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Comedian Kevin Hart pledged to make poker fun and it looks like his idea of fun is buying into the $300,000 Aria Super High Roller Bowl in Las Vegas. It's the year's biggest buy-in event and in both 2015 and 2016 it was won by a high-stakes poker pro.
Hart will be up against a mixed field of elite poker pros and wealthy amateurs with a shot at the $6 million first-place prize. Hart recently penned an endorsement deal with PokerStars and has played two $100k buy-in Super High Rollers so far this year.
Last year Hart ranked sixth on Forbes' highest-paid celebrities list with $87.5 million in earnings. That puts him ahead of the poker pros in the field but far short of some of the wealthy businessmen. He's still looking for his first big cash and will have a big opportunity at the SHRB on May 28. The event is being streamed live on Youtube by Poker Central and will crown a champion June 1.
Comedy superstar Kevin Hart just announced he's going to play the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl at the Aria Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas this summer.
Hart was the 56th and final addition to the lineup and will be up against a mix of poker's top pros and the world's wealthiest amateurs.
What's on the line? A massive $16.8 million prize pool with $6 million going straight to the winner.
When Poker Central tweeted about Hart playing in the year's biggest buy-in poker event, Hart replied “You damn right I am.”
Last year Hart ranked sixth on Forbes' list of the world's highest-paid celebrities, raking in $87.5 million. That puts him somewhere in the middle of the pack as far as net worth among the poker pros and businessmen he'll be playing against in Las Vegas.
Hart's first major poker experience came earlier this year when he played the $100,000 buy-in Super High Roller at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas.
Hart busted on Day 1, rebought for a second 100,000 but, despite making Day 2, didn't make the money.
A few months later Kevin Hart signed an endorsement deal with PokerStars with the pledge to “Make poker fun.” and played his second $100k high roller at the PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo.
Since the Aria Super High Roller Bowl's first event in 2014, it's been won by elite high-stakes poker pros with Brian Rast winning the inaugural event for $7.5 million and Rainer Kempe taking it down for $5 million one year later.
Hart will have his work cut out for him but said “I am looking forward to all the support and positive vibes from my fans who will be tuning in through Poker Central to watch me stomp all over the competition.”
The Super High Roller Bowl starts May 28 and will be streamed live on Yotube courtesy of Poker Central.