Sam Greenwood is the chip leader after Day 1 of the $250,000 Super High Roller Bowl Main Event in the Super High Roller Series Europe at Merit Crystal Cove Resort and Casino in North Cyprus.
The SHRB returns to Europe for the first time since August of 2021, when Wiktor Malinowski outlasted a field of 41 entrants to win $3,690,000 in the first time the high roller series visited North Cyprus.
Greenwood has the lead after finishing as the runner-up in Event #6: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em earlier on Wednesday. He’s followed by Teun Mulder, who already has a win under his belt after taking down the $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament during the Triton Poker end of the combined series.
$250,000 Super High Roller Bowl Europe Top Ten Chip Counts
|3||Elton Tsang||Hong Kong||551,000|
|4||Ali Imsirovic||Bosnia and Herzegovina||524,000|
|5||Chris Brewer||United States||470,000|
Close behind Mulder is Elton Tsang and PokerGO Tour points race leader Ali Imsirovic. Chris Brewer rounds out the top five in pursuit of his first victory of the combined series.
Other notable players that are among the 22 to bag for Day 2 include SHRS Europe points leader Phil Ivey, former SHRB champions Christoph Vogelsang, Daniel Dvoress, Cary Katz, former back-to-back SHRB champion Timothy Adams, and reigning champion Michael Addamo, who won at SHRB VI in September of 2021 as part of his red-hot run through the high roller circuit last year.
Cards go in the air for Day 2 at 1 p.m. local time on Thursday, and they will play down to a final table of six players that will return on Friday to determine a winner.
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Super High Roller Bowl Through the Years
The latest iteration of the Super High Roller Bowl is the 14th in the series, and the return to North Cyprus has drawn 31 entrants to generate a prize pool of $7,750,000. Registration continues through the end of the first level of Day 2, so that number is expected to grow.
The first SHRB was held in 2015 at Aria Resort and Casino and 43 players turned out for the $500,000 buy-in and a prize pool of $21,500,000. Brian Rast won $7,525,000 for first place in a tournament that awarded each of the top six finishers at least $1,000,000 from what is still the highest SHRB prize pool to date.
The tournament continued on in Las Vegas until its fourth edition, the first to be held overseas at Babylon Casino in Macau. The HK$2,100,000 ($267,637) drew 75 runners and was the best-attended SHRB to date, which generated a prize pool of $18,542,000 and awarded Justin Bonomo $4,821,516 for first place.
Macau was the first of back-to-back wins for Bonomo, who took down the tournament’s return to Las Vegas just a couple of months later for $5,000,000. That was the second of three SHRB titles for Bonomo, who also won the online version that was offered in 2020 during the pandemic. The only other player with multiple SHRB wins is Adams, who went back-to-back in Australia and Russia at the beginning of 2020.
The live tournament hit the road after SHRB V in 2018, stopping in London, the Bahamas, Australia, Russia, and North Cyprus before returning to Las Vegas in September of 2021.
In all, the SHRB has been offered in seven different countries on five different continents and it still continues to draw the top players in the game from all over the world.
Super High Roller Bowl Winners
|2015||Super High Roller Bowl I||Aria Resort and Casino||Brian Rast||$7,525,000||43|
|2016||Super High Roller Bowl II||Aria Resort and Casino||Rainer Kempe||$5,000,000||49|
|2017||Super High Roller Bowl III||Aria Resort and Casino||Christoph Vogelsang||$6,000,000||56|
|March 2018||Super High Roller Bowl China||Babylon Casino, Macau||Justin Bonomo||$4,823,077||75|
|May 2018||Super High Roller Bowl IV||Aria Resort and Casino||Justin Bonomo||$5,000,000||48|
|December 2018||Super High Roller Bowl V||Aria Resort and Casino||Isaac Haxton||$3,672,000||36|
|September 2019||Super High Roller Bowl London||Aspers Casino||Cary Katz||$2,610,317||12|
|November 2019||Super High Roller Bowl Bahamas||Baha Mar Casino||Daniel Dvoress||$4,080,000||51|
|February 2020||Super High Roller Bowl Australia||The Star Gold Coast||Timothy Adams||$1,446,112||16|
|March 2020||Super High Roller Bowl Russia||Casino Sochi||Timothy Adams||$3,600,000||40|
|June 2020||Super High Roller Bowl Online||partypoker||Justin Bonomo||$1,775,000||50|
|August 2021||Super High Roller Bowl Europe||Merit Royal Hotel Casino and Spa||Wiktor Malinowski||$3,690,000||41|
|September 2021||Super High Roller Bowl VI||Aria Resort and Casino||Michael Addamo||$3,402,000||21|
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Where to Watch Day 2?
Day 2 action will air on Thursday, April 14 with David Tuchman and Brent Hanks providing the commentary on the PokerGO YouTube channel. Play is expected to go live at 8 a.m ET and 5 a.m. PT.
*Image courtesy of Joe Giron/Triton Poker
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