Earlier today, we brought you a look at who the Super High Roller Bowl rookies will be this summer. In total, seven players will be making their debuts in poker’s biggest event and while those players will certainly bring some fresh faces, the returning players will most likely control the pre-tournament headlines.
While a majority of the 35 names picked in yesterday’s live lottery will be returning to the SHRB arena, four of those players are competing in today’s ARIA $50K Super High Roller. On the surface, these players couldn’t be more different but at their core, all four are some of the world’s best High Roller players.
There may not be a more respected High Roller than Erik Seidel. The New York native nearly notched a podium finish in last year’s Super High Roller Bowl and final tabled the 2015 version, making him the only player to record single-digit finishes in both SHRB installments. Add in the fact that Seidel has High Roller victories from around the globe, along with eight WSOP bracelets, and Seidel will not only be looking to make history this summer but also continue to stake his claim as one of the all-time greats.
Jake Schindler was one of the most successful players in last year’s ARIA High Roller events. The Pennsylvania native won three times and took in just over $2,600,000 in winnings, while ending a banner year with a podium finish in the WPT’s Five Diamond Classic at Bellagio. Despite a High Roller victory from the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, which was good for a seven-figure score, one of the youngest and most successful High Rollers on the planet, is still looking for that second breakthrough score. Schindler will hope his recent success translates to this summer and that score comes in the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl.
Most of the returnees are High Roller specialists and over the last year, Byron Kaverman has confirmed that he should be be considered one of those specialists as well. The Ohio native won his first WSOP bracelet in 2015 but this summer, Kaverman flexed his muscles at ARIA. He won back-to-back $25K High Rollers and resumed that form at the start of this year. Kaverman final tabled all three big buy-in events, $100,000, $50,000 and $25,000, at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas. Needless to say, Kaverman has shown he can compete at any level and the only stone unturned is the Super High Roller Bowl.
While a majority of his tournament victories and massive scores have come from overseas, including a $25,000 EPT High Roller win in December of last year, Isaac Haxton also has his fair share of ARIA High Roller success. The Las Vegas professional does most of his ARIA damage during the summer, which might mean good things come May’s Super High Roller Bowl. With nearly $13,000,000 in live tournament earnings, as well as an online resume that is just as impressive, Haxton will be one of the most experienced players in this year’s event.
Andrew Robl’s last tournament result was from a 2015 ARIA High Roller, coincidently that he won, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that he isn’t one of the more respected players in the world. A fixture in some of the world’s biggest cash games, Robl is no stranger to high stakes and the Las Vegas professional has been near the top of the poker world for the better part of the last decade. Recent tournament results aside, Robl’s resume, which includes a $100,000 Aussie Millions Challenge title from 2013, speaks for itself and he’ll be a serious contender come the summer.