Poker Central Takes Super High Roller Bowl Online
As April comes to a close, most of the world is just now examining how to emerge from hibernation required by the fight against COVID-19. In the poker world, all poker events had stopped by mid-March and remain in a perpetual holding pattern due to the fact that the coronavirus pandemic remains a problem.
With no end in sight for a return to live poker tournaments, Poker Central took measures into their own hands to put the Super High Roller Bowl Online.
The first foray of Poker Central into online poker territory was earlier this month, when it partnered with PartyPoker to take the Poker Masters series online. They expanded it to 30 events and ended up awarding $35.4 million in prize money. It was most certainly a success.
Poker Central decided to do the same thing with its signature tournament, the Super High Roller Bowl. The event will change from its normal format – one massively rich tournament – to a series of 28 high-buy-in events online. And it will kick off on May 23.
It Becomes a Series
The Super High Roller Bowl (SHRB) is typically a single tournament with a $250K buy-in. That is what made it an elite event, one that is different from the rest and a unique opportunity for players to compete at the highest of high roller levels.
The last SHRB was a part of a PartyPoker LIVE series in Sochi, Russia. The March tournament finished just under the wire of casinos around the world closing due to coronavirus concerns. There were 40 entries and a prize pool of $10 million, from which Timothy Adams emerged victorious for his second SHRB victory in a row and $3.6 million.
Now, Poker Central is taking the SHRB online – with PartyPoker, of course – but turning it into a series. In fact, it seems the schedule will be strikingly similar to the recently-concluded Poker Masters Online.
Poker Central Chief Business Officer J.R. McCabe said it was important to continue the momentum from the Poker Masters Online. “Our partnership with PartyPoker will allow us to continue to deliver what our fans love – live poker from the best players in the world.”
Announcement:Super High Roller Bowl @PokerGO was scheduled to run @WSOP but due to corona will now be hosted @partypoker May 23rd-1st June, $100K Buy-In (reduced from $300K Live) + $10K/$25 $20M + Series 👍 KTF Rob pic.twitter.com/kzdBdQmJMU
— Rob Yong (@rob_yong_) April 27, 2020
SHRB Online Series Details
The Super High Roller Bowl Online will offer 28 tournaments, the last of which will be the $100K buy-in finale. Each event in the series will play out over the course of two days.
The series will begin on May 23 and run through June 1, with buy-ins ranging from $10K to $100K. The kickoff event will be a two-day No Limit Hold’em 8-Max tournament requiring a $25K buy-in and guaranteeing $1 million for the prize pool. And the final SHRB event will be a freezeout – unlike the other events – and guarantee $3 million for the prize pool.
There will be an SHRB points leaderboard, and the winner will receive a free entry into the $100K buy-in finale.
Of all of the tournaments, ten of them will stream live on PokerGO. Players in the events will receive free annual subscriptions to PokerGO, while other viewers will need to purchase them. The cost is $10 per month or $99 per year (reducing the monthly cost to $8.25).
The list of 28 events is not yet available.