Poker Central, the dedicated media channel for poker has announced that it is sponsoring the third Super High Roller Bowl in May 2017. It will be hosting the event in partnership with well-known production house POKER PROductions.
The $300,000 buy-in event with a $5 million prize for the winner is one of the top high rollers events for this year’s poker scene. This is its third year that the event will be held and it will once again take place at the ARIA Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
In a statement Sean McCormack, director of poker operations for ARIA said, “Last year’s Super High Roller Bowl sold out in two weeks, well in advance of tournament play. It was an exciting event for the players and fans who stopped by to watch and we anticipate another successful Super High Roller Bowl again this year.”
The 2016 edition was won by Rainer Kempe who defeated 49 opponents including poker star and countryman Fedor Holz to take the top spot. In 2015, it was poker pro Brian Rast who beat out 42 players for the prize.
The first year saw a first prize of $7.52 million being on offer with the buy-in being $500,000. The next year saw the buy-in being reduced by $200,000 to $300,000 which has been retained for this year as well. The player cap which was set at 50 players has also been retained for the 2017 edition as well. The sponsors will be pitching in $300,000 to the prize pool as in last year making it a stunning total prize pool of $15 million.
The event will have 15 seats reserved for non-professional players with one of the seats set aside for a celebrity guest. Starting Feb.2, players can reserve their tournament seat with a non-refundable deposit of $30,000.The event is rake-free and will feature seven 7-handed tables.
Joe Kakaty, president of Poker Central called the tournament the world championship of high stakes poker and said that poker fans will be able to follow the action live from its start. A press release issued by the firm has stated that several top players are expected to join including Antonio Esfandiari, Daniel Negreanu, Brian Rast, Tom Marchese, and Phil Hellmuth
Poker Central is expected to produce the show though it’s not yet clear how the Championship will be broadcast since the channel has shut down its television channel and made a strategic shift towards digital broadcasting.