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

From a field of 49 players, the Super High Roller Bowl of 2016 has been won by Rainer Kempe who pockets $5,000,000 in the process. He also gets the ring and various sponsor prizes. He started the day with huge chip lead over all the other players and continued his rise and clobbered the table. He also played against some of top poker pros in this tournament including Erik Siedel and Phil Helmuth both Poker Hall of Fame members.
Rainer Kempe and Fedor Holz, both Germans battled it out in head to head tournament. The final two had highs and lows but Kempe managed to hold on to high magnificent lead and at the final hand had a two to one lead. Holz had a pair of twos and went all-in against an a pair of eights held by Kempe. The rest is history or the finish of 2016 Super High Roller Bowl Poker Tournament. Don’t feel bad for Holz, his second place finish equals a payday of $3,500,000! The final results of the Super High Roller Bowl 2016 are:

Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Rainer Kempe $5,000,000
2 Fedor Holz $3,500,000
3 Erik Seidel $2,400,000
4 Phil Hellmuth $1,600,000
5 Matt Berkey $1,100,000
6 Bryn Kenney $800,000
7 Dan Shak $600,000

Out of 49 players who started the Super High Roller Bowl of 2016, there are 16 left to battle it out for the $15,000,000 in prize money. The will be just two tables for day 3 of this awesome event. The minimum cash is $600,000 which is a great payoff against a buy-in of $300,000.
With nearly 3 million chips, Matt Berkey is the major leader. Berkey has almost $2,000,000 in career earnings and may pull it off. Erik Siedel, Dan Shak, and Jason Mercier are other notable survivors.
Some of poker’s top players in the event also crashed including Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Brian Rast, last year’s winner, and Dan Colman.

The 16 players who make it to day 3 will return at 1 PM local time. Twitch tv will broadcast the event from 2 to 5 pm and CBS Sports Network will air the show from 5pm to 12am.
The 16 players for day 3 are:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Matt Berkey 2,816,000
2 Erik Seidel 1,299,000
3 Dan Shak 1,243,000
4 Jason Mercier 1,208,000
5 Dan Smith 1,152,000
6 Bryn Kenney 1,097,000
7 Andrew Robl 1,075,000
8 Phil Hellmuth 936,000
9 Fedor Holz 751,000
10 Rainer Kempe 740,000
11 Phil Laak 509,000
12 Phil Galfond 436,000
13 Ben Lamb 415,000
14 Bill Perkins 367,000
15 Dan Perper 344,000
16 Tom Marchese 321,000