A limited playing field should mean limited winnings? Not quite. The 2018 Super High Roller Bowl is one of the most lucrative poker events in the poker world with a buy-in of $300,000 . Last year Christoph Vogelsang took home $6 million at the event. This year Justin Bonomo was the man who slayed the donkeys and took home $5 million defeating Dan Negreanu in the process.
The poker tournaments was a who’s who of the poker world. Players and personalities like Bill Perkins, Antonio Esfandiari, Fedor Holz, Brian Rast. In fact, anyone with $300,000 to play a poker should be pretty good. It was a collection of the world’s top poker players.
The structure is somewhat different. The top seven players are the only ones who cash. For every 20 paid entries, there are two satellite seats available. The tournament is a four day event.
For Bonomo, the win was a drop in the bucket for an otherwise stellar year.
The top finishers for the event were:
Justin Bonomo $5,000,000
Daniel Negreanu $3,000,000
Jason Koon $2,100,000
Mikita Badziakouski $1,600,000
Christoph Vogelsang $1,200,000
Nick Petrangelo $900,000

One of the most exclusive, and highest payouts of all highstakes poker tournaments, the Aria Super High Roller Bowl, is slated to begin May 28th. 55 high stakes poker players will be competing in the event that sports a buy-in of $300,000. Yes that’s three-hundred-thousand dollar buy-in per seat. To be considered, potential players have to put down a $30,000 deposit! This will be one of the year’s most lucrative poker tournaments and features the top names in poker.
The 2016 Super High Roller Bowl saw German poker player Raine Kempe pocket $5 million dollars. Fedor Holz, another German took home second place prize of $3.5 million dollars. The 2017 payouts are bigger. The first seven finishers will be in the money. Top prize is $6 million and second prize is $3.6 million. The seventh place finisher will get $600,000. The total payouts are $16,800,000. The Super High Roller Bowl runs from May 28th till June 1st.
The poker pros who are scheduled to be in this event and brief bio include:
Andrew Lichtenberger
From East Northport, Ny, Andrew Lichtenberger, 29, is an American poker player. Aka LuckyChewy, his total live poker earnings are almost $9 million dollars with his best cash at $1.7 million dollars in the 2014 World Poker Classic. His second best cash was last year in the 2016 $3000 No Limit Holdem Event 52 for $569,158. He is sponsored by Ivey Poker.

Andrew Robl
Aka good2cu is an American poker player from Michigan.Andrew Robl, 30, has gone broke several times before hitting it big. Though he focuses on cash games, he won the 2013 Aussie Millions for $1 million dollars. His total live earnings are over $4 million dollars.

Ankush Mandavia
From Georgia, Ankush Mandavia has total live earnings greater than $4 million dollars. His top cash was nearly $800,000 in the No Limit Holdem Eight Max event at the EPT XII Jan 2016.

Antonio Esfandiari
A former magician, Antonio Esfandiari, has made history in the poker world with the largest cash ever, The One Drop for Water Tournament where he took home over $18 million dollars. His total live earnings exceed $27 million dollars. He has been in several movies and involved with tv shows like “Underground Poker”, a three-part mini series on the Discovery Channel.

Benjamin Sulsky
From Brewster, Mass. Benjamin Sulsky has nearly $2 million in live earnings. His greatest cash was over $1 million at the 2015 One Drop Event 58.
Benjamin Tollerene
From Texas, Benjamin Tollerine is an up and coming player. His most recent cash and one of his largest was over $500,000 in the Poker Stars Panama Event 5 in March 2017. His total earnings are near $3 million dollars.

Bill Klein
Bill Klein is a retired businessman turned poker pro. He’s had several cashes at the Aria including the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl for nearly $350,000. His largest cash was nearly $2.5 million dollars at the 2015 One Drop for Water Tournament.
William Perkins
A renaissance man in the making, William Perkins runs the Skylar Hedge Fund Investment group. He’s produced three major motion pictures and plays poker as a past time. His career earnings are nearly $3 million dollars. He is friends with Dan Bilzerian.

Robert Baldwin
One of the older players in the tournament at 65, Robert Baldwin is a casino executive who is CEO of Mirage Resorts and overseas several Mandalay Resort Group resorts. The Bellagio has a high stakes poker room named after him called “Bobby’s Room”. He has four WSOP bracelets under his belt.

Brian Rast
He was valedictorian at his high school but later dropped out of Stanford to become a poker player. He never looked back. He’s earned three WSOP bracelets and has made several videos on playing poker. A major poker player, his total earnings are over $20 million dollars.

Bryn Kenny
Bryn Kenny is no stranger to the Aria. He regularly plays the Monthly High Stakes Tournament there that has a $25,000 buy-in. His total winnings are over $14 million dollars. He was runner up in the Aria High Roller Series in both #54 and #55 and is second on their leaderboard.

Byron Kaverman
Another poker player familiar with the Aria High Roller Events, Byron Kaverman has nearly $10 million in live cashes. He cashed at the Aria Hotel Feb 4 in their Super High Roller for over $100,000. He also had multiple cashes over a million dollars at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas in January 2017.

Cary Katz
The student loan mogul and pro poker player had an opulent Las Vegas mansion on the market some years ago. He also founded Poker Central. He often plays at The Aria Super High Roller Event and cashed most recently March 4 for $92,000. His total earnings are over $10 million dollars.

Christian Christner
A newcomer in the high stakes poker world, his total earnings are slightly over $600,000. He has most recently cashed in PokerStars Championship Panama. He hails from Germany.

Christoph Vogelsang
One of Germany’s top poker players, Vogelsang has the Big One for One Drop under his belt for a whopping cash of $4.5 million in 2014. His total other cashes round out his total cashes of nearly $7.5 million dollars.

Daniel Colman
He really has looked back since the One Drop for Water tournament in 2014 for nearly $14 million dollars, the second largest cash in poker history. He added several other 7 figure cashes to his total that summer as well. And even this year he’s added nearly $2 million dollars to his cashes for a total cash of nearly $28,000,000. At 26 years old, he’s one of the youngest players. He is also second in for the most cashes of an American player.

Dan Perper
With nearly $2 million in cashes, he’s nothing not to look at. The Illinois is an experienced poker player with many cashes under his belt including nearly $900,000 at the 2015 One Drop for Water Event.

Dan Shak
He is hedge fund manager and semi pro poker player who specializes in high stakes buy-in tournaments. He has nearly $9 million in earnings. His most recent cash was $86,400 at the Aria Super High Roller 13.

Dan Smith
One of the top 10 in the money of all time for Americans, Dan Smith is a force to reckon with. His total earnings are over $15 million dollars. This year is no exception with nearly $800,000 in cashes so far in 2017. It could be a very good year for him.

Daniel Negreanu
The Canadian has made a name for himself as the all time top of the in the money list with over $32 million dollars in poker winnings. Lately his streak has been off at the live tournaments. His most recent cash was over $250,000 at the PokerStars High Roller Event in the Bahamas.

David Einhorn
David Einhorn, a semi pro player, he is the founder of Greenlight Capital. He is a billionaire businessman. His most recent cash was $44,728 in 2014 in the No Limit Holdem Event 66. His total poker earnings are over $5 million dollars.

David Peters
Hailing from Ohio, Peters is a force to reckon with. He’s been a success almost from the start at age 21. He’s racked up over $15 million dollars in earnings. His most recent cashes was over $100,000 at the PokerStars Macau Event 28. For 2017, he’s made almost $450,000 in cashes.

Dominik Nitsche
Originally from Germany, Nitsche, who lives in Scotland, has an impressive list of cashes. In 2016, he cashed over $1 million dollars for the year. His most recent cash was $2000 in the Asian Championship of Poker.

Doug Polk
The California native has made his mark in the poker world. He specializes in heads up play. He ran a $20 deposit at PokerStars into $10,000 but still didn’t find lasting success till he decided to focus solely on poker. His most recent cash was $86,000 in the Aria High Roller 49.