Preview on the $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl
It’s time once again for one of the most prestigious live tournaments of the year. The Super High Roller Bowl, presented by Poker Central, is back for 2018, once again taking place at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on May 27.
A field of 48 players packed with some of the most elite, well known high stakes players - as well as a few Aria VIPs - will pony up the $300,000 buy-in for a shot at a multi-million dollar payday and the title of SHRB Champion.
There are plenty of reasons that the SHRB is one of the highlights of the yearly poker schedule, both for those who play in it and the fans who watch. For the players, there is just so much at stake. Of course, the notoriety that comes along with winning such a big buy-in tournament is all well and good but even more importantly, it's all about the massive top prize. Even if these players only have a small percentage of themselves, a first-place payday of $5,000,000 can be life changing money.
The fans also have a lot to look forward to. Start to finish coverage of the Super High Roller Bowl will be available on the PokerGo streaming service. Fans of the game will have the opportunity to watch some of the brightest minds in the game battle it out with hole cards exposed and expert commentary provided by Nick Schulman and Ali Nejad. It’s the perfect chance to sweat their favorite players in one of the biggest spots of the year.
With all but a few of the seats already assigned to players, it is time once again to speculate on who will join previous champions Brian Rast, Rainer Kempe, Christoph Vogelsang and Super High Roller Bowl China winner Justin Bonomo as the next notable name to step into the SHRB spotlight.
Resume Topper: Adrian Mateos [1.28]
For Adrian Mateos, a huge score in the Super High Roller Bowl seems to be the next logical step in a career fit for a phenom. At age 23, Mateos has overtaken the living legend Carlos Mortensen as the top-ranked money earner in his native Spain. Universally acclaimed for his prowess in the toughest of fields, Mateos has earned just shy of $1.9 million in 2018 alone. Even though Mateos has an European Poker Tour title, the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event title and two additional WSOP bracelets - should Mateos find his way to winning the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl, the victory may end up being the most prestigious of them all.
Right At Home: Jake Schindler [1.23]
If anyone has a home field advantage at the Aria, it is high-stakes crusher Jake Schindler. Schindler’s Hendon Mob resume is littered with six-figure scores from the Aria High Roller and Super High Roller series. Since 2016 Schindler has earned over $4.4 million in Aria High Roller, Super High Roller and 10K tournaments at the Aria alone. That doesn’t include his $3.6 million runner-up finish in the Super High Roller Bowl in 2017, his over $400,000 in the Poker Masters series or the $693,400 he made during the U.S. Poker Open. It’s safe to say that there’s likely no player on the planet more comfortable and successful inside the Aria. And with the new Poker Central studios opening for this event at the Aria, it’s a good bet that Jake Schindler will quickly find himself at home there as well.
Experience Matters: Erik Seidel [1.17]
When looking at the prices for the talent that will be playing the SHRB, you’ll see many of the “old school” pros as “value picks”. Negreanu, Esfandiari and Hellmuth all sit in the bottom half of the mark-up list. While they all have the ability to make a run in this talent rich field, perhaps it will be Erik Seidel that, once again, ends up representing the “TV Pros.” Seidel currently sits as the #2-ranked All Time Money List leader and has had a fast start to 2018, traveling the world, putting in time on the high stakes circuit. Seidel has made his way to five High Roller or Super High Roller final tables and brought in over $1.2 million early in the year. Since the inception of the Super High Roller Bowl, Seidel has made the money in two out of three. This could be the year he not only makes the final table, but finishes it off.
Pure Value: Keith Tilston [0.99]
They say “Don’t Mess With Texas”. At the poker table, it’s probably best not to mess with Austin resident Keith Tilston. Though he’s been playing meaningful poker for well over a decade, when Tilston, an equities trader, showed up to the Aria to participate in the 2018 US Poker Open, he was a relatively unknown variable. If it were not for Stephen Chidwick’s amazing heater and performance, Tilston would have had the results to have been crowned the U.S. Poker Open Champion. Tilston cashed in four out of the eight U.S. Poker Open events, including a victory in the $50,000 Main Event for a career high cash of $660,000. In total, Tilston made over $1 million that week and has shown that he has the skills and temperament to compete at the highest level.
Fans can easily purchase a piece of their favorite players in the SHRB field and then watch all of the action as the events will be streaming beginning on May 27 at 6:00 pm EDT on PokerGO.
Shares for the pair of seats that will be given away via satellite just prior to the event will be made available before the start of Day 1.