World Series of Poker and Super High Roller Bowl.[/caption] Last week PokerCentralannounced they had acquired the digital media rights for the World Series of Poker and promised more announcements were forthcoming as to how they planned to use those rights. The company announced Monday the launch of PokerGO, a subscription streaming service that will give poker fans live streaming coverage of the upcoming Super High Roller Bowl and 2017 World Series of Poker. The service, which is available worldwide, costs $10 on a month-to-month basis or $99 annually. “PokerGO will offer the best live and on-demand poker tournaments and content for the fiercely passionate poker fan and casual enthusiast alike - whenever and wherever they want them,” said JR McCabe, chief digital officer of Poker Central. “By pairing PokerGO with our existing network television partnerships, we will offer unique and original programming to the largest potential global audience.” The first event to be streamed live on the app will be the Super High Roller Bowl, the $300,000 buy-in event at Aria Resort & Casino which features some of the biggest names in poker today. The first WSOP event available on PokerGO will be the $111,1111 High Roller for One Drop, beginning with Day 2 action on June 3. All told, the initial PokerGO schedule includes 12 days of streaming over 14 days beginning May 28. All new PokerGO live shows will be produced by Poker PROductions, the company that produces the WSOP for ESPN. “Poker his continually evolved over the years as a thrilling, competitive live sport with millions of fans across the world yearning to watch more and more of the action,” said Mori Eskandani, founder, Poker Productions. “PokerGO’s planned combination of unprecedented live event coverage and premium original programming will make it the ideal service to entertain the poker world with every aspect of the game.” Along with the live streaming of the Super High Roller Bowl and WSOP, PokerGO will also have original programming including Pokerography and a new series called Dead Money: A Super High Roller Bowl Story, which will follow Matt Berkey as he prepares to play the 2017 SHRB. Episodes of Poker PROductions productions like Poker After Dark, Face the Ace, and the Doubles Poker Championship will also be available. The PokerGO app will be available in all app stores in the coming days.
  13. [caption width="640"] The Aria is once again hosting the 0,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl this May (Aria photo)[/caption] The Super High Roller Bowl is coming back for a third year, and just like years past the highest bankrolled players in the world will be heading to the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas at the end of May, just days before the 2017 World Series of Poker begins. Poker Centralannounced on Tuesday that this year’s installment of the $300,00 buy-in event takes place May 28-31 and just like last year, will be a rake-free tournament. Aria will begin taking deposits from players on February 2 to lock up their spot in the tournament. The field is capped at 50 players and the staff are projecting a $15 million prize pool. Sean McCormack, Director of Poker Operations for the Aria, expects the field to sell out quickly. "Last year’s Super High Roller Bowl sold out in two weeks, well in advance of tournament play," said McCormack. "It was an exciting event for the players and fans who stopped by to watch and we anticipate another successful High Roller Bowl again this year." The field is capped at 50, but Aria has reserved 15 seats for non-professional high rollers and a celebrity guest, meaning only 35 professionals will have the opportunity to take part in the event. Assuming the event sells out its 50 seats, first place will take home $5 million. Last year, Rainer Kempe took home the $5 million first place prize after defeating fellow German pro Fedor Holz heads-up. Brian Rast won the inaugural Super High Roller Bowl in 2015. He earned $7.525 million for his win and defeated Scott Seiver heads-up. The 2015 Super High Roller Bowl was a $500,000 buy-in, however. This year’s field is expected to include many of the game’s best players, including Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Hellmuth, Tom Marchese, and the aforementioned Rast. The tournament will be played seven-handed and Poker PROductions will be producing the televised episodes. Nothing has officially been announced in terms of this year’s broadcast, but last year’s tournament was shown live on the CBS Sports Network. Joe Kakaty, president of Poker Central, indicated in a press release that this year’s tournament will be accessible for fans to watch. “The Super High Roller Bowl is the world championship of high stakes poker,” said Kakaty. “Fans can now follow the action live, from start to finish.”
  14. Hosted by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and interview players and industry leaders. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES PocketFives.com Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark wrap up the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, talk about Mike Sexton moving on from his 15-year run with the World Poker Tour and spend a good amount of time talking all about the upcoming Super High Roller Bowl.
  15. [caption width="640"] Both Kara Scott and 888poker will be back as part of the Super High Roller Bowl this year.[/caption] Fifty-six of the world’s best high stakes poker players will make their way to the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl at the end of May, and now the event has a presenting sponsor. And it’s a familiar face. For the second year in a row, 888poker has been named the presenting sponsor for the $300,000 buy-in event. Now in its third year, the SHRB has become one of the most highly anticipated tournaments on the poker calendar with a worldwide audience, one of the factors that got 888poker executives excited about the event. “Poker Central’s productions offer high-level poker action with world-class poker players. The Super High Roller Bowl is an extremely prestigious event which is followed by a wide and varied audience of poker fans around the world,” said Itai Pazner, Senior Vice President of B2C, 888holdings. Poker PROductions will produce the event for NBC Sports Network, with final details on the broadcast dates and times expected to be announced in the coming weeks. 888poker ambassador Kara Scott will also be back in her role as host for the broadcast. RELATED: KARA SCOTT: FROM A SMALL CANADIAN TOWN TO POKER'S BIGGEST STAGES The event runs May 28 – June 1 at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. All but one seat in the SHRB has been confirmed. Reigning champion Rainer Kempe, 2016 runner-up Fedor Holz, Jason Mercier, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Brian Rast, Erik Seidel, Doug Polk and 888poker ambassador Dominik Nitsche will be part of the field. “The Super High Roller Bowl is truly one of the highest quality events out there. Poker Central does a lot of great things for poker and I am thrilled to see 888poker working closely with them,“ said Nitsche. “The Super High Roller Bowl is a unique event you cannot miss, and I am definitely excited to be kicking off the summer with this tournament.” While most poker fans will have to settle for tuning in in from home, 888poker is sending one player to Las Vegas to watch the action live. The package includes travel, accommodation as well as the opportunity to meet some of the players in the Super High Roller Bowl. If you don’t have an 888poker account yet, sign up through this link and you’ll get a 100% bonus up to a maximum of $700. You'll also get a free $10 on top of the first $10 you deposit available to you right away!
  16. [caption width="640"] The 2017 Super High Roller Bowl will be the largest field in the three-year history of the event (PokerCentral photo)[/caption] When registration for the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl opened last week a total of 54 players made the initial deposit to secure their spot in the biggest buy-in tournament of the year. Only problem is, there were only 35 seats available. The remaining 15 seats were being held back for ARIA VIPs and high rollers. After holding a lottery for the available 35 seats, there were 19 players left out in the cold and unable to play in the $300,000 buy-in event. On Wednesday the ARIA announced they would be adding six more seats to bring the total to 56 players - eight seven-handed tables. “Based on the success of last year’s Super High Roller Bowl and the overwhelming interest in this year’s event, ARIA believed it was in our best interest to increase the size of the event by six players,” said Sean McCormack, ARIA’s Director of Poker Operations. The 21 open spots will now be at the discretion of McCormack and the rest of the ARIA poker management team. Announcements as to who is filling those available seats could come as early as next week. Some of the bigger names who missed out on the lottery include Daniel Negreanu, Jason Koon, Dan Colman and Dan Smith. READ: 10 Players We Hope to See in the Super High Roller Bowl Field“More players getting a chance to play against some of the best competition in the world and more recreational players getting a chance to measure themselves against those top players in a televised event will only add to the total experience for poker fans,” said McCormack. With the rake-free event expected to sell out all 56 seats, the total prize pool will be $16.8 million with the eventual winner walking away with $6 million. Given the overwhelming popularity of the event and the subsequent expansion of the field, organizers have already determined to expand the field for 2018 to 56 as well. The Super High Roller Bowl runs May 28 - 31 at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Complete list of the 35 players guaranteed a seat in the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl Koray AldemirBryn KenneyStefan Schillhabel Matt BerkeyIgor KurganovJake Schindler Pratyush BuddigaJason LesErik Seidel Christian ChristnerAndrew LichtenbergerScott Seiver Connor DrinanAnkush MandaviaSteffen Sontheimer David EinhornTom MarcheseSam Soverel Antonio EsfandiariDominik NitscheBen Sulsky Isaac HaxtonDavid PetersBen Tollerene Fedor HolzNick PetrangeloChristoph Vogelsang John JuandaDoug PolkHaralabos Voulgaris Byron KavermanBrian RastSean Winter Rainer KempeAndrew Robl
  17. [caption width="640"] Dominik Nitsche just played the Poker Masters series, continuing his expansion into high roller events.[/caption] Dominik Nitsche has climbed the live poker ranks from winning a Latin-American Poker Tour Main Event in 2009 for his first ever tournament score to participating in this year’s Super High Roller Bowl. Nitsche reached a new pinnacle two weeks ago when he took part in the first ever Poker Masters series at Aria in Las Vegas. Nitsche’s climb to the rank of player who plays frequently in High Roller events was formed in January 2015 when he decided at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas that he “might as well start playing them all.” That year, Nitsche placed 10th in the $25,000 event in a field of 200 players, earning just under $113,000. To play these events, Nitsche insinuated that he has a group of backers to assist with buy ins noting, “It's nice when you have people who support and believe in your game. It makes it easier to remain confident even if you keep losing for a while." The leap from standard live events to playing a consistent high roller schedule has been an adjustment for Nitsche. Although he faces tougher foes, the 888poker ambassador enjoys how much more money he can win by playing these events. “Poker is poker in a way but in high roller tournaments, you are always playing against people you know very well. They are all either really professional players or some of the best amateurs. It's tough competition for really high stakes. And for me honestly, the money matters the most. The higher the buy in the more money there is to be won,” said Nitsche. Nitsche placed fifth in the openingPoker Masters event but failed to reach the money in any of the following events. Fellow German Steffen Sontheimer won the event and even outside of his performance in the series, Nitsche considers him and Fedor Holz to be his toughest competition in high roller events. “Steffen and I have been doing a lot of theory work together lately and I've been very impressed with his play lately. He just doesn't make any big mistakes and executes his strategy extremely well. Also, he's not scared to make very exploitative plays.” The financial ecosystem of high rollers is a topic that has been the subject of much debate in recent months. Nitsche is not overly concerned about the well going dry anytime soon and foresees a future where the United States is no longer the booming host of high roller action. “I am very optimistic for the future. The high roller scene is growing and the recreational players don't seem to be willing to give up. In general, I'd say the future of high roller poker is in Asia. That's where we will see more and more big events.” The Triton High Roller series in the Philippines is a favorite of Nitsche but for the time being, he prefers to play at Aria. This is due to the multiple events that take place in a short time span along with the implementation of a shot clock. A firm regular in high roller events, Nitsche will be participating in more throughout the rest of the immediate future as he travels to series across the globe. From the time he stepped foot at the World Series of Poker in 2012 and won his first bracelet, Nitsche has always been one of the best in the game. Nitsche has accepted the challenge of winning on a consistent basis in high rollers and his results show he is capable of playing at the highest level.
  18. [caption width="640"] The rise and fall of the 'Hashtag King' is a WTF Moment in itself and one scene, in particular, stood out in the Salomon Ponte tragedy[/caption] As the final days of 2017 slowly tick by, it's time to take a look back at the year in poker. Over the last 10 days of the year, PocketFives is taking readers on a trip back in time to recap the last 12 months in a fun and unique way. To date we've gone over the top five off-the-felt news stories of 2017, the top heaters of the year, covered the game's newest characters, breakout stars and grudges. Now it's time to get weird with the top WTF Moments of 2017. #5 Leon Tsoukernik 'plays his own money' It wouldn’t be a year full of WTF Moments without an iconic quote thrown in. When Super High Roller Bowl live streamed on PokerGO in May, Leon Tsoukernik was the talk of the event for his playing style and table talk. The chat peaked when Tsoukernik took the verbal warfare to the chest of Jason Koon. The two exchanged verbal blows during a crucial part of the tournament with Tsoukernik boasting about his own wealth and the perceived lack of poker pros keeping their own action in a high buy-in event. “I play my own money” catapulted Tsoukernik to a polarizing status of antihero among the poker community. The moment lit up social media and became a catch-phrase for the entire summer. You either loved or hated Tsoukernik’s brash attitude as he gambled his way to a fourth-place finish. His legal troubles aside, Tsoukernik livens up the action when he plays and it will be interesting to see how many appearances he makes in 2018. #4 Salomon Ponte Tries to Sell his Watch Speaking of insane live stream moments, Salomon Ponte put a high bar in place with his antics on Poker Night in America this April. Already a villain in the poker world, Ponte took this live streamed cash game to an unparalleled low when PNIA visited Choctaw. Ponte’s dismal financial status became apparent during the show when, in an effort to accumulate $2,000, he tried with to no avail to pawn off his watches and passport to the rest of the table. The ‘Hashtag King’ quickly turned into a pauper in front of a viewing audience of thousands and the jig on his bit was finally up. Adding to a great year in quotes, Ponte’s “waiting on a wire” line is recycled to this day on Twitter, long after its originator managed to get banned from the site on numerous occasions. #3 Chris Ferguson and Howard Lederer enter Tag Team event Chris Ferguson and Howard Lederer made their return to the World Series of Poker in 2016 but added a new level of infamy to their second act of poker this year. The two faces of the Full Tilt Poker scandal made their formal entrance to this summer’s WSOP by joining together in the Tag Team event. Joining them was former FTP Red Pro and friend, Andy Bloch. The pair have been mostly quiet regarding their past, particularly Ferguson, and showed no qualms in being among the public who primarily despises them. Multiple social media reports of the two playing together were met with scorn and some laughter at the troll. Seemingly everyone got their say in on this matter and the poker community rallied around Schwartz as Kweli continued to levy allegations of racism. Schwartz is one of the best tweeters in the whole poker world and Kweli met his match in what was the WTF Moment of the year.
  19. 2017 was a modestly successful year for Daniel Negreanu and he has his sights set even higher for 2018. On his Full Contact Poker blog, Negreanu posted a list of goals for the new year. In 2017, Negreanu achieved five out of the eight listed and is looking to make good on 10 this year. One notable change comes in his annual World Series of Poker bracelet pursuit. Last year, Negreanu set a high bar with three bracelets. Though he made four final tables, Negreanu came up short of entering the winner’s circle once. With the WSOP four months away, Negreanu’s goal for this year is to win one bracelet which would give him seven for his career. Negreanu’s objectives in the past 12 months primarily centered around the WSOP. This time around, he is shifting his focus toward the High Roller scene. The first item listed for Negreanu in that category is to make the final table of Super High Roller Bowl or the Big One for One Drop. In 2014, Negreanu finished second in the Big One but in the three years of Super High Roller Bowl, has to make the money. This goal ties in with Negreanu’s intention to win a Super High Roller. Negreanu came close to achieving this in December but fell short to Dan Smith in the Bellagio Five Diamond $100,000 event. Should Negreanu achieve any of these tasks, it is likely he will finish 2018 with over $40 million in lifetime tournament earnings. Negreanu notes he would need exactly $4,680,186 to hit that target, his best year since 2004. That number may sound like a lot but with the 65-75 events Negreanu estimates he will play this year, anything is possible if he goes on a run. In fact, Negreanu states that it is “Easier today to post $4 million in cashes than ever before” due to the number of High Roller events that exist across the world. “It’s not easier because the game is easier, quite the contrary, but you are just going to see more and more high roller grinders shoot up the all-time leaderboard. Even players who are breaking even over the last few years will still show anywhere from $6-$8 million in earnings,” Negreanu said. Negreanu fancies himself one of the best all-around players in the world. If indeed he still is, winning the Poker Masters or U.S. Poker Open are not out of the question. Negreanu has the two events listed as one goal as they are two series instead of single events. The first Poker Masters finished in disappointment for Negreanu and forced him to reevaluate his No Limit Hold’em game. The U.S. Poker Open offers mixed events, giving a player of Negreanu’s skill set the opportunity to capitalize. Likely the easiest goal for Negreanu to accomplish from his list is to improve to 115 WSOP cashes or pull closer to Phil Hellmuth’s all-time record. Hellmuth holds 131 cashes and Negreanu would need 12 payout slips to get to 115. Negreanu cashed 11 times in 2017 and has more events to play this year with 78 total to choose from. Hellmuth’s volume has decreased in recent years, giving Negreanu quality odds to pull closer and potentially pass Hellmuth in future years. Should everything go to plan, Negreanu’s mission of profiting at least $2 million is within range. Negreanu expects to spend at least $3 million in total buy-ins during the year. A giant score can make a huge difference in that number being surpassed. The first chance to start moving in on checking each one of these goals off is this week when the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure starts in the Bahamas.
  20. The U.S. Poker Open starts Thursday and has the potential to be one of the best events of the year. More than a handful of the best players in the world are confirmed for some, if not all, of the eight-event schedule. All participating players are worthy of previewing but we decided to cut right to the chase and look at six that stand out. Three No Limit specialists, two Mixed Game maestros and one dark horse. Bryn Kenney The 2017 American GPI Player of the Year made the majority of his over $8 million in earnings in events like the ones in USPO. Kenney, who won a Poker Masters event in 2017, is one of the betting favorites to win take home the US Poker Open Championship, which will be awarded to the best overall player. Already in 2018, Kenney is off to a strong in high rollers thanks to a third-place run in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller. Kenney measures himself against a high standard and the USPO is the perfect chance for him to show why he is the greatest high roller player in the world. Adrian Mateos If Kenney was the best of the high rollers in 2017, Mateos proved once again why he’s #1 in terms of all-around No Limit excellence. This year is off to an excellent start for the young Spaniard with a final table run at the PCA Main Event and two second-place finishes at the Lucky Hearts Poker Open. Mateos won his third WSOP bracelet last summer and picked up two cashes in the Poker Masters. At only 23-years-old, Mateos is already proving himself to be one of the best in the game. USPO could be the tipping point that places him at the top of the game. Jake Schindler Alongside Tom Marchese, Schindler is the co-ruler of the ARIA High Roller Series. Schindler has cashed 26 times in ARIA high roller events is second all-time on that list and earnings. The Super High Roller Bowl served as Schindler’s coming out party to a national audience and built on his dominance against the tough fields assembled at ARIA. Schindler is a quiet threat and always locked in to pick up more wins at his home away from home. Brian Rast The mixed game aspect of USPO is drawing the best all-around players to ARIA. Rast is an excellent No Limit player but also excels in all games. The two-time $50,000 Poker Players Championship winner plays literally every game in the book in Ivey’s Room at ARIA and excels in the tournament format. Rast won the inaugural Super High Roller Bowl in 2015 and is one of the most well-rounded players in the USPO field. Isaac Haxton The android brain of Haxton has optimized No Limit and Pot Limit Omaha in the online realm. Those skills have downloaded onto the live felt. Haxton consistently performs well in High Rollers across the world and is well adjusted to playing in the USPO format. The full eight-game slate in the Mixed Game Championship is fine for Haxton, who made the final table of the 2017 PPC. Almedin Imsirovic Who? Well, 'Ali', as he’s called online, is only 23-years-old as of this week but already competing and winning against the best in the world. Imsirovic entered the $25,000 high rollers at Seminole and PCA and won a $10,000 turbo to wrap up the Bahama series. He might be the one of the youngest in the field but Imsirovic’s experience of playing online for years gives him the necessary reps to take on the world’s best, making him the perfect dark horse for USPO.
  21. The Super High Roller Bowl is taking a trip overseas. PokerCentral, sponsor and creator of the Super High Roller Bowl, has teamed up with Macau Billionaire Poker, a poker room in Macau, to announce the expansion of the Super High Roller Bowl to China. From March 20-22 the inaugural, invite-only Super High Roller Bowl China tournament will take place at the Babylon Casino, at Macau Fisherman’s Wharf in Macau, China. Macau Billionaire Poker has attached a $100 million HKD ($12.8M USD) guarantee with a buy-in of $2,000,000 + $100,000 HKD ($268,000 USD) and unlimited re-entry for those selected to participate. "As the annual Super High Roller Bowl out of Las Vegas continues to be the gold standard for high roller tournament poker, we knew the time was right to expand the format globally," Sampson Simmons, vice president of content at Poker Central commented. "China is one of poker’s largest markets, and Macau Billionaire Poker is a natural partner to help bring the Super High Roller Bowl to poker fans internationally." In 2017 Macau Billionaire Poker hosted the MPB Summer Showdown Main Event, a tournament that boasted a $20 million HKD guarantee, the largest guaranteed prize pool ever for the area. The Super High Roller Bowl China is slated to break that record five times over. "We are delighted to launch a new edition of the Super High Roller Bowl with Poker Central," said Tim Chen, CEO of Macau Billionaire Poker. “We wanted to raise the stakes by providing a prize pool befitting of the event’s renowned stature - we can’t wait to see what unfolds at this inaugural event.” Surely poker fans will be eager to see what unfolds as well. Perhaps, more specifically, who shows up for the tournament. Macau has long been the location of legendary tales of ultra-high stakes poker games with some of the biggest names in poker, like Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan, seemingly swept up in the mystery of Macau. Perhaps the Super High Roller Bowl China will be an opportunity for fans to once again to watch Ivey, Dwan, and more, in action. The event is invite-only and currently is announced with a 49 player maximum, so it’s likely a carefully curated field of some of the elite players in the world matching wits against the richest business-minded poker players in Asia. For those looking to enter, an email address has been provided for potential registration information. Broadcast details of the event to be announced at a later date.
  22. Hosted by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Lance and Matt are back in studio this week following a one-week hiatus to talk about the Super High Roller Bowl lottery and Justin Bonomo's win at Super High Roller Bowl Macau. They also get into the BB Ante debate that continues to dominate Poker Twitter and make fools out of nearly everybody involved. The guys also talk about the recently announced changes to rake at PokerStars and how that could have been handled better by PokerStars. They also review the recently completed VLOG / TURN / RIVER series. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES GET THIS EPISODE ON STITCHER
  23. Hosted by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Lance and Matt are back this week to talk all about the latest additions to the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl field, the success of the partypoker MILLIONS Grand Final and the World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown and talk all about the much-celebrated news that WSOP.com will be launching inter-state liquidity in New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada on May 1.The Fives Podcast: DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES
  24. FIVE THINGS is a column, written by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief, Lance Bradley that covers pressing topics and current events in the poker world today. It will appear periodically at PocketFives.com. Chris Moorman Continues to Dominate Online Almost four years to the day that he was last ranked as the #1 online poker player in the world, Chris Moorman showed everybody that he's still got it. Moorman beat out 1,261 other players to win the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for nearly $40,000. His win came just days after he picked up his 28th PocketFives Triple Crown award. Moorman's dominance of online poker tournaments is well documented on PocketFives, but when you consider he doesn't put in the online volume he used to, it becomes even more clear that Moorman is one of the elite tournament players in the world. There is one glaring omission on Moorman's resume though. He's never won a PokerStars COOP title. He has come close though. In 2009 he finished eighth in the SCOOP Main Event. A year later he finished third in a SCOOP Medium $215 NLH event. The next year he finished third in the SCOOP High $2,100 NLHE event. This year's SCOOP schedule includes 183 events and with Moorman clearly in top form right now, this might be the year that Moorman gets one. WSOP Continues to Tinker with Player of the Year In 2017, the orld Series of Poker revamped their Player of the Year points system. After using GPI and BLUFF scoring systems, WSOP decided to create their own system that rewarded cashing over winning more than the previous systems had. Once players realized this and saw how it worked, there was more than a few vocal opponents who were happy to make their feelings known. The WSOP apparently heard them loud and clear and has, for the fourth time in as many years, changed the scoring system. The WSOP promises that the new system will better reward deep runs and wins over building a resume full of smaller cashes through more events. There are still some players disappointed that the new system is going to reward players who can afford to play the bigger buy-in events. The WSOP Player of the Year award should reflect the best performance of the year. The award shouldn't exclude players who don't play the $10,000 and up buy-in Championship events, but it's hard to consider anybody the best when they don't post strong results against fields largely considered to be the toughest of the year. Germans Unhappy with Super High Roller Bowl Invites In a little over five weeks some of the best poker players in the world will be at the Aria for the $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl. With the field limited to 49 players, and 61 players putting down a deposit to play, a lottery was held for the first 30 seats in March. On Wednesday another 15 names, chosen by Aria Poker management, were released and while it includes the likes of Doug Polk, Fedor Holz, Jake Schindler and Bryn Kenney, it seems that some players are upset with the names chosen. In a tweet that's since been deleted, Steffen Sontheimer pointed out that 12 of the 15 chosen were American and a number of German players who had paid the deposit were passed over. Sontheimer replaced that tweet with the following:   Whether or not the German players were excluded on purpose or not, it makes no sense for the reigning Poker Masters Purple Jacket winner to not be guaranteed a seat in the other PokerCentral events at Aria. The way to build prestige for something new, such as the Purple Jacket, is to have it mean something. Allowing Sontheimer to buy-in to the Super High Roller Bowl if he wants to, would have given the broadcast team multiple opportunities to emphasize to viewers that he is the reigning Poker Masters champion. The same goes for US Poker Open winner Stephen Chidwick. PokerGO and the Aria are building something that could be very, very special in the poker world, but this feels like a real misstep. partypoker Shows Well at MILLIONS Grand Final The Great Poker War of 2018 has partypoker doing their best to usurp PokerStars as the leader not just in the online world, but in the live tournament scene as well. The partypoker MILLIONS Grand Final in Barcelona last week was a showcase for exactly what they're hoping for. The €10,300 buy-in Main Event came with a €10,000,000 guarantee which they smashed with 1,175 entrants. Before the Main Event wrapped up, the schedule also included two €25,000 buy-in events, a €50,000 event and a €100,000 event. Those events drew 88, 90, 57 and 48 players respectively. All four of those events easily surpassed their €2,000,000 guarantees with the €100,000 event prize pool more more than doubling the guaranteed amount. It's a sure-fire sign that players at all levels are recognizing the financial commitment that partypoker has put behind their LIVE tour. Players weren't the only ones who benefited though. Mypartypokerlive.com provided a top-tier live stream product alongside live updates, video interviews and other content. Considering the number of years they have to make up on PokerStars in the live arena, they certainly seem to be taking huge strides. Phil Galfond Progressing with Online Poker Site In the wake of PokerStars cutting off SuperNova Elite players with no notice and the ensuing fall out from some of the impacted players, Phil Galfond began putting the wheels in motion to launch his own online poker site. He made those plans public in September 2016 and had been mostly radio silent since then. That all changed this week when Galfond announced that Phase 1 of RunItOnce would launch this summer. According to Galfond, the first phase of release will only include cash games. Multi-table tournaments and sit-n-gos are expected to be part of Phase 2, which does not have release date. In the latest update, Galfond explained his reasoning for putting out the product in various phases. We decided to stay on course and deliver part of our offering quickly while also working on changes that will allow much more flexibility in our development process going forward. This meant a sped up launch, but a slightly slower path to our final product. Whether or not Galfond can build an online poker site, and more importantly a business that can survive the online poker market of 2018 remains to be seen, but observers who are disappointed or frustrated by the pace at which they're moving forward are missing the point. Galfond could very easily have acquired the software necessary, quickly put in place the necessary marketing and customer service channels and picked up the necessary licensing to operate in some European and ROW markets, but the likelihood of failure would have been sky high. Instead, Galfond and his team are taking their time to build a quality product while also making sure the ancillary product offerings, such as the VIP rewards program, aren't just cookie cutter copies of what's out already there. In the current online poker business environment, slow and steady is bound to at least stay in the race, if not win it. DISCLAIMER: The views expressed here do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of PocketFives.com or its owners.
  25. Justin Bonomo is having himself quite a year and that theme continued on Wednesday night as he defeated a final table that included Daniel Negreanu, Jason Koon and Christoph Vogelsang to win the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl for $5,000,000. The win comes just over two months after he won the Super High Roller Bowl China event for $4.8 million. He’s now won $13.9 million in 2018 from 16 cashes, including six victories. Nick Petrangelo started Day 4 with the second smallest stack and any hope of turning that into a long day was taken away on the first hand of play. Petrangelo raised from the cutoff to 50,000 before Jason Koon re-raised to 130,000 from the button. Petrangelo moved all in for 400,000 and Koon called. Petrangelo showed [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"] but found nothing but bad news when Koon tabled [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"]. The board ran out [poker card="ac"][poker card="ks"][poker card="5s"][poker card="8s"][poker card="qh"] to eliminate Peterangelo in sixth place. It took another two hours before the next player was sent to the rail. Down to just seven big blinds, Christoph Vogelsang moved all in from the small blind and Mikita Badziakouski happily called from the big blind and flipped over [poker card="jd"][poker card="js"] while Vogelsang, the defending champion, wasn’t quite drawing dead with [poker card="qc"][poker card="6c"]. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5c"] flop gave Vogelsang all kinds of hope, but the neither the [poker card="9h"] turn or [poker card="8d"] river fulfilled that hope and Vogelsang was out in fifth place. Four-handed play lasted nearly 5.5 hours before Bonomo and Badziakouski clashed in a blind vs. blind battle. Bonomo raised to 140,000 from the small blind and Badziakouski defended his big. The flop came [poker card="th"][poker card="9c"][poker card="3s"] Badziakouski called Bonomo’s bet of 225,000. The turn was the [poker card="4c"] and Bonomo bet 475,000 before Badziakouski moved all in for 1,500,000. Bonomo snap-called and turned over [poker card="kd"][poker card="tc"] while Badziakouski showed [poker card="td"][poker card="8s"] which put him behind. The river was the [poker card="2h"] and Badziakouski, who began the day with the chip lead, was eliminated in fourth place. The final three players had roughly the same stacks before Koon lost 80% of his chips to Bonomo after both players flopped two pair. Koon was unable to spin his stack up and was eliminated by Bonomo just a few hands later. When heads-up play began, Bonomo had 80% of the chips in play and over the next 90 minutes, he never relinquished the lead before finally finishing off Negreanu. Bonomo raised to 200,000 from the button and Negreanu called. The flop came [poker card="9h"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6d"] and Negreanu checked. Bonomo bet 160,000 and Negreanu responded with a raise to 500,000. Bonomo kept the throttle on and made it 1,250,000 to go, forcing Negreanu into the tank. After a minute to consider his options, Negreanu moved all in for 4,400,000 and Bonomo snap-called and turned over [poker card="9d"][poker card="9s"] for top set while Negreanu showed [poker card="8c"][poker card="7d"] for an open-ended straight draw. The turn was the [poker card="ks"] and the river was the [poker card="6c"], giving Bonomo an unneeded full house and his second Super High Roller Bowl title of 2018. Payouts Justin Bonomo - $5,000,000 Daniel Negreanu - $3,000,000 Jason Koon - $2,100,000 Mikita Badziakouski - $1,600,000 Christoph Vogelsang - $1,200,000 Nick Petrangelo - $900,000 Stephen Chidwick - $600,000 Seth Davies - $90,000
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