The 2017 Super High Roller Bowl is still over three months away but the poker world will get their first glimpse at who will be competing in the year’s biggest event over the next few hours. The ARIA will begin accepting deposits for the $300,000 buy-in event at 1 pm PST and registration will remain open until 8 pm PST.
The Super High Roller Bowl is capped at 50 players and 15 of those seats are reserved by the ARIA. That means 35 seats are open, technically, to the general public. A quick look at past fields shows that the Super High Roller Bowl is usually reserved for the world’s best and biggest players and this year should be no different.
It should be noted that early interest for the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl has been enormous. If more than 35 players register today, filling those open seats, a live lottery will be held to determine the field.
Poker Central will be at the ARIA when registration opens at 1 PM, bringing you exclusive access and content from the floor. A running list of Super High Roller Bowl registrants is provided below:
Matt Berkey – Last year’s 5th place finisher was the first player in line to register for the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl. Berkey was more or less a dark horse coming into last year’s event and made headlines early when he controlled the chip lead after Day 2. Berkey is a staple in the high stakes cash game community but will always find his way into the Super High Roller Bowl, saying, “When Poker Central puts on a negative rake event, you just find a way in, because you have to.”
Daniel Negreanu – Fully equipped with a live vlog, Poker Central Ambassador was in the next wave of players registering for the Super High Roller Bowl. While Negreanu has been unable to find his way into the money in the last two Super High Roller Bowls, ‘Kid Poker’ has had success across the globe. With $32,000,000 in career tournament earnings, six WSOP bracelets and two WPT titles, Negreanu will be the most decorated player in this year’s event.
Scott Seiver – The New York native has one of the world’s best high roller resumes. Seiver finished runner-up to Brian Rast in the 2015 Super High Roller Bowl, when the buy-in was $500,000, and podium finishes from $100,000 buy-in WPT Alpha8 events and Aussie Millions Challenges. Seiver also final tabled the $1,000,000 buy-in Big One for One Drop in 2014 and won a $100,000 Super High Roller at the 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.
Sean Winter – The Floridian is a regular on the High Roller scene, with six-figure scores from across the country over the last few years. Winter’s best result came at last year’s PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, when he finished 2nd in the $25,000 High Roller for $915,000. Since then, Winter has amassed over $4,500,000 in career tournament earnings.
Sam Soverel – Another Florida native, Sam Soverel burst onto the high stakes scene last year when he won one of the first $25,000 ARIA High Rollers of 2016. Soverel never took his foot off the gas, final tabling two of the World Poker Tour’s biggest events before he won his first WSOP bracelet, in a $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha event, this summer. Add in a seven-figure score from a $100,000 ARIA Super High Roller in October of last year and Soverel could be one of the country’s hottest players coming into 2017.
Erik Seidel – There may not be a more respected High Roller than Erik Seidel. The New York native notched a podium finish in last year’s Super High Roller Bowl and final tabled the 2015 version, making him the only player to record single-digit finishes in both SHRB installments. Add in the fact that Seidel has High Roller victories from around the globe, and eight WSOP bracelets, and Seidel will not only be looking to make history this summer but also continue to stake his claim as one of the all-time greats.
Justin Bonomo – Aside from Jason Mercier, no one had a better summer than Justin Bonomo. The Las Vegas professional recorded two runner-up finishes, including one in the $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship, and two 3rd place results. Bonomo then ended the year with two more runner-up finishes, in the $200,000 buy-in Asia Championship of Poker Super High Roller and the $100,000 buy-in ARIA Super High Roller.
Dan Smith – Last year, Dan Smith might have bubble the Super High Roller Bowl but he then went on to notch podium finishes in some of the summer’s biggest events. Smith finished 3rd in the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha event and then $111,111 High Roller for One Drop, good for a combined $3,500,000 in earnings. Smith then ended the year raising $1,700,000 for charity, making him one of the biggest winners of 2016, despite the SHRB bubble.
Jason Koon – If we were running a “What Have You Done For Me Lately?” contest, Jason Koon would be the winner. Koon opened the year winning the $100,000 Super High Roller at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas, for a career best $1,600,000 score. That seven-figure score came just five months after Koon took down the $5,000 buy-in SHRPO Championship for $1,000,000, meaning that he, along with the previously mentioned Sam Soverel, is white hot coming into today’s SHRB registration.
Cary Katz – Last year, the most successful player from the ARIA High Roller events was not a veteran professional. It was Cary Katz, who recorded fifteen cashes, four outright wins and just over $3,000,000 in winnings. Katz will hope to continue that ARIA success today, as the first $25,000 High Roller of the year just began, but he’ll also be looking to parlay that success into the Super High Roller Bowl.
David Peters – It’s not over until it’s over and the GPI Player of the Year race wasn’t over until the end of December thanks to David Peters. Germany’s Fedor Holz had a stranglehold on the POY crown over the better part of 2016 but a late run, including some massive scores in High Roller events, saw Peters clip Holz at the death to steal the title. Add in a WSOP bracelet and 2016 was certainly a banner year for David Peters.
It should be noted, after a late start, the first $25,000 ARIA High Roller of the year is officially underway. Poker Central will provide updates when that event reaches a final table but until then, we will continue updating Super High Roller Bowl registration.
Bryn Kenney – No one, even Jason Koon, had a better opening month of 2017 than New York’s Bryn Kenney. He final tabled the $100,000 Super High Roller, then went on to win a $50,000 and $25,000 event to push his Caribbean earnings over $5,000,000. Add in the fact that Kenney is one of the most respected High Rollers on the planet and he’ll be a serious contender to make back-to-back Super High Roller Bowl final tables.
Daniel Colman – Since winning the $1,000,000 buy-in One Drop for One Drop in 2014 for just over $15,000,000, Daniel Colman has continued to prove that he’s one of the best players in the world. Colman has High Roller victories and huge results from around the globe, including a podium finish in this year’s opening $100,000 Super High Roller at the PCB.
Andrew Lichtenberger – The almost unrecognizable Andrew Lictenberger, “Lucky Chewy” surprised everyone in the ARIA High Roller by showing up with a fresh haircut, had a career defining year in 2016. That was thanks to his first WSOP victory, in a $3,000 No Limit Hold’em event. Lichtenberg’s biggest career score came in a $100,000 WPT Alpha8 event though, earning him just over $1,700,000, meaning “Chewy” can compete at any level.
Jake Schindler -The Pennsylvania native was one of the most successful players in last year’s ARIA High Roller events. Jake Schindler won three times and took in just over $2,600,000 in winnings, while ending a banner year with a podium finish in the WPT’s Five Diamond Classic at Bellagio. As one of the youngest and most successful High Rollers on the planet, Schindler will hope his recent success translates to this summer’s SHRB.
Tom Marchese – The second most successful player in last year’s ARIA High Rollers was Poker Central Ambassador Tom Marchese. “Big Cheese” won over $2,700,000 in ARIA events and then closed the year with a seven-figure score from the WPT Bellagio series. Add in a deep run in last year’s WSOP Main Event, Marchese finished 14th, along with a 6th place result in the 2015 Super High Roller Bowl and it’s clear Marchese is one of the game’s best.
Doug Polk – Most poker fans may know him from his growing YouTube popularity but off camera, Doug Polk has an incredible tournament resume. Headlined by a seven-figure High Roller score from the summer of 2014 and a podium finish from the $250,000 Aussie Millions Challenge in 2015, Polk is just as much professional as personality.
Isaac Haxton – While a majority of his tournament victories and massive scores have come overseas, including a $25,000 EPT High Roller win in December of last year, Isaac Haxton also has his fair share of ARIA High Roller success. The Las Vegas professional does most of his ARIA damage during the summer, which might mean good things come May’s Super High Roller Bowl.
Three hours into the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl registration, nearly 20 players have registered in person for the year’s biggest event. The total amount of registrants, including those players that have wired money to the ARIA, is unknown. As more information becomes available, updates will be posted here.
As it stands, over 35 players have registered for the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl. That means that there will need to be a live lottery tomorrow, to determine which players will get those seats. As of now, the ARIA cage is still finalizing payment processing, meaning that a full list of registrants will not be made available until tomorrow. Once those names are reported, Poker Central will bring you all the updates, including coverage of tomorrow’s live lottery.