After a second straight year of overwhelming interest, 61 players entered the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl Lottery. Of those players, 30 locked up a seat in the year’s most exclusive event. Over the last month, Poker Central has introduced those players, but ARIA’s Super High Roller Bowl VIP selections also need to be introduced. Follow along as Poker Central runs down the rest of the field, from legends of the game to High Roller regulars, successful non-professionals, and more.
If you weren’t paying attention, you’d think that most PokerGO final table streams are reruns featuring Jake Schindler. Over the last year, the American High Roller has final tabled 17 ARIA High Roller events, including a runner-up finish in the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl. That kind of consistency helped Schindler churn out over $6 million in earnings and he could be well on his way to matching that number through the first quarter of 2018. Four cashes during the U.S. Poker Open added up to nearly $700,000 and Schindler recently picked up an over $2 million score for a Super High Roller victory at partypoker LIVE Barcelona. That rare international result can only help Schindler’s confidence heading into the Super High Roller Bowl, although he doesn’t need any help on his home turf.
$1,401,694, $969,075, $1,946,911, $960,000, and $1,484,024. Those are Bryn Kenney’s top-five scores since the New Yorker earned $800,000 for his 6th place finish in the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl. For a $300,000 buy-in event’s cash to be overshadowed by five nearly seven-figure scores is mind-blowing, but that is exactly what Kenney’s recent record is. Combined, Kenney has cashed for over $16 million over the last three years and those results have catapulted Kenney into the all-time money list’s top-ten. While there are usually only a handful of opportunities for seven-figure scores throughout the year, Kenney seems to sniff most of them out, meaning another Super High Roller Bowl final table couldn’t be too far off for King Kenney.
Before Rainer Kempe took down the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl for $5 million, the German was a bit of a unknown on the high stakes scene. Since then, Kempe has pushed his career earnings over $15 million and prove that he belongs among the game’s elite. Kempe has picked up two more ARIA High Roller victories and a handful of over $500,000 scores since his 2016 victory, including a podium finish in March’s Super High Roller Bowl China. That recent $2 million score has Kempe in the German all-time money list top-three, behind Christoph Vogelsang, who won the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl, and Fedor Holz, who Kempe beat heads up in 2016.