Lots of big names and faces dotted the Super High Roller Series website in the months leading up to the inaugural $500,000 Super High Roller Bowl as anticipated competitors in the event. There was a good mix of top professionals and casual poker hobbyists with deep pockets, but when the cards hit the air on Thursday afternoon the field was packed full of elite poker talent. There was certainly many more top professionals than businessmen, and the turnout looked to be one of the toughest super high roller fields ever produced.
All told, 43 entries were generated and a prize pool of $21.5 million was generated. That number made this event the 15th largest in live poker history in terms of prize pool, and a staggering $7.525 million has been set atop for the winner to claim. After Day 1, the man best positioned was David Peters following an impressive start that saw him bag up 2.153 million in chips.
Day 1 Top 10 Chip Counts
As mentioned, this superior field was filled with some of poker's best. Looking around the room, sightings of Phil Ivey, Dan Smith, Fabian Quoss, Tobias Reinkemeier, Doug Polk, Jason Mercier, Fedor Holz, Ole Schemion, and Isaac Haxton were had, but those sightings didn't last as all those names failed to advance out of the first day.
Ivey was eliminated by Scott Seiver, with the 10-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner falling in Level 8. Seiver put Ivey all in on the river the board, and Ivey tank-called for his tournament life. When Seiver tabled the for two pair, Ivey mucked his hand and darted towards the exit. Seiver went on to bag up 2.008 million in chips.
Of those joining Peters and Seiver in moving to Day 2 were Connor Drinan, Daniel Negreanu (the sole Canadian), David "Doc" Sands, Andrew Lichtenberger, and the man who just can't seem to do wrong in these exclusive events, Dan Colman.
Colman most famously won the 2014 WSOP Big One for One Drop for over $15.3 million and has had four seven-figure scores outside of that one in less than a year and a half. Just a few days ago, Colman landed himself at the final table of the WSOP $111,111 High Roller for One Drop and took third for over $1.5 million. With a stack of 851,000 going forward in this event and his extreme success with large sums of money on the line, Colman is a heavy favorite.
With 27 players surviving, Day 2 will see them all return to the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas at 2 p.m. local time. The top seven spots are set to pay out, and with that will come a large $860,000 bubble. Just as we were today, PokerNews will be on hand from start to finish for continued live coverage straight from the tournament floor. Until then, get some rest and get ready for plenty more high-stakes poker coming your way!