Christmas is coming early this year for fans of the ultra high-stakes $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl at the Aria Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Super High Roller Bowl V will take place from Dec. 17-19, 2018, which represents a dramatic shift from its traditional dates in late May.
Just six months ago poker pro Justin Bonomo outlasted 48 elite entries to take down a staggering $5 million in Super High Roller Bowl IV.
The Super High Roller Bowl, which began life as a $500,000 buy-in tournament, has always taken place in late May or early June, just before the World Series of Poker.
Short Turnaround for High-Stakes Pros
The sudden shift to December doesn’t give high-stakes poker pros a ton of time to put together the $300,000 required to play the gigantic No-Limit Hold’em tournament.
Pros will have a little more than a month and a half to put together the $300,000 buy-in or find backers who will take a percentage of their action.
Sam Simmons, the vice-president of poker content for Poker Central, which produces the event, seemed to indicate the new dates were important for helping the event succeed in the future.
“In its first five years of existence, Super High Roller Bowl has grown into one of the most exclusive and highly coveted poker championships in the world as the Sportsbook of the High Roller Triple Crown,” he said.
“We’re proud to celebrate that milestone in December, as we implement changes that will continue the success of the event for many years to come.”
The High Roller Triple Crown is a series of high-stakes tournaments that includes the U.S. Poker Open in February and the Poker Masters in the fall. All of the events are broadcast on Poker Central’s poker streaming product PokerGO.
Outside of PokerStars’ EPT Prague, December is a relatively quiet month for poker tournaments so the permanent switch in dates may bring a little more attention to the Super High Roller Bowl.
Here are some bullet points for the upcoming Super High Roller Bowl:
Over $67 Million Awarded in Super High Roller Bowl
In its relatively short existence the Super High Roller Bowl has become one of the premier tournaments for high-stakes players.
The vaunted tournament started life as a $500,000 buy-in tournament in 2015, which made it the second-biggest live tournament ever held.
The following year, organizers rolled the buy-in down to $300,000, which helped attract more entrants. The Super High Roller Bowl differentiates itself from other high-stakes tournaments by offering non-stop live streaming for viewers.
Some of the Sportsbooks over the years include noted poker pros Brian Rast, Rainer Kempe, Christoph Vogelsang and Justin Bonomo.
The Super High Roller Bowl attracts more than just poker pros, however, and a number of deep-pocketed individuals from the business world such as Cary Katz, John Morgan, Bill Perkins and Kathy Lehne have all taken a shot at the tournament.
Here’s a look at the Sportsbooks and their prizes from every year of the Super High Roller Bowl: