Most Players Confirmed for Super High Roller Bowl V

Most Players Confirmed for Super High Roller Bowl V

In December, poker players look forward to a number of tournaments to round out the year. One of the most highly anticipated, though, is the Super High Roller Bowl. Not only is this always a popular event among the high-stakes players and poker fans around the world, this will be the second iteration of the SHRB in the same year.

The first Super High Roller Bowl of 2018 was held at the end of May, but December seemed like the perfect opportunity to host another one at the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. And it just so happens to be scheduled to begin a couple of days after the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic at the Bellagio, just down the street.

What an amazing coincidence, no?

Millions in Play

When the World Poker Tour wraps its event at the Bellagio on December 15, players can skip on down the Las Vegas Strip to the ARIA for the Super High Roller Bowl V, which is set for December 17-19. Technically, the action will take place at the PokerGO Studio at the ARIA, where it will be live-streamed for PokerGO subscribers and filmed for an NBC Sports Network broadcast.

The buy-in period was opened in October for those with the ability to hand over the $300,000 to the ARIA, though only a $30,000 deposit was required before November 26. The entire field will be capped, either at 48 or 49 players. Poker Central information has mentioned both numbers, but the tournament structure sheet notes 49, in which case the payouts will be as follows:

1st place:  $5 million

2nd place:  $3 million

3rd place:  $2.1 million

4th place:  $1.6 million

5th place:  $1.3 million

6th place:  $1 million

7th place:  $700,000

That was close to how the SHRB IV played out in May. The 48 players created a $14.4 million prize pool, poker pro Justin Bonomo took the title and $5 million for the win.

Majority of Players Announced

A handful of players were guaranteed seats into the SHRB V, as long as they could afford the buy-in. That group included reigning champion Bonomo, as well as reigning Poker Masters champion Ali Imsirovic and recent US Poker Open winner Stephen Chidwick. Well-known poker pros Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth were also promised the ability to participate.

Other previous SHRB champions will be in the mix for the fifth edition as well: Brian Rast, Rainer Kempe, and Christoph Vogelsang.

Many of those who have made previous SHRB final tables in the past four events will also be in the December field, including David Peters, Fedor Holz, Bryn Kenney, Jake Schindler, Jason Koon, Mikita Badziakouski, and Nick Petrangelo.

The rest of the initial list of confirmed players includes many well-known players as well: Adrian Mateos, Ben Tollerene, Ben Yu, Cary Katz, Chris Kruk, Dan Smith, Dan Cates, Dominik Nitsche, Igor Kurganov, Isaac Haxton, Koray Aldemir, Matthias Eibinger, Sam Soverel, Sean Winter, Seth Davies, Steffen Sontheimer, Talal Shakerchi, William Foxen, and William Klein.

That makes 34 players confirmed for the tournament thus far, with no female players on the list.

There are still seats reserved by ARIA, though it is not known when the players designated for those spots will be announced.

More Details

Players will begin the action with 300,000 in tournament chips, separated into three bullets of 100,000 chips each. But all of the bullets must be redeemed by the end of Day 1, putting all chips into play.

Levels will be 60 minutes long with 15-minute breaks after every second level. The first level will begin with 500/1,000 blinds and an ante of 1,000. Play will then proceed as follows:

December 17:  Nine levels

December 18:  Nine levels or to the final table of seven

December 19:  For the win

There will be a shot clock, giving players 30 seconds to act, though each player will receive five 60-second time banks each day.

The action will be streamed live on PokerGO, with a final table designated until when necessary. There will be a 30-minute delay for broadcasting to ensure the integrity of the game.

About Jennifer Newell

Jennifer began writing about poker while working at the World Poker Tour in the mid-2000s. Since then, her freelance writing career has taken her from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back to her hometown of St. Louis, where she now lives with her two dogs. She continues to follow the poker world as she also launches a new subscription box company and finishes her first novel. Jennifer has written for numerous publications including and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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