The $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl live poker tournament is nearly upon us, with the biggest names in our industry competing for seven-figure cash prizes in a lead-up to the 48th annual World Series of Poker. Action at the ARIA Las Vegas poker room kicks off Sunday afternoon, May 28th at 1:30 local time (PST) with 56 players battling it out at eight, 7-handed tables in hopes of reaching the June 1st Final Day telecast.
Doug Polk, Pratyush Buddiga, Jason Les, Fedor Holz, Jason Koon, Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Ben Sulsky, Matt Berkey, and Dan Colman are among just a handful of the superstar caliber personalities who are in Las Vegas for what promises to be a North American summer filled with entertaining poker action for the world to enjoy through Poker Central’s all-new PokerGO live streaming app.
Following are brief bios of your favorite Team Upswing friends along with other high profile players who will be vying for poker tournament glory in the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl.
Doug Polk has been on an amazing live stream tournament run over the past 18 months with multiple record-breaking performances on both Twitch and YouTube Poker. The modern-day poker superstar has attracted over 100,000 subscribers to his DougPolkPoker YouTube channel, has over $5 million in career live tournament cashes, two WSOP bracelets, and is looking for his first ITM finish in the Super High Roller Bowl.
Doug has been a driving force behind poker’s renewed popularity thanks to his expert strategy analysis, entertaining videos and open-wallet outreach to players across the globe through his numerous cash giveaways.
In 2002, then-13 year old Pratyush Buddiga won the United States National Spelling Bee and earned a trip to the White House to meet President George W. Bush. Now in his late 20s, the Colorado resident is widely regarded as one of the elite poker tournament players in the world, who likewise has more than $5 million in lifetime live event cashes including an August 2016 win in the EPT Barcelona €25,500 buy-in High Roller for $780,000 USD.
Jason Les is one of only two players (Dong Kim) to have competed against both the Claudico and Libratus heads-up NLHE poker bots designed by Carnegie Mellon University professor Tuomas Sandholm (pictured above with Jason) in 2015 and 2017 respectively.
Jason’s high stakes live poker tournament accomplishments include a final table performance in the $100k buy-in WPT Five Diamond Super High Roller in 2014 for $431,640 along with a 15th place deep-run finish in last year’s World Series of Poker Main Event.
Isaac Haxton (aka “Hollywood Ike”) is a high stakes poker legend who is viewed by many players as a heroic figure due to his January 2016 break with the PokerStars brand following its refusal to honor advertised cashback rewards to its highest volume players. Fellow poker pro Alex Millar also parted ways with Amaya’s flagship company during that time.
Seventeen months later, player ire remains fixated on the poker site that once received high marks from its professional and high volume customer base.
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Ike’s runner-up performance in the 2014 Aussie Millions $250k buy-in Challenge event was good for $2.5 million, and his $13 million USD lifetime live tournament cashes make him a current Top 25 entry on the all-time money list.
Since December 2015, German superstar Fedor Holz has taken home about $20 million in live tournament cashes, becoming one of the most sought-after names in poker in the process. He finished runner-up in last year’s SHRB Main Event for $3.5 million and — at only 23 years of age, is looking to extend what is acknowledged by many of his peers as the number one poker tournament streak of all time.
Fedor’s 2017 SCOOP final table call-in earlier this month to Poker Life Podcast host Joey Ingram and Upswing Poker Pot Limit Omaha coach Fernando Habegger was viewed by thousands of fans in real time who greatly appreciated the high stakes pro’s willingness to provide viewers with a behind-the-scenes look into an online showcase event final table.
Matt Berkey won $1.1 million a year ago when he placed 5th in the Super High Roller Bowl, and subsequently impressed poker enthusiasts with his candid Remko Report podcast interview which highlighted the unique ups and downs of the 30-something’s poker life.
Watch SHRB Day 1 Action LIVE
PokerGO will be broadcasting Day 1 of the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl LIVE, and for FREE through its subscription service in an effort to introduce fans to the website’s premium programming.
All-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, $33.1 million live event cash prize winner Daniel Negreanu, financier Lauren Roberts and businessman Bill Perkins will all be in Las Vegas this week to compete for real money and entertain dedicated fans.
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