Jason Koon won the PokerStars Championship Bahamas $100k Super High Roller Event on Sunday for a cool $1.65 million. For the first two days of this event, the poker world was focused on actor and comedian Kevin Hart who fired two bullets in the event.
While Hart didn’t come close to making the final table, his prescience stirred up a ton of buzz and got us to thinking about which celebrities we’d like to see show up in to the PCB $100k Super High Roller.
Gabriel Iglesias is celebrating 20 years in comedy this year and the “Fluffy Guy” would be a perfect fit for a Super High Roller Event. He certainly can afford the buy-in and he would be awesome to play with at the tables.
Who knows, his experiences in the SHR may end up becoming part of his next major Netflix special. Btw, go check out his new special on Netflix.
Ric Flair and John Cena
I was torn whether to select Ric Flair or John Cena as my pro wrestling celebrity, so I chose both! While the Nature Boy may no longer compete in the ring, he is still one of the greatest on-mic performers of all time.
I can imagine him showing up to the Super High Roller letting out his customary “Whoooo” and getting everyone wound up at the table. He’ll be the jet flying, limousine riding, kiss stealing, wheeling dealing, check-raising son of a gun!
And as far as Cena, I’d like to see him show up just for the sheer intimidation factor. Would you want to risk knocking out Cena? You may find yourself on the wrong end of an Attitude Adjustment – thought the table.
The man that everyone loved to hate on American Idol would be an awesome addition to the Super High Roller. Reporters would certainly camp out to hear his latest insults and you can rest assured they won’t be as tame as the typical “donkey” or “bad reg.”
“Sir, I must say that in all my years, I have never seen a poker player quite like you. Watching you play is like listening to William Hung sing, yet nobody had the better sense to tell you to go home. Why the hell did I pay to enter this thing? You should be paying me to watch this atrocious display of poker.”
“Oh hell no! What is this shit? I had three kings and you called all your chips on the turn in order to catch a flush on the river? Get your damn hand out of my face before I smack you!”
Please let Wanda Sykes enter the SHR. Her blowups would be more epic than Phil Hellmuth’s.
Howard Stern looks like he would be awesome to play a poker tournament with, and why not have him come to the Super High Roller. Better still; why not have him broadcast his radio show from the Caribbean. I’m sure he’d be down for that.
Lebron made $77 million in 2016 and is worth around $300 million, so $100k for a Super High Roller won’t be a problem for him. Lebron is no stranger to poker and has even played on PokerStars in the past.
The three-time NBA champion certainly has the discipline and the guts to hang with the big boys of poker. If he made the final table, it would be one of the greatest poker accomplishments in history by an athlete.
One of the most popular talk show hosts in the world, Ellen would be perfect for the Super High Roller Event. Not only would her comedy keep her table entertained but also it would be an awesome statement for women in poker.
I could completely see her spending a segment of her show talking about the event and maybe even have some of the top female poker pros in the world on her show. Imagine if she actually made the final table. How awesome would that be for the game?
Dwanye “The Rock” Johnson has successfully transitioned from pro wrestling to Hollywood and is #19 on Forbes 100 Highest Paid Celebrities for 2016. Making $64.5 million in 2016 alone, he can certainly afford a few bullets for the SHR.
The poker media loves a big name celebrity and Johnson would definitely ham it up for the camera. I can see PokerNews and various other sites getting interviews and I wouldn’t be shocked to see someone have him cut a wrestling promo.
The President Elect of the United States would be the ultimate celebrity players in the Super High Roller. It would be HUGE. His would have the hugest hands. After all, he probably feels he has more poker experience than all the top poker pros.
Even if he doesn’t win, that’s ok. He probably had Daniel Negreanu pay for his entry.