Poker fans will be able to watch the world’s top poker players compete for an anticipated prize pool of over $25 million this summer when the NBC Sports Network airs the Super High Roller Bowl.
The tournament will take place from July 2-4 at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas and features a $500,000 buy-in that has no fees or rake attached. The entire prize pool will go to the players, with the biggest names in poker such as Phil Hellmuth, Sam Trickett, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Antonio Esfandiari and Erik Seidel already committed to participate.
A Summer of Poker (and Autumn too)
The exciting Super High Roller Bowl action will be shown on NBCSN beginning on Friday, August 28 and ending with the final episode on Saturday, October 3.
“We are excited to bring this new world championship poker event to NBCSN,” said Jon Miller, NBCSN’s President of Programming. The NBCSN honcho added that the superstar players involved as well as the massive prize pool “will make for compelling programming.”
Players and poker fans alike can begin tuning into NBCSN a month earlier for the Super High Roller Celebrity Shootout. The episodes for that event begin airing on Wednesday, July 29 and end on Wednesday, August 12. A two-week hiatus in poker programming will occur before the Super High Roller Bowl begins airing on Aug. 28.
All Poker, All the Time
Poker Central, a round-the-clock poker TV network that is set to make its broadcast debut on October 1, is sponsoring the Super High Roller Bowl. It is expected to be an annual open event that will see the winner take home more than $8 million and a championship ring.
“NBCSN is a great channel full of exciting shows for dedicated fans of the sporting world,” said Clint Stinchcomb, Poker Central CEO. “We are thrilled to be a part of their lineup.”
NBC is no stranger to poker programming, having aired both the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship and Poker After Dark previously. But the Super High Roller Bowl may eclipse those broadcasts in terms of being a favorite of fans considering the expected prize pool and lineup of top poker pros who will take their seats at the poker table.
Poker Stars Galore
Some other names who have signed on to play in the Super High Roller Bowl include Tom Dwan, Dan Colman, Pratyush Buddiga, Joseph Cheong, Daniel Cates, Andrew Robl, Dan Smith, and Andrew “luckychewy” Lichtenberger.
The Super High Roller Celebrity Shootout features five poker legends taking aim against five celebrity players on two tables in a winner-take-all contest. A $1 million prize is on the line.
There is also a Super High Roller Cash Game on the schedule that calls for a minimum buy-in of $250,000. That event is open to pros and celebrities and will be shown on Poker Central sometime in November, the exact date and time yet to be revealed.