The 2016 Super High Roller Bowl featuring 49 of poker’s elite players vying for $15 million in prize money from May 29 through June 1 will be broadcast on live television by the CBS Sports Network.
Poker Central, the only TV network that airs poker programming round-the-clock, created and produced the SHRB and announced on Wednesday that CBS Sports will provide 30 hours of live coverage of the tournament. Poker fans can tune in to CBS Sports on Sunday, May 29 from 7:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m. ET, on both May 30 and May 31 from 8:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m., and on June 1 from 7:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Entries Up, Buy-in Down
The SHRB made its debut last year at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas when 43 players plunked down the $500,000 entry fee, creating a prize pool of $21.5 million. The rake-free event provided exceptional value for the players, with Brian Rast laying claim to the inaugural SHRB championshiop and $7.5 million in prize money.
Six other players landed in the money, with places 2-7 listed here, respectively: Scott Seiver – $5,160,000; Connor Drinan – $3,225,000; Timofey Kuznetsov – $2,150,000; David Peters – $1,505,000; Tom Marchese – $1,075,000; Erik Seidel – $860,000.
The 2016 version of the SHRB will again take place at the Aria and continue with the “no rake” tradition, but the buy-in was lowered to $300,000. The number of entries was capped at 49, and those seats were filled in record time – three months before the first hand was scheduled to be dealt.
Best of the Best
“We are excited to bring this world championship event to CBS Sports Network,” said Poker Central CEO Clint Stinchcomb. “With $15 million on the line and the world’s best players, including the top 4 all-time money winners as well as 6 former #1 ranked players, the Super High Roller Bowl will have audiences glued to the game.”
Those four top money winners are Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Erik Seidel and Dan Colman. They will be joined at the tables by the likes of Phil Hellmuth, Justin Bonomo, Dominik Nitsche, Phil Galfond, Doug Polk, Igor Kurganov and Jason Mercier. All will be shooting for first place prize money of $5 million.
$1 Million Prize Available to Poker Fans
While poker’s finest will be battling it out for millions of dollars at the SHRB, fans at home can take a shot at becoming a millionaire by playing along. A contest called the MVMT Million Dollar Final Table Challenge that’s free to enter is already underway.
Those wishing to enter must register at Poker Central’s web site before May 29 and select the seven players that will make it to the SHRB final table. That includes picking the correct order of finish. If anybody can pull that off, a $1 million prize awaits.
Yes, the odds of winning are astronomical. But, hey, it’s free to try! And plus, Poker Central is allowing contestants to change their selections up until the end of Day 1. Be sure to watch the first day of action on CBS Sports on May 29 to see who grabs an early lead and if one of your final tablists busts out of the tournament.
Should no contestant win the $1 million, a $10,000 consolation prize will go to the closest contestant according to an established points system. Also, the 25 best scores will receive MVMT watches. So get to work on your final table picks and enter!