Super High Roller Bowl – the development of the series and tournament from 2015 to 2021

Super High Roller Bowl – the development of the series and tournament from 2015 to 2021

From September 27-29, the Super High Roller Bowl VI in Las Vegas will be streaming on PokerGO. On the eve of the start of one of the most expensive high roller tournaments in the world, we recall how it all began, and how the Super High Roller Bowl developed during its existence.

Старт Super High Roller Bowl: 2015 — 2018

An event called Super High Roller Bowl I was created by poker player and owner of Poker Central – which includes PokerGO, Poker Masters, US Poker Open – Carey Katz in 2015 and had a buy-in of $ 500K. With 43 entries, he collected $ 21.5M in prize money: most of the participants were from the United States, but one Russian was able to break through to the final table – Timofey “Trueteller” Kuznetsov… Although he did not succeed in winning the tournament, it was there that he issued his bestcash offline, receiving $ 2,150,000 for the 5th place. For SHRB winner American Brian Rast, the $ 7,525,000 prize money also became and still remains a bestkash in his offline career. In addition, he received the trophy that has become traditional for the champion of this tournament – a ring inlaid with precious stones.

Brian Rust wins Super High Roller Bowl I, 2015.

In 2016, the buy-in of the tournament was decided to be reduced to $ 300K – this made it more affordable, so Super High Roller Bowl II has already collected 49 entries and $ 15M of prize pool. Again, the Americans prevailed among the participants, but to the surprise of many, the only Germans at the final became the winner and runner-up of the tournament – Rainer Kempe, who received $ 5M with the ring, and his friend Fyodor Holtzto which the second place earned $ 3.5M.

Rainer Kempe (center) and Fyodor Holz (right with a bow tie around their necks) after Kempe's victory in the Super High Roller Bowl II, 2016.

Interesting fact: in the summer of 2021, Rainer said that he participated in SHRB at the insistence of Fyodor Holtz – he thought it would be “fun” for them to be in the heads-up of such a tournament. When this happened, both players were amazed and happy – according to Kempe, their heads-up was one of the most enjoyable of his career.

Interview with Rainer Kempe about career, friendship with Holz and plans for the future

Since the second SHRB, all subsequent numbered tournaments have had a buy-in of $ 300K. In 2017 Super High Roller Bowl III collected 56 entries – the most in tournament history – and a prize pool of $ 16.8M. The winner and owner of $ 6M was again a German – famous regular Christoph Vogelsang.

Christoph Vogelsang after winning Super High Roller Bowl III.

In 2018, SHRB with numbers has already passed twice. At first Super High Roller Bowl IV collected 48 entries and $ 14.4M in prize money – the winner was American Justin Bonomo, he received $ 5M.

Justin Bonomo after winning Super High Roller Bowl IV, 2018.

Then in Super High Roller Bowl V, who collected 36 entries and $ 10.8M in prize money – the champion title and $ 3,672,000 went to his compatriot Isaac Haxton.

Isaac Haxton after winning the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl V.

A summary of the results of the numbered Super High Roller Bowl tournaments is presented in the table.

Year Tournament Inputs Prize fund Winner Country Prize
2015 $500K Super High Roller Bowl I 43 $ 21.5M Brian Rast USA $7,525,000
2016 $300K Super High Roller Bowl II 49 $ 15M Rainer Kempe Germany $5,000,000
2017 $300K Super High Roller Bowl III 56 $ 16.8M Christoph Vogelsang Germany $6,000,000
2018 $300K Super High Roller Bowl IV 48 $ 14.4M Justin Bonomo USA $5,000,000
2018 $300K Super High Roller Bowl V 36 $ 10.8M Isaac Haxton USA $3,672,000

Super High Roller Bowl Expansion: From Rooms to Locations

The popularity of the series led to its expansion and already in 2018 the tournament was first held in Macau.

Super High Roller Bowl China with a buy-in of $ 267,637 collected 75 entries and $ 18,542,370 in prize money. This time there were only three Americans at the final, the rest were representatives of Great Britain, Germany and Finland. First place and $ 4,821,516 went to Justin Bonomo – just two weeks after that, he also won Super High Roller Bowl IV… In the Chinese tournament, there was no ring – instead, Justin was handed a luxurious handmade plate signed in English and Chinese.

Justin Bonomo after winning the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl China.

In 2019, location-based tournaments have already been held twice – in the UK and in the Bahamas.

Super High Roller Bowl London with a buy-in of $ 312,650, he collected 12 entries and $ 3,729,024 in prize money. Prizes were received only by two – to the winner of the tournament, an American Carey Katzu got $ 2,610,317, and the runner-up to the Bosnian But Imsirovich (Ali Imsirovic) – $ 1,118,707.

Carey Katz after winning the Super High Roller Bowl London, 2019.

Two months after Katz, a Canadian with Russian roots received the winner’s ring and $ 4,080,000 Daniel “OXOTA” Dvoress… He won Super High Roller Bowl Bahamas, which, with a buy-in of $ 250K, collected 51 entries and $ 12,750,000 in prize money.

Daniel Dvoress with the 2019 Super High Roller Bowl Bahamas champion ring.

Interview with Daniel Dvoess about career, motivation and migration

In 2020, the Super High Roller Bowl took place unexpectedly three times – two offline and one online due to the pandemic.

Both live tournaments were won by one man – Canadian Timothy Adams. The first he conquered Super High Roller Bowl Australia with a buy-in of $ 167,230 – the winter version of the tournament collected 16 entries and $ 2,677,986 in prize money, so Timothy took only $ 1,446,112. Then the Canadian pro visited Super High Roller Bowl Russia with a buy-in of $ 250K, which accumulated 40 entries and a $ 10M prize pool, so Timothy got a more solid prize – $ 3,600,000.

Timothy Adams after winning the Super High Roller Bowl Russia, 2020.

SHRB Live took place in Summer 2020 at partypoker. Her buy-in was the lowest in the history of the tournament – $ 102K, but at the same time there were only 50 entries, and the prize pool was $ 5M. Became a triumphant again Justin Bonomo – victory in Super High Roller Bowl Online brought him $ 1,775,000.

The last outside North America was Super High Roller Bowl Europe, which took place in Cyprus in August-September 2021. Instead of one tournament, nine players were waiting, but only the winner of the $ 250K Main Event received the champion title and ring.

High Roller Success in Super High Roller Bowl Europe 2021

The main event gathered 41 entries and $ 10,250,000 in prize money, with representatives from the United States, Canada, Malaysia, Russia and Poland at the final table. The winner was Viktor Malinowski, who was flying the Polish flag – he received $ 3,690,000.

Victor Malinovsky with the ring of the Super High Roller Bowl Europe champion, 2021.

Brief information about the results of the Super High Roller Bowl tournaments in different countries.

Year Tournament Inputs Prize fund Winner Country Prize
2018 $267K China 75 $18,542,370 Justin Bonomo USA $4,821,516
2019 $312K London 12 $3,729,024 Cary Katz USA $2,610,317
2019 $ 250K Bahamas 51 $12,750,000 Daniel Dvoress Canada $4,080,000
2020 $ 167K Australia 16 $2,677,986 Timothy Adams Canada $1,446,112
2020 $250K Russia 40 $10,000,000 Timothy Adams Canada $3,600,000
2020 $102K Online 50 $5,000,000 Justin Bonomo USA $1,775,000
2021 $250K Main Event Europe 41 $10,250,000 Viktor Malinowski Poland $3,690,000

Super High Roller Bowl VI: what awaits high rollers in September 2021

On September 24th – three weeks after the completion of the SHRB in Cyprus – Poker Central unexpectedly announced the return of its standalone $ 300K Super High Roller Bowl No. VI tournament.

The tournament will take place in three gaming days – players will start with a stack of 300K chips, the blinds will increase every 90 minutes, with a 10 minute break after each level.

Each gaming day will be streamed on PokerGO according to the following schedule:

  • Day 1 – on the night of September 27-28, the broadcast starts on September 28 at 01:00 Moscow time;
  • Day 2 – on the night of September 28-29, the broadcast starts on September 28 at 23:00 Moscow time;
  • Day 3 – on the night of September 29-30, the broadcast starts on September 29 at 23:00 Moscow time.

Anyone can get access to the ethers – a subscription to PokerGO costs $ 14.99 per month, $ 29.99 for 3 months and $ 99.99 for a year.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *