Super High Roller Bowl Gets 15 More Players Via Aria Invites

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Super High Roller Bowl Gets 15 More Players Via Aria Invites
06:57
22 Apr

When it comes to poker tournaments, the general feeling among players is the more the merrier.

The more players who buy-in, the more money in the prize pool, which tends to attract even more players. So it's a little bit puzzling to simple minds like mine as to why the Super High Roller Bowl would place a cap on the seats available when more players obviously would like to participate.

Perhaps the marketing ploy of increasing demand and creating exclusivity is the reason behind it. But isn't a $300,000 buy-in exclusive enough?


Who's In?

The 2018 SHRB set a cap of 48 players and received notice from 61 who wanted to play. A lottery was held to select 30, leaving 18 seats open for the host venue, Aria, to extend invitations to players for the remaining seats.

The 30 lottery winners were named a couple of weeks ago. Here they are in case you missed it: 

Andrew Robl
Adrian Mateos
Daniel Negreanu
Igor Kurganov
Sergio Aido
Markus Dürnegger
Koray Aldemir
Stephen Chidwick
Keith Tilston
Ben Tollerene
Andreas Eiler
Andrew Lichtenberger
Talal Shakerchi
David Peters
Brian Rast
Christoph Vogelsang
Christian Christner
Kathy Lehne
Erik Seidel
John Andress
Cary Katz
Isaac Haxton
Nick Petrangelo
Byron Kaverman
Nikita Bodyakovskiy
Justin Bonomo
Phil Hellmuth
Arne Ruge
Kahle Burns
Dan Shak

The Aria invited 15 players to join those 30, leaving three spots yet to be claimed. The final three players will have to win their seats to the SHRB via satellite tournaments.

Here are the players selected by Aria:

Brandon Adams
Fedor Holz
Bill Perkins
Jake Schindler
Seth Davies
Tony Guoga
Tom Marchese
Rainer Kempe
Antonio Esfandiari
Matt Hyman
Dan Smith
Dennis Blieden
Doug Polk
Bryn Kenney
Jason Koon

The SHRB is set for May 27-30, leading right into the 49th annual World Series of Poker. The WSOP follows a come one, come all format without placing any caps on how many players can enter. Isn't that how poker tournaments should be?


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Charles is a Chicago native and long time poker player who dusted off his journalism degree and began writing about poker following the events of Black Friday in 2011. He has written for a number of leading poker websites, offering his insights and expertise on subjects ranging from online poker leg...Read more

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