Only six finalists remain in contention for the world’s most prestigious high roller title that is being played over at Las Vegas’ ARIA Resort & Casino this week. High-stakes pro Mikita Badziakouski emerged as chip leader before the final table in the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl but is closely followed by Canadian poker legend Daniel Negreanu. When cards are in the air at noon tomorrow, they will have the biggest advantage in the fight for the stunning $5 million first-place prize.
Day 3 of the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl started Tuesday with 14 players who returned to the tables at noon. The strong field of notable poker professionals created a remarkable atmosphere at the ARIA Resort & Casino which hosts the tournament from Sunday, May 27, through Wednesday, May 30. Not all of them, however, finished in the money after paying the entry to the exclusive $300,000 buy-in event. Among those who left empty-handed were Byron Kaverman, Sergio Aido, Sam Soverel, Matt Hyman, Kahle Burns, and Steffen Sontheimer.
For his 8th place finish, Seth Davies received $90,000, while the next one to bust was Stephen Chidwick. He did not make it to the feature table, but he managed to take home $600,000 after losing the large stack he held earlier that day. The six finalists who survived the tough game will return to the final table on Wednesday where the most challenging levels will await them. Play will resume with almost 40 minutes remaining in the 10,000/25,000 level, and a 25,000 big blind ante.
Three Big Stacks on the Final Table
The Final Day of the ongoing 2018 Super High Roller Bowl will start with an intriguing field of six players, some of whom seem to have a bigger advantage over the rest. Although Mikita Badziakouski has the chip lead with 4,205,000, he is not far ahead of the second and third runner-ups. The three big stacks on the final table also include Day 1 chip leader Daniel Negreanu who holds exactly 4 million in chips and Day 2 chip leader Justin Bonomo who has 3,965,000.
The other three players who will challenge the main contenders will sit on the table with significantly smaller stacks and will have a hard time surviving. These are Jason Koon (1,185,000), Nick Petrangelo (600,000) and defending champion Christoph Vogelsang (445,000). Nothing is certain, however, and everyone has a chance to claim the title of this year’s Super High Roller Bowl, which has a total prize pool of over $14 million.
With payouts already determined, the one who busts first on Wednesday is certainly receiving a cash prize of $900,000, while the rest of the players will be given a minimum of $1 million. The prize for the fifth position is $1.2 million, the prize for finishing fourth is $1.6 million, and for third, it is $2.1 million. The player who is eliminated the last and finishes second will receive $3 million and the prize for the champion is worth the stunning $5 million.