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2016 Super High Roller Bowl Sold Out w/ 49 Players, $5m for First
The buy-in is a whopping $300,000. And it's still three months away from happening.
That hasn't stopped the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl at Aria in Las Vegas from reaching its 49-seat player cap already with some of the biggest names in poker.
The 2016 edition will be the second incarnation of the SHRB. Last year's event, won by Brian Rast for $7.5m, had a $500k buy-in.
Already committing to play are usual suspects in Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel and Phil Galfond along with some of the most intriguing young stars in the game including Fedor Holz, Timofey Kuznetsov and Ben Tollerene.
Seven 7-Handed Tables, Negative Rake
Poker players are notorious procrastinators so to have a full field of 49 long before the May 29 start date is pretty unusual.
The #1 motivating factor, obviously, is financial. Sponsors have added $300,000 to the prize pool themselves to make it a a negative rake event for the players.
With a reduced, rake-free buy-in, a few notable businessmen in the field and a couple of "mystery" players, the field is likely softer than the usual high roller. The $15m final-table prize pool likely doesn't hurt either.
Aria opened up for player deposits on Jan. 22 but closed registration quickly after selling out.
“I’ve never seen a high stakes tournament sell out three months in advance," said Sean McCormack, ARIA’s Director of Poker Operations.
"It’s unprecedented. We have a significant waiting list, too!” Some key numbers:
Dates: May 29 - June 1
Final 7: Play for $15m at final table
Winner: $5 million
Check the full list of committed players on superhighroller.com here.