Super High Roller Bowl Gets 15 More Players Via Aria Invites2 years ago
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?
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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