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  1. The final three preliminary events of the Super High Roller Bowl Online Series took place on Sunday afternoon giving nosebleed online players one last shot at a six-figure score and SHRB title ahead of Monday’s $100,000 buy-in $3M Gtd Main Event. Linus Loeliger scored his second SHRB Online title after battling through the 64-entry field of Event #26 ($25,000 Super High Roller, 8-Max) for $520,000. Loeliger has only appeared at two final tables and with his victory in Event #18 ($10,300 High Roller, 6-Max) where he earned $237,732, the online pro has a combined winnings total of$757,732. It was yet another final table and six-figure score for Artur Martirosian who, when all was said and done, made seven total final tables in the prelims. Here, he finished as the runner-up and added $352,000 to his soaring SHRB Online totals. Kristen Bickell claimed yet another third-place finish which was good for $236,000. In Event #25 ($10,300 High Roller, 8-Max) Finland’s Samuel Vousden bested the 103-entry field to take home the title and $252,350 payday. Timothy Adams picked up his largest score of the series, finishing his sixth SHRB final table as the runner-up for $180,250. Thomas Muehloecker fell in third place, earning $128,750. Michael Addamo picked up his third final table cash of the series with a win in Event #27 ($10,300 High Roller, 8-Max) for $228,800. Finishing right behind him was Belarusian high stakes crusher Mikita Badziakouski who collected $162,800 as the runner-up. Then, in third place, was Artur Martirosian once again. His seventh final table netted him another $114,400. All told, Martirosian earned $1,684,644 throughout the 27 prelim events. Now, the high-stakes community will turn their attention to a pair of SHRB Online Main Events. Both the $3M Gtd Super High Roler Bowl Main Event and the $1M Gtd Mini Super High Roller Bowl kick off on Monday, June 1 and will play down to a winner the very next day. Event #25: $10,300 High Roller, 8-Max 103 entries $1,030,000 prize pool Samuel Vousden - $252,350 Timothy Adams - $180,250 Thomas Muehloecker - $128,750 Lucas Reeves - $90,125 Nick Schulman - $66,950 Christian Rudolph - $51,500 Kahle Burns - $41,200 Nick Petrangelo - $33,475 Event #26: $25,500 Super High Roller, 8-Max 64 entries $1,600,000 Linus Loeliger - $520,000 Artur Martirosian - $352,000 Kristen Bicknell - $236,000 William Foxen - $148,000 Timothy Adams - $116,000 George Wolff - $92,000 Christoph Vogelsang - $76,000 Isaac Haxton - $60,000 Event #27: $10,300 High Roller, 8-Max 88 entries $880,000 Michael Addamo - $228,800 Mikita Badziakouski - $162,800 Artur Martirosian - $114,400 Kahle Burns - $79,200 Dan Smith - $61,600 Luuk Gieles - $44,000 Ilya Anatski - $35,200 Sam Greenwood - $30,800
  2. The fields in the Super High Roller Bowl Online Series just got a little ‘tougher’. One of the most feared nosebleed tournament opponents in the game, Stephen Chidwick made his SHRB $25K Super High Roller debut and promptly captured his first title and another six-figure score. Chidwick, the recipient of the player-selected award for ’Toughest Opponent’ at the 2020 Global Poker Awards, had been noticeably absent from the daily slate of SHRB Online $25,000 Super High Roller events. But on Saturday, he finally logged on and with a single bullet took down the 43-entry field of Event #23 ($25,000 Super High Roller, 6-Max) for $430,000.01. Chidwick’s latest victory is another in an extensive list of Poker Central branded titles. His extensive poker resume includes deep runs in all three of the Super High Roller Bowls that were held in 2018 (including Macau). Additionally, Chidwick was crowned the inaugural champion of the first U.S. Poker Open as well as taking the first overall championship of the first Australian Poker Open, which was held earlier this year. Artur Martirosian made his way to his fifth final table, his third in the past three days. He finished as the runner-up in Event #23 for $275,140.87 pushing his SHRB Online series total earnings to over $1.2 million. Ireland’s Darrell Goh made his third final table of the series, pulling in $139,750 for third place. In other action, Sam Greenwood joined Viktor Blom as the only other player to have scored multiple SHRB Online Series titles. Greenwood, essentially, went back-to-back with a victory in Event #24 ($10,300 High Roller, 6-Max) for an even $200,000. Yesterday, Greenwood was the day’s biggest winner after taking down Event #20 ($25,500 Super High Roller for $399,000, and now he has a two day total just one dollar short of $600K. Dan Smith, who scored a win earlier in the week, finished as the runner-up which was good for $127,972.50. And Kristen Bicknell picked up a third-place finish for the second day in a row, earning another $65,000. After a pair of near-misses earlier in the series Alexandros Kolonias finally took home a SHRB title after he bested the 77-entry field of Event #22 ($10,300 High Roller, Six Max) for $240,860.62. It’s also been a good week for Matthias Eibinger. Eibinger took down his first PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker title three days ago and his first SHRB title yesterday. On Sunday, he finished as the runner-up in this event for $150,150. Portugal’s Joao Viera keeps getting close to a win. He finished in third place for $92,400 which was his fourth final table in the past four days. In those events, he’s finished in every position second through fifth for a grand total of $405,025. Event #22: $10,300 High Roller, 6-Max 77 entries $770,000 Alexandros Kolonias - $240,860.62 Matthias Eibinger - $150,150 Joao Vieira - $92,400 Darrell Goh - $67,375 Dan Shak - $48,125 Mikita Badziakouski - $32,125 Event #23: $25,500 Super High Roller, 6-Max 43 entries $1,075,000 prize pool Stephen Chidwick - $430,000.01 Artur Martrosian - $275,140.87 Darrell Goh - $139,750 Isaac Haxton - $96,750 Mikita Badziakouski - $75,250 Sergi Reixach - $58,109.12 Event #24: $10,300 High Roller, 6-Max 50 entries $500,000 Sam Greenwood - $200,000 Dan Smith - $127,972.50 Kristen Bicknell - $65,000 Isaac Haxton - $45,000 Ali Imsirovic - $35,000 Kahle Burns - $27,027.50
  3. Another major online poker series kicked off this weekend as the preliminary events in Poker Central’s first-ever Super High Roller Bowl Online series brought out some of the biggest names in the game. The complete series, which takes place on partypoker, will run from May 23 through June 1 and guarantees $20 million in total prize money across 28 High Roller tournaments. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver, Chris Hunichen took home the largest score of the three opening day events, earning $479,250 for his victory in Event #2 ($25,500 No Limit Hold’em Super High Roller ). The two-day event saw a total of 54 entries which pushed the prize pool to $1,350,000. Hunichen’s score ranks as the second-largest online cash of his career, right behind his third-place finish in the 2018 PokerStars SCOOP $10K Main Event for which he took home over $618,000. ‘Big Huni’ defeated another online superstar for the title by besting Viktor Blom in heads-up play. Blom’s runner-up finish was good for $32,625 and comes just a day after finishing third in the WPT Online series PLO High Roller for which he earned $121,200. Mark Davis fell in third place and picked up $205,875. Jans Arends outlasted the 76-entry field of Event #1 ($10,300 No Limit Hold’em High Roller) to take home the $216,600 first-place prize. Finishing right behind him was the UK’s Ben Heath who secured $148,200 as the runner-up. Picking up the bronze was two-time Global Poker Index Player of the Year Alex Foxen who added another $102,600 to his bankroll. Also of note, former worldwide #1-ranked online pro Niklas Astedt finished in sixth place for $41,800 and Daniel Dvoress secured a min-cash of $22,800, his second cash in the first two events. Another player who cashed in two of the three events was Sergi Reixach, who took down Event #3 ($10,300 No Limit Hold’em High Roller) for $191,750. Combined with his fifth-place finish in Event #1, Reixach’s two-score, one day total was just shy of $245,000. Just a week after picking up his fourth career SCOOP title, Mike Watson finished in second place, taking home $129,800 for his efforts. And another former #1-ranked PocketFiver found his way to the podium as Andras Nemeth finished up in third place for $87,025. Event #1: $10,300 High Roller 76 entries $760,000 prize pool Jans Arends - $216,600 Benjamin Heath - $148,200 Alex Foxen - $102,600 Jake Schindler - $68,400 Sergi Lloveras Reixach - $53,200 Niklas Astedt - $41,800 Juan Pardo Dominguez - $34,200 Christopher Fraser - $26,600 Event #2: $25,500 Super High Roller 8-Max 54 entries $1,350,000 prize pool Christopher Hunichen - $479.250 Viktor Blom - $320,625 Mark Davis - $205,875 Vicent Bosca Ramon - $131,625 Rob Lipkin - $87,750 Daniel Dvoress - $67,500 Timothy Adams - $57,375 Event #3: $10,300 High Roller 59 entries $590,000 prize pool Sergi Lloveras Reixach - $191,750 Michael Watson - $129,800 Andras Nemeth - $87,025 Vicent Bosca Ramon - $54,575 Juan Pardo Dominguez - $42,775 John O’ Shea - $33,925 Michael Addamo - $28,025 Jonathan VanFleet - $22,125
  4. Many of the players grinding the Super High Roller Bowl Online on partypoker would probably have Viktor Blom in their list of most talented poker players. On Tuesday, the Swedish superstar lived up to that type of billing with a win and a runner-up finish that earned him nearly $580,000. Blom started the day off with a near-miss after falling to Dan Smith in the heads-up battle for Event #8 ($25,500 Super High Roller). Smith defeated the Swede to walk away with the title and $527,000 while Blom had to settle for earning $365,600. Third-place finisher Artur Martirosian earned $153,000 for his performance. Blom wasn't done though. He outlasted the 74 other entries in Event #9 ($10,300 High Roller) to win $213,750. The last player in his way, Christoph Vogelsang ended up taking home $146,250 while third-place finisher Arnaud Enselme walked away with $101,250. The day began with Luuk Gieles winning Event #7 ($10,300 High Roller) for $234,000. George Wolff fell one spot short of the win and earned $166,500. Ali Imsirovic grabbed a bronze medal and added $117,000 to his bankroll. Another three final events will crown champions on Wednesday with Events #10-#12 playing down to a winner. Event #7 $10,300 High Roller 90 Entries $900,000 Prize pool Luuk Gieles - $234,000 George Wolff - $166,500 Ali Imsirovic - $117,000 Pascal Hartmann - $81,000 Mark Radoja - $63,000 Jonathan Van Fleet - $45,000 Mikita Badziakouski - $36,000 John O'Shea - $31,500 Event #8 $25,500 Super High Roller 68 Entries $1,700,000 Prize pool Dan Smith - $527,000 Viktor Blom - $365,500 Artur Martirosian - $153,000 Simon Higgins - $153,000 Alex Foxen - $119,000 Giuseppe Iadisernia - $97,750 Orpen Kisacikoglu - $80,750 Darrell Goh - $63,750 Event #9 $10,300 High Roller 75 Entries $750,000 Prize pool Viktor Blom - $213,750 Christoph Vogelsang - $146,250 Arnaud Enselme - $101,250 George Wolff - $67,500 Kristen Bicknell - $52,500 Mark Davis - $41,250 Darrell Goh - $33,750 Dan Smith - $26,250
  5. The Super High Roller Bowl Online continued on Monday with another three players, including a pair of Canadians, picking up titles on the second day of action in the 28-event series. The biggest score on Monday went to Canadian Daniel Dvoress. Outlasting 70 other entries in Event #5 $25,500 Six Max NLHE Super High Roller, Dvoress earned $613,986.70. Capping off the victory required Dvoress to take out a pair of former #1-ranked PocketFivers Andras Nemeth had to settle for a $399,375 for finishing as the runner-up while Fedor Holz finished in third place for $213,000. The day began with Mikalai Vaskaboinikau putting the finishing touches on a win in Event #4 ($10,300 Six Max NLHE High Roller). Vaskaboinikau won $293,090 for beating a final table that included George Wolff, Alex Foxen, Darrel Goh, Kristen Bicknell, and Poker Master Purple Jacket winner Alexandros Kolonias. Bicknell finished in second place for $185,500 with Kolonias taking up the final position on the podium for a $127,200 bankroll boost. Foxen made another final table appearance in the final event on Monday's slate. Event #5 $10,300 (Six Max NLHE Super High) had 83 entries with Foxen posting a runner-up performance as Pascal Lefrancois became the second Canadian to grab an SHRB Online title on the day. Lefrancois won $259,638.98 while Foxen ended up with $161,850. Third-place finisher Dan Smith just missed out on a six-figure score, pocketing $99,600 for his efforts. Day 3 of the Super High Roller Bowl Online consists of final tables for Event #7 ($10,300 NLHE High Roller), Event #8 ($25,500 NLHE Super High Roller), and Event #9 ($10,300 NLHE High Roller). Event #4 $10,300 Six Max NLHE High Roller 106 Entries $1,060,000 Prize pool Mikalai Vaskaboinikau - $293,090 Kristen Bicknell - $185,500 Alexandros Kolonias - $127,200 Darrel Goh - $91,160 Alex Foxen - $66,250 George Wolff - $43,990 Event #5 $25,500 Six Max NLHE Super High Roller 71 Entries $1,775,000 Prize pool Daniel Dvoress - $613,986.70 Andras Nemeth - $399,375 Fedor Holz - $213,000 Mikita Badziakouski - $159,750 Dan Smith - $115,375 Nick Petrangelo - $79,875 Event #5 $10,300 Six Max NLHE Super High Roller 83 Entries $830,000 Prize pool Pascal Lefrancois - $259,628.98 Alex Foxen - $161,850 Dan Smith - $99,600 Nick Petrangelo - $72,625 Samuel Vousen - $51,876 Chris Hunichen - $35,275
  6. As the live poker tournament comes to a halt for the foreseeable future in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the last high profile event to wrap up featured a winner putting on a repeat performance. Timothy Adams beat Christoph Vogelsang to win the Super High Roller Bowl Russia for $3.6 million. It was just 41 days ago that Adams beat Kahle Burns to win the Super High Roller Bowl Australia for $1.4 million. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] SHRB Russia drew 40 entries and just seven players returned for the final day of play in Sochi on Sunday. Ben Heath started the day with the chip lead while Adams was right in the middle of the pack. Only six players were getting paid, and it took just 45 minutes for the bubble to burst with Stephen Chidwick being eliminated in seventh place. Once Chidwick was out, it was just 10 minutes before the first player was sent to the cashier cage. Vogelsang raised to 60,000 from the cutoff and Ivan Leow called from the button. The flop came [poker card="qh"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3d"] and Vogelsang bet 55,000. Leow moved all-in for 300,000 and Vogelsang called. Leow turned over [poker card="ah"][poker card="7c"] but got bad news when Vogelsang showed [poker card="qd"][poker card="7d"]. Neither the [poker card="ts"] turn or [poker card="kc"] river were any help for Leow and he was out in sixth place. Five-handed play lasted just over an hour before a battle of the blinds ended with an elimination. Heath raised to XXX,000 from the small blind before Adrian Mateos moved all-in for 1,000,000 from the big. Heath called and showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="qs"] and Mateos turned over [poker card="2c"][poker card="2d"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"][poker card="9s"] flop left Mateos needing one of two deuces. The [poker card="9h"] turn ended all of that though as Heath made a full house. The [poker card="8d"] river completed the board and Mateos exited in fifth place. The four remaining players battled for another five hours without a single elimination. Another blind versus blind situation finally broke that stalemate. Vogelsang and Mikita Badziakouski folded before Heath moved all-in for 1,200,000 and Adams called. Heath turned over [poker card="qs"][poker card="6s"] and Adams had a small edge with [poker card="as"][poker card="2d"]. The board ran out [poker card="js"][poker card="td"][poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"][poker card="5c"] to bust Heath in fourth. Just 20 minutes later, Badziakouski's run ended. Adams folded the button and Vogelsang raised to 1,500,000 and Badziakouski called all-in and turned over [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"] which put him ahead of Vogelsang's [poker card="jh"][poker card="3h"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="9s"][poker card="3s"] flop changed everything and left Badziakouski drawing thin. The [poker card="8s"] turn gave Badziakouski some outs to stay alive but the [poker card="4c"] river was a complete brick, eliminating the Belarusian poker pro in third place. When heads-up play started, Vogelsang held 55% of the chips in play. Over the next two hours both players took turns with the chip lead. As play wore on, the pair agreed to skip a level and just 20 minutes later, Adams put the finishes touches on his victory. Adams completed from the small blind but Vogelsang responded by moving all in for 3,700,000 and Adams snap-called. Vogelsang showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="6d"] but was dominated by Adams' [poker card="ah"][poker card="9s"]. The [poker card="th"][poker card="5s"][poker card="2d"][poker card="jh"][poker card="9d"] runout kept Adams ahead and even improved his hand to a pair of nines on the river to eliminate Vogelsang. Super High Roller Bowl Russia Payouts Timothy Adams - $3,600,000 Christoph Vogelsang - $2,400,000 Mikita Badziakouski - $1,600,000 Ben Heath - $1,000,000 Adrian Mateos - $800,000 Ivan Leow - $600,000
  7. This week, Poker Central announced a new sponsorship deal with the social online poker room, Global Poker. Global Poker, the online poker room that serves players from the United States and Canada, will have their branding included in some of Poker Central’s premier poker broadcasts including the Super High Roller Bowl, Poker Masters, U.S. Poker Open, Poker After Dark as well as a slate of additional, yet-to-be-named U.S. and international events. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] “Kicking off this partnership with Global Poker has been a dream come true for our team,” said Sampson Simmons, president of Poker Central. “Our two companies share a common goal of making poker accessible to fans worldwide, and this partnership will allow both to advance that mission through live events and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.” One of those experiences may be spending some time in the newly created “Global Poker Lounge” located inside the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas. The lounge aims to give poker fans a “heightened poker viewing experience” as well as access to all of the perks of hanging out in the modern studio. “Given the prestige of Poker Central’s events, bringing our brands together feels like the next step in taking both partners to the next level,” said David Lyons, GM of Global Poker, “This partnership will not only promote the events but offer countless opportunities to bring poker players and enthusiasts from all over the world into the action.” Global Poker has plans on bringing its dedicated online players some new offline experiences. Players can look forward to meet-and-greets with popular players at the PokerGO Studio, one-of-a-kind giveaways, and exclusive qualifiers to special events. Global Poker has a history of giving its players a shot at live poker glory. In the past, they have provided leaderboard winners from their major online poker series a chance to represent the brand in a live tournament of their choice. Now, with a partnership with Poker Central in place, the opportunity to see a Global Poker player having a shot in a Sit & Go versus a table full of pros becomes a very real possibility. Global Poker's Sweepstakes model is what allows them to operate in the U.S. and cater to all types of players. They operate in two different currencies. For those who want to play socially, they can buy-in using their Gold Coin currency. Gold Coins are virtual chips with no cash value. For players who want to increase the stakes, there is Sweeps Cash. Players can acquire Sweeps Cash and play in that currency. Then that currency can be turned into “prizes” which is a cash equivalent. The Global Poker sponsored programming will all be available on the PokerGO streaming platform. If you don’t already have a subscription and want to watch all of the upcoming marquee events, including the previously announced new episodes of High Stakes Poker, you can sign up today using the promo code “POCKET5S” for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  8. 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. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] 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
  9. Daniel Dvoress entered the final table of the Super High Roller Bowl Bahamas with a less-than-stellar heads-up record. The Canadian poker pro had just one career live win and five runner-up finishes before Monday. He managed to avoid repeating that history by beating Wai Leong Chan heads-up to win the SHRB Bahamas and the $4,000,000 first-place prize. It took just over two hours of play for the first elimination to happen and a failed bluff played a key role. From UTG, Justin Bonomo raised to 90,000 with [poker card="tc"][poker card="9c"], Erik Seidel called from the button with [poker card="7d"][poker card="7h"] and Seth Davies defended his big blind with [poker card="th"][poker card="9h"]. The [poker card="5d"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3h"] flop got Davies to check before Bonomo bet 80,000. Seidel called and Davies folded. The turn was the [poker card="7c"] and Seidel called after Bonomo slid out a bet of 250,000. The river was the [poker card="8c"] and Bonomo bet 545,000 to leave himself a single 5,000 chip behind. Seidel raised and Bonomo folded. He was eliminated on the next hand when his [poker card="7d"][poker card="6c"] was unable to beat Chan's [poker card="ac"][poker card="4c"]. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Just 30 minutes later, Jason Koon moved all-in for 540,000 from UTG with [poker card="3d"][poker card="3s"] and Kathy Lehne called from the cutoff with [poker card="ad"][poker card="ks"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="ts"][poker card="6s"] flop was no help for Koon and the [poker card="5s"] turn gave Lehne a flush and left Koon drawing dead as the [poker card="jd"] completed the board. Another 45 minutes passed before the next player hit the rail. Steve O'Dwyer moved all in from the hijack for 655,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="9d"] and Seidel called from the small blind wiht [poker card="ad"][poker card="td"]. The [poker card="5h"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="kh"][poker card="7h"] runout offered no reprieve for O'Dwyer and he was eliminated in sixth place. On the next hand, action folded to Dvoress in the small blind and he completed with [poker card="qc"][poker card="3d"] before Davies checked behind with [poker card="kd"][poker card="7c"]. The flop came [poker card="qd"][poker card="9c"][poker card="9s"] and both players checked. The turn was the [poker card="8d"] and Davies called Dvoress' bet of 100,000. The river was the [poker card="2c"] and Dvoress fired out a bet of 900,000 and Davies called all-in and was eliminated in fifth place. Dvoress then doubled through Seidel after making a set of threes on a [poker card="qs"][poker card="7s"][poker card="3h"] flop against Seidel's [poker card="ks"][poker card="2s"]. The [poker card="kd"] and [poker card="7h"] completed the board and Seidel called Dvoress' shove to double into the chip lead. One hand later, Dvoress raised to 125,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="jh"] as the first to act and Seidel called off his last 105,000 from the big blind with [poker card="7h"][poker card="6c"]. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="9h"][poker card="8c"][poker card="3s"][poker card="kh"] runout ended Seidel's tournament with a fourth-place result. Three-handed play lasted almost three hours before Lehne's run at history ended two places short of a title. Already the first woman to enter a Super High Roller Bowl event (2015), Lehne became the first woman to cash in a SHRB after Wai Kin Yong bubbled on Sunday and was working towards becoming the first female winner in SHRB history before Chan derailed all of that. Dvoress opened to 200,000 from the button the with [poker card="8s"][poker card="4s"]. Lehne called from the small blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ad"] before Chan moved all-in from the big blind for 2,800,000 with [poker card="6c"][poker card="6d"]. Dvoress folded and Lehne called instantly. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="ks"][poker card="qd"] flop kept Lehne ahead, as did the [poker card="7d"] turn. The [poker card="6h"] river however gave Chan a full house and eliminated Lehne in third place. Heads-up play began with Dvoress holding 63% of the chips in play. Over the next 90 minutes, Dvoress secured the rest of the chips to win the Super High Roller Bowl Bahamas and pick up a career-best score in the process. Down to just 1,745,000, Chan moved all-in from the button with Jx7x and Dvoress called from the big blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="9d"]. The flop gave Chan a pair of sevens, but Dvoress managed to pair his nine on the river to eliminate Chan in second-place. Super High Roller Bowl Bahamas Payouts Daniel Dvoress - $4,080,000 Wai Leong Chan - $2,677,500 Kathy Lehne - $1,785,000 Erik Seidel - $1,275,000 Seth Davies - $1,020,000 Steve O'Dwyer - $765,000 Jason Koon - $637,500 Justin Bonomo - $510,000
  10. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters are back for another episode of The Fives. This week they discuss the early end of the Rich Alati bathroom prop bet, the record turnout at the World Poker Tour Five Diamond Classic at the Bellagio and talk about Dylan Linde's huge win. They also recap all of the action from the European Poker Tour stop in Prague and talk about Dan Smith's Double Up Drive. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  11. [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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. [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
  15. Each of the last five years, Dan Smith has organized a charity drive that pledges to match a portion of what is donated. This year, Smith, along with a group of poker and daily fantasy sports (DFS) pros, pledged to match up to $1.29 million. The drive is officially called the Double Up Drive and benefits 10 different charities, with eight focused on near-term causes and two focused on the long-term. "Poker is an inherently selfish game," Smith said about using his platform in poker to raise awareness and give back. "For me to win, that means somebody else directly has to lose. After a lot of years of it, I thought there was more to life than just playing cards, and I think it's cool that I was able to use my favorite thing to make a difference in the world." Every year, the drive receives a large amount of support from the gambling world, with both the poker and DFS communities heavily participating. Smith works with Tom and Martin Crowley on the drive, and this year Tom pledged half of his winnings from the DraftKings World Championship Final to the Double Up Drive. Known as 'ChipotleAddict' in the DFS world, Tom incredibly went on to win the event for a haul of $2 million and between that event and the FanDuel $2M WFFC Finals, Tom pulled in $2.254 million. That means $1.127 million is being donated to the Double Up Fund. "It's pretty surreal," Smith said of Crowley winning after pledging 50 percent. "When you're playing super high roller (poker tournaments), sometimes you just go completely numb to the value of a dollar. Like, we're playing a $300K tournament, that’s thousands of lives that are going to be literally saved. It's really hard to comprehend. It's a very cool thing, and I couldn’t be happier that it’s been so successful." One of the biggest elements leading to the success of Smith's drive has been the involvement of the poker and DFS communities, and Smith spoke to how much that’s meant to the drive. "Motivating people to do good I think is an unbelievable achievement," Smith said. "Fedor (Holz) last year, Stephen Chidwick this year made very large donations to the drive. It’s just really wonderful to get support. The charity drive is one of the big parts of my life now, and having people whom I respect - I'm great friends with Stevie - getting supported like that means a lot." The seven-figure charity drive is, as he admits, a big part of Smith's life, and with lots of moving parts, people involved, and tons of donations to be handled, both big and small, Smith said he and the group started putting everything together in October, but overall it might not take as much time as one might believe. "It takes a lot less time than you might think," Smith said. "We started brainstorming some charities in October, discussing numbers. We did a handful of one-hour calls. The most challenging thing, I suppose, was getting people to agree on which charities to include, but it makes sense if you’re divvying up what started as $1.3 million. It should take some time. There were a fair bit of logistics, but fortunately, the people at REG Charity were very helpful. They created the website, they’re entering the emails this year. As far as a multi-million dollar fundraiser would go, it takes a lot less time than you might think." Whereas Tom Crowley won more than $2 million from DFS and will be donating more than $1 million of it to the Double Up Drive, Smith hopes he can also make a large contribution from winning an event. Smith is currently in Las Vegas competing in the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl. With nearly 40 entries in the field, the prize pool is well north of $10 million. First place is more than $3.6 million. Smith is playing in the event with five percent of his winnings pledged, and he’s not the only one. "Myself and Nick Petrangelo are playing five percent for charity," Smith said. "So that's $15,000, plus hopefully some skill edge, and I am hopeful that it spreads awareness and if people see it on the stream or television then they are encouraged to do good. Even though we talk a lot about the big numbers, I want to clarify that any amount makes a difference. People in Uganda are living off 65 cents a day, an amount we don’t even consider at all." If you're interested in donating to the Double Up Drive, or simply would like to learn more, you can do so at DoubleUpDrive.com. The Super High Roller Bowl Smith is competing in is being aired on PokerGO, and you can get $10 off an annual subscription through using the code "Pocket5s" when signing up.
  16. The fifth edition of the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl crowned its champion on Wednesday night, with Isaac Haxton topping the exclusive field of 36 entries to earn the $3.672 million prize. "I just feel f***ing great," Haxton said in the moments following the big win. "I'm just super happy, even a little relieved it's over. Obviously, a day like today is pretty stressful, in the best way." With the victory, Haxton moved to more than $23.65 million in live tournament earnings, which bumps him up ahead of Jake Schindler and into 13th place on poker's all-time money list. "I'm gonna have more than a couple drinks and probably eat at least 1,500 calories of something disgusting," Haxton said about his plans to celebrate, with a smile of course. "That should do it, and then hopefully sleep for about 12 hours. That would be a perfect victory party for me." Super High Roller Bowl V Results 1st: Isaac Haxton - $3,672,000 2nd: Alex Foxen - $2,160,000 3rd: Stephen Chidwick - $1,512,000 4th: Talal Shakerchi - $1,188,000 5th: Adrian Mateos - $972,000 6th: Igor Kurganov - $756,000 7th: Ali Imsirovic - $540,000 For the past three days, the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas played host to the high-stakes affair that attracted the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Fedor Holz, and Justin Bonomo, just to name a few. After Monday’s Day 1, 27 players remained. After Day 2, just seven were left, all in the money and guaranteed a $540,000 payday. Bubbling the money in eighth place was Mikita Badziakouski. Haxton started the final table as the chip leader and Ali Imsirovic was bringing up the rear with the shortest stack left. After starting the final table with 875,000 and blinds of 10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 big blind ante, Imsirovic worked his way to nearly 1.9 million before taking a dive in the other direction that ultimately resulted with his seventh-place elimination. Imsirovic lost a pot to Stephen Chidwick that knocked him all the way back down to 520,000 and then got the last of his stack in with pocket jacks against the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="5c"] of Haxton. Haxton flopped a flush draw and hit it on the turn to knock out the 23-year-old in seventh. Next to go was Igor Kurganov, who was never able to get any real momentum going on the final day. On his final hand, Kurganov, on the button, moved all in for 350,000 over the top of a raise to 65,000 from Chidwick with the blinds at 15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 big blind ante. Talal Shakerchi reraised all in from the small blind and Chidwick folded. Shakerchi had pocket tens to Kurganov’s pocket sevens, and the board ran out [poker card="9d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="Ac"] to send Kurganov home in sixth place. Shakerchi continued to climb after he busted Kurganov and even worked his way into the chip lead, but then he started to slide the other way as Alex Foxen increased. Adrian Mateos was next out the door when he was eliminated in fifth place by Foxen, falling in the 25,000/50,000 level with a big blind ante of 50,000. Mateos raised and then four-bet all in with pocket nines against Foxen, who made the call with the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ks"]. Foxen flopped a king and held from there to send the young Spaniard to collect his $972,000 payout. With Foxen out in front by a large margin and Haxton in second place, the final four players moved into Level 21 with the blinds at 30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 big blind ante. Shortly after the level went up, Shakerchi went out, and he was busted by Haxton. Haxton opened to 140,000 and Shakerchi reraised all in for 1.285 million. Haxton called with two nines and won the flip against Shakerchi's [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Td"]. Shakerchi collected $1.118 million for his finish. Not too long after, Haxton added another chunk of chips when he busted Chidwick in third place. The two got the money in a blind-versus-blind situation, with Chidwick on the ropes holding the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Qh"] to Haxton’s pocket jacks. To make matters worse for Chidwick, Haxton flopped top set to leave him needing runner-runner. It didn't come and Chidwick was out in third for $1.512 million. Although Foxen held the lead going into heads-up play - his 5.84 million to Haxton's 4.965 million - Haxton made short work of the match. Haxton won the first heads-up pot to take a 2-1 chip lead and Foxen could never recover from there. On the final hand, Haxton limped the button holding the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Jh"]. Foxen raised to 225,000 out of the big blind with the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="8d"] and Haxton jammed. Foxen called to put himself at risk for 1.33 million, but he wouldn’t be doubling up. The final board ran [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="6c"][poker card="Kh"][poker card="Js"] to give Haxton two pair and the victory. For Foxen, his second-place finish was worth a whopping $2.16 million and put quite the cap on an incredible year that saw him win more than $6.6 million on the live felt. "For tournament results, there's no competition," Haxton said of where he ranked this Super High Roller Bowl triumph. "This is my biggest score ever and the other ones that come somewhat close are second- and third-place finishes. This is easily the best tournament result I've ever had and it's an event I love. It feels great to win here at ARIA. This is the highlight of my tournament career, no doubt." Widely known as a high-stakes cash game player, Haxton certainly does his fair share of competing in the largest tournaments in the world. As for how he wins this much money, Haxton will take it any way he can get it. "If I can win $3.6 million, I'm not going to be picky about how I win it," Haxton said. "It can be in the lottery, on Wheel of Fortune, I don’t care. Give me the $3.6 million. I’m not going to complain about how I won it."
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. [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.
  20. [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
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. [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.
  24. [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.
  25. [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
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