Super High Roller Bowl History

The Super High Roller Bowl got its start in 2015 and has become one of the can’t-miss events on the poker calendar. The Super High Roller Bowl is an ultra high-stakes poker tournament with a buy-in stretching into six-figure territory, attracting the game’s biggest names and awarding millions of dollars in prize money with each edition.

Heading into Super High Roller Bowl VI, Super High Roller Bowl events have awarded more than $144,700,000 in prize money and combined the winners have earned more than $52,600,000 in prize money.

On this page, you will find a detailed Super High Roller Bowl history, including past winners, players who have won the most money, and locations of the event.

Statistics and information on this page only include Super High Roller Bowl events and not side or preliminary events as part of the Super High Roller Series.

Super High Roller Bowl Winners

Year Event Buy-In Entries Winner First Prize
2015 Super High Roller Bowl I $500,000 43 Brian Rast $7,525,000
2016 Super High Roller Bowl II $300,000 49 Rainer Kempe $5,000,000
2017 Super High Roller Bowl III $300,000 56 Christoph Vogelsang $6,000,000
2018 Super High Roller Bowl China HK$2,100,000 75 Justin Bonomo HK$37,830,000
2018 Super High Roller Bowl IV $300,000 48 Justin Bonomo $5,000,000
2018 Super High Roller Bowl V $300,000 36 Isaac Haxton $3,672,000
2019 Super High Roller Bowl London £252,500 12 Cary Katz £2,100,000
2019 Super High Roller Bowl Bahamas $250,000 51 Daniel Dvoress $4,080,000
2020 Super High Roller Bowl Australia A$250,000 16 Timothy Adams A$2,160,000
2020 Super High Roller Bowl Russia $250,000 40 Timothy Adams $3,600,000
2020 Super High Roller Bowl Online $102,000 50 Justin Bonomo $1,775,000
2021 Super High Roller Bowl Europe $250,000 41 Wiktor Malinowski $3,690,000
2021 Super High Roller Bowl VI $300,000 21 Michael Addamo $3,402,000

2015: Brian Rast Wins Inaugural Super High Roller Bowl

In 2015, the first-ever Super High Roller Bowl was held at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The $500,000 buy-in tournament was one of the largest buy-in events the poker world had ever seen, and 43 players joined the competition to create a $21,500,000 prize pool. Brian Rast won the event for a monstrous sum of $7,525,000.

Rast defeated Scott Seiver in heads-up play, with Seiver taking home $5,160,000. Connor Drinan finished third for $3,225,000, with the result coming just about one year after Drinan lost aces versus aces to Cary Katz in the WSOP $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop.

Rounding out the in-the-money results were Timofey Kuznetsov in fourth for $2,150,000, David Peters in fifth for $1,505,000, Tom Marchese in sixth for $1,075,000, and Erik Seidel in seventh for $860,000.

2016: Rainer Kempe Takes Super High Roller Bowl Crown

The second edition of the Super High Roller Bowl took place at the same location as the first one, at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The buy-in was adjusted to $300,000 and a field size of 49 entries was generated. Up top was a $5,000,000 first-place prize and it was Rainer Kempe winning it all.

Kempe triumphed over Fedor Holz in the final duel, with Holz earning $3,500,000 for his second-place finish. Erik Seidel placed third for $2,400,000, having made the money in the first two Super High Roller Bowl events ever held.

Others to cash in Super High Roller Bowl II in 2016 were Phil Hellmuth in fourth place for $1,600,000, Matt Berkey in fifth place for $1,100,000, Bryn Kenney in sixth place for $800,000, and Dan Shak in seventh place for $600,000.

2017: Christoph Vogelsang Captures Super High Roller Bowl Title

A field of 56 entries was in play for Super High Roller Bowl III in 2017. Each player put up a $300,000 buy-in to generate a $16,800,000 prize pool. Christoph Vogelsang captured top honors, walking away with a $6,000,000 score.

Jake Schindler finished second for $3,600,000 and then Vogelsang’s countryman, Stefan Schillhabel, placed third for $2,400,000.

Outside of the top three, Leon Tsoukernik took fourth for $1,800,000, Byron Kaverman got fifth for $1,400,000, Pratyush Buddiga was sixth for $1,000,000, and Justin Bonomo was seventh for $600,000.

2018: Super High Roller Bowl Goes International, Justin Bonomo Goes Back-To-Back

It was a momentous year for the Super High Roller Bowl in 2018. This was the first year the brand went international, with Super High Roller Bowl China happening in March. This was also the year that Justin Bonomo won two Super High Roller Bowl titles in consecutive events.

At Super High Roller Bowl China, 75 entries competed at Babylon Casino in Macau, each ponying up the buy-in of HK$2,100,000 ($267,736). In the end, Bonomo beat Patrik Antonius to win the title and take home the lion’s share of the prize pool. Bonomo won HK$37,830,000 ($4,823,077) for the victory.

Antonius picked up HK$24,735,000 ($3,153,551) for finishing in second place. Rainer Kempe, winner of Super High Roller Bowl II, placed third for HK$16,005,000 ($2,040,533).

After his big victory at Super High Roller Bowl China, Bonomo did the unthinkable and won Super High Roller Bowl IV in Las Vegas two months later. In that $300,000 buy-in event, Bonomo topped a field of 48 entries, including a heads-up match with Daniel Negreanu, to win the title. Bonomo won $5,000,000.

Finishing second to Bonomo earned Negreanu $3,000,000, with Jason Koon rounding out the podium in third place for $2,100,000. Christoph Vogelsang, winner of Super High Bowl III, placed fifth for $1,200,000.

The Super High Roller Bowl wasn’t done in 2018 just yet, as one more event would take place at the end of the year. In December, Super High Roller Bowl V was held at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas. A field of 36 entries were in action for $300,000 each. In the end, it was Isaac Haxton beating Alex Foxen to claim the $3,672,000 first-place prize.

Foxen picked up $2,160,000 for his second-place finish. Stephen Chidwick, who was making his third consecutive Super High Roller Bowl cash after placing sixth in Super High Roller Bowl China and seventh in Super High Roller Bowl IV, finished third for $1,512,000.

2019: London and Bahamas Host Super High Roller Bowl Events

The Super High Roller Bowl expanded even further in 2019, with events in London, England, and the Bahamas. The events took place in September and November, respectively.

First up was Super High Roller Bowl London. The £252,500 ($312,650) buy-in event attracted 12 entries. Only the top two finishers would make the money at Aspers Casino Westfield Stratford, and in the end it was Cary Katz against Ali Imsirovic for the title. Katz came out on top to win the £2,100,000 ($2,610,317) first-place prize.

The Super High Roller Bowl then traveled to the Bahamas for a $250,000 buy-in tournament at Baha Mar in Nassau. The field grew to 51 entries and generated a $12,750,000 prize pool. Canadien Daniel Dvoress won the event for $5,080,000.

Wai Leong Chan finished second in Super High Roller Bowl Bahamas for $2,677,500. Kathy Lehne became the first female player to make the money when she finished third for $1,785,000.

Other highlights from Super High Roller Bowl Bahamas include Erik Seidel placing fourth for $1,275,000 and Justin Bonomo finishing eighth for $510,000.

2020: Timothy Adams Wins Back-To-Back Events, Super High Roller Bowl Goes Virtual

It was another big year of firsts for the Super High Roller Bowl in 2020. The event took place in two brand new locations, first in Australia and then in Russia, and then the Super High Roller Bowl had an online tournament with a six-figure buy-in.

Super High Roller Bowl Australia was the first of three Super High Roller Bowl events in 2020. It had a buy-in of A$250,000 ($167,230) and drew a field of 16 entries. Timothy Adams topped them all to the tune of A$2,160,000 ($1,446,112).

After Australia, Super High Roller Bowl Russia took place a month later. The field was 40 entries strong for $250,000 each. The winner was a very familiar face, as Adams successfully went back-to-back for $3,600,000 in prize money.

Adams topped Christoph Vogelsang in heads-up play, with Vogelsang winning $2,400,000. Mikita Badziakouski placed third for $1,600,000.

In June, The first-ever Super High Roller Bowl Online was held. The $102,000 buy-in event had a field size of 50 entries. When the dust had settled, Justin Bonomo proved to be the last player standing, winning his third Super High Roller Bowl title and $1,775,000.

2021: Wiktor Malinowski Wins Super High Roller Bowl Europe, Michael Addamo’s Heater Continues

The 2021 Super High Roller Bowl Europe, sponsored by Luxon Pay and GGPoker, attracted 41 entries and generated a prize pool of $10,250,000. Poland’s Wiktor Malinowski topped them all, defeating Ivan Leow in heads-up play and winning $3,690,000 in prize money. The event had six players reach the money. Behind Malinowski and Leow, 20-year-old Zhuang Ruan finished third, two-time Super High Roller Bowl titleholder Timothy Adams took fourth, two-time U.S. Poker Open champion David Peters placed fifth, and Russia’s Viacheslav Buldygin was sixth.

Following Super High Roller Bowl Europe, the PokerGO Tour presented by Guaranteed Rate headed back to Las Vegas for the 2021 Poker Masters. Michael Addamo showed up for the back half of the Poker Masters and won the final two events for a combined $1,840,000 and the Purple Jacket. After that, Addamo went on to win Super High Roller Bowl VI for $3,402,000. He topped a field of 21 entries in Super High Roller Bowl VI and completed a two-week heater that saw him win a combined $5,242,000. Addamo beat Justin Bonomo in heads-up play, denying Bonomo a fourth Super High Roller Bowl title.

The Super High Roller Bowl VI win also pushed Addamo ahead of Joe Hachem at the top of Australia’s all-time money list, as tracked by HendonMob.com.

Top Super High Roller Bowl Money Earners

 

Rank Player Wins Biggest Single Cash Total Money Won
1 Justin Bonomo 3 $5,000,000 $14,596,516
2 Christoph Vogelsang 1 $6,000,000 $9,600,000
3 Brian Rast 1 $7,525,000 $7,525,000
4 Rainer Kempe 1 $5,000,000 $7,039,806
5 Timothy Adams 2 $3,600,000 $6,173,612
6 Scott Seiver 0 $5,160,000 $5,160,000
7 Michael Addamo 1 $3,402,000 $4,589,500
8 Erik Seidel 0 $2,400,000 $4,535,000
9 David Peters 0 $1,112,621 $4,200,121
10 Daniel Dvoress 1 $4,080,000 $4,080,000

Most Super High Roller Bowl Cashes

Rank Player Cashes
1 Justin Bonomo 6
2 David Peters 4
T-3 Christoph Vogelsang 3
T-3 Timothy Adams 3
T-3 Erik Seidel 3
T-3 Stephen Chidwick 3
T-7 Rainer Kempe 2
T-7 Michael Addamo 2
T-7 Mikita Badziakouski 2
T-7 Ivan Leow 2
T-7 Cary Katz 2
T-7 Jason Koon 2
T-7 Bryn Kenney 2
T-7 Adrian Mateos 2
T-7 Ali Imsirovic 2
T-7 Dan Shak 2

Super High Roller Bowl Quick Facts

  • Year of the first Super High Roller Bowl: 2015
  • Player with the most Super High Roller Bowl titles: Justin Bonomo (3)
  • Highest money-earner from Super High Roller Bowl events: Justin Bonomo ($14,596,516)
  • Largest first-place prize in Super High Roller Bowl history: $7,525,000 (Super High Roller Bowl I)
  • Player with the most cashes Super High Roller Bowl events: Justin Bonomo (6)
  • Players to have won multiple Super High Roller Bowl titles: Justin Bonomo and Timothy Adams
  • Players to have won back-to-back Super High Roller Bowl titles: Justin Bonomo and Timothy Adams
  • Total number of unique players to cash in Super High Roller Bowl events: 51