The Highs and Lows of the Super High Roller Bowl


Last January, ARIA, Poker Central and POKER PROductions announced that the Super High Roller Bowl would return to the ARIA Resort & Casino May 28-31. The initial plan for this year’s event was to have a tournament with 50 players again, same as last year.

There were 35 seats available in a random drawing, along with 15 reserved seats to be divided by ARIA, including one for a celebrity player, as per an announcement. A total of 54 players deposited $30,000 to sign up for the raffle; 19 players were left with hanging shoulders.

This week, Poker Central announced they were upping the amount of players to 56 total, two more than the number of original deposits. That means ARIA has 21 seats still open.

In light of all the excitement, PokerNews decided to journey back through time and see who’s cashed the most from this exciting Super High Roller Bowl.

Super High Roller Bowl Stats

Brian Rast leads the ranking of Super High Roller Bowl players. He won the event back in 2015 when the buy-in was $500,000. He played and did not cash in 2016, but still tops the chart with $6,725,000 in profit for the two tournaments.

The sole player to cash in both previous events is Erik Seidel. His min-cash in 2015 (seventh place, $860,000) and deep run last year (third place, $2,400,000) make for a profit of $2,460,000 for the eight-time bracelet winner.


There’s a total of 13 players in the black for the two tournaments. Not a single player who cashed in one of the Super High Roller Bowl events is down overall.

Seven players have signed up for the event this year without having played any of the previous two editions. Besides a group of German players who’ve become high roller regulars over the last year, John Juanda, Ankush Mandavia and Sean Winter are in the mix come May.

Nineteen players have played both previous editions and are already guaranteed a seat in this year’s event. Nine of them have never cashed before; 10 are in the black.

The 71 players who have played one or more events, or are to partake this year, have combined live tournament earnings of $635,838,999. That excludes Dong Kim, whose live results are hard to track since his HendonMob profile features several cashes from other players named Dong Kim or a variation of that. The total divided by 70 players makes for an average of $9,083,414 in tournament earnings per player.


The top 11 of the All Time Money List have played the Super High Roller Bowl. The No. 12, Jonathan Duhamel with $17,636,422 in cashes, has never played this event and is the first player to have not done so.

The current top five players of the Global Poker Index have all played this event. The No. 5, Justin Bonomo, is the only player not in yet this year; the other four have already locked up their seat in the raffle last week.

The current No. 6, Adrian Mateos, has never played this event and deposited, but was one of the players not awarded a seat.

Of the 71 players who’ve entered this event over the years, just Bobby Baldwin and Haralabos Voulgaris have no GPI ranking. Their last cashes are from longer ago than the three year maximum the Global Poker Index uses. Kim doesn’t have a ranking since, as mentioned before, his results are mixed with other players. The average GPI ranking for the players with a profile is 13,639th.