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Who Will Make Your Super High Roller Bowl Poker Team?

Who Will Make Your Super High Roller Bowl Poker Team?
Thursday,May 24,2018

A huge Summer of poker is coming and whether you’re a fish or a shark, you can get involved by playing the best Fantasy Poker games right here on i-pools.


First up is the Super High Roller Bowl, starting on Sunday night at the sumptuous Aria Casino in Las Vegas.


48 players will stump up the $300,000 buy-in to create a prizepool of almost $15million, and a first prize of at least $5million.


The field is capped at 48, and getting an invite to play in the Super High Roller Bowl is the hottest ticket in town.


With interest in playing - and to register an interest players were requested to pay a non-refundable $30k deposit - well outweighing the number of seats available, the first 30 seats were decided in a lottery.


Those ‘winning’ the chance to take part via the 61-player draw included poker’s all-time record winner, Daniel Negreanu, who has won over $36.5million in his career, previous winners Christoph Vogelsang and Brian Rast and the most decorated World Series of Poker player in history, 14-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth.


Presumably to keep their best punters happy - and to add in some more big names that may have missed out on the lotto - the Aria management picked the next 15 players, while keeping one more seat in reserve to offer in a live satellite held on Saturday night.


Those invited by the Aria include another former winner, Rainer Kempe, and 2012 WSOP One Drop winner Antonio Esfandiari, billionaire businessman and part-time poker player Bill Perkins, old school legend Tony G and new schoolers Doug Polk, Dan Smith and Bryn Kenney.


Last year Vogelsang beat Jake Schindler heads-up to take the $6million first prize, following in the footsteps on his fellow German Kempe, who beat yet another German Fedor Holz, to win the $5million first prize in 2016.


Schindler and Holz both made the invite list this year, and both will be hoping to go one better.


All the action is live online on Poker Go, and to make watching the best poker players in the world battle it out even more fun, why not enter a team or two in the i-pools Fantasy Super High Roller Bowl.


The 48 entrants have been broken down into four groups - Legends, American Hi Rollers, Europeans and Wildcards - and all you need to do is pick one each from those groups to score your team the most points, with 10 points for making the last two tables, 50 for making the final, 75 for coming 4th or 5th, 100 for 3rd, 150 for 2nd and 200 points for the champion.


Here’s a breakdown of each group.



Daniel Negreanu and Erik Seidel are the two biggest winners in terms of money in poker history, while Phil Hellmuth is the biggest winner of World Series of Poker bracelets. These three have been around the game a long time and make up the old guard in this group. The newer guard include Doug Polk, Justin Bonomo and Stevie Chidwick, younger players who learnt the game online before transferring their skills to the live felt.


Bridging the gap are Antonio Esfandiari and Brian Rast, both with career earnings of over $20million and equally at home with the new or old guard. Any of these seven would be a great pick in this section, but looking at the previous champs and final tables, I’d be more tempted to go with a new school player, and given the success Chidwick had in the recent US Poker Open held at the Aria, and a bit of national bias given he’s the only Brit, I’m gambling on the man from Kent to mix it with the big boys.


Safe PIck: Daniel Negreanu

Punter’s Pick: Stephen Chidwick


American Hi Rollers

With such a stellar field, it’s more difficult to make a case for not picking most of these guys than picking them, and this is a particularly star-studded group. But we need to rule some out, so I’d start by putting a line through anyone who hasn’t won at least $10million in tournament poker.


In this group, that’s just two, Bandon Adams ($3.1million) and Ben Tollerene ($5.7million). After that, it’s a matter of who has been performing best and is in form going into the Super High Roller Bowl. Jake Schindler came up just short last year to finish second, and has won five high roller tournaments (four $25k buy-ins and one $10k) in 2018 at the Aria. He also took down the Millions Barcelona €100k buy-in high roller for €1.75million last month.


Bryn Kenney is another name to stand out even in this star studded field. He cashed in three high rollers earlier this month at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carloe, including winning a €10k buy-in for €153k. He is the players’ player, receiving the utmost respect from his peers who all seem to agree he’s one of the toughest around. Having cashed for $23.5million, 8th all-time, he’s got all the experience and the game to take this down.


One other worth mentioning is Jason Koon, who has worked his way up from online grinder to playing the biggest games in the world, never looking out of place. Like a lot of this field, he’s been in Montenegro recently playing the Triton High Roller Series, where he bumped up his career earnings to over $16.5million by taking down the HK$1million (about $127k) buy-in Short Deck High Roller for almost $3.6million.


Safe Pick: Bryn Kenney

Punter’s Pick: Jake Schindler



Europeans, or more specifically Germans, have enjoyed great success at the Super High Roller Bowl, and you wouldn’t back against that continuing. Christoph Vogelsang won this event last year for $6million, while Rainer Kempe won in 2016 for a $5million pay day.


Both of those previous winners are available to pick here, and I wouldn’t put you off either. But in doing so you’d have to not pick Fedor Holz, 6th on the all-time list with earnings of over $26million despite his tender years, and late replacement Steffen Sontheimer. Adrian Mateos, regarded by many as the best NLHE tournament player in the world, already has three bracelets at the age of 23 is another option, but one not so heralded name is Belorussian Mikita Badziakouski. Less well known than many in this group, he is another to taste success in the recent Montenegrin series, winning the main event for $2.5million.


Safe Pick: Fedor Holz

Punter’s Pick: Mikita Badziakouski



This is the most fun section, with a lot of players you won’t have heard of, and a great mixture of pros and part-timers. One name that does jump out is Keith Tilston, who won a $25k high roller at the Bellagio in December for $424k, cashed four times in the US Poker Open at the Aria in February, including winning the $50k Main Event for $660k, and kept up his form with a fourth place finish at the €50k super high roller at the Millions Grand Final for €285k.


Dennis Blieden is another ‘unknown’ enjoying a purple patch, having won the LA Poker Classic in February for $1million, just his third ever cash. Kahle Burns is not that well known over here, but is a big name in the southern hemisphere, the Aussie spending a lot of time in Macau and winning much of his $3.2million career earnings there.


Billionaire businessman Cary Katz has won more playing poker than most pros, and he will be looking to add to his $14million winnings here.


Safe Pick: Keith Tilston

Punters Pick: Kahle Burns


Remember the Super High Roller Bowl is the first of a huge summer of poker events, and we’ll be looking forward to the World Series of Poker, and our WSOP pools which are already live in the lobby, next week.





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