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The Railbird Report: An Overview of Super High Roller Bowl's 56 Players

2017 Super High Roller Bowl
  • All 56 player names are out (except one businessman). So it's time for an update on the Super High Roller Bowl.

The Super High Roller Bowl starts in 10 days, running May 28 through June 1. PokerNews will be on the floor to exclusively bring you live updates from the event. It's going to be big, and PokerNews will be your destination to stay up to date.

In the raffle last February, 35 players locked up their seat. Poker Central later decided to expand the Bowl to 56 players.

Right after the raffle, we looked at all the stats in the article 'The Highs and Lows of the Super High Roller Bowl'. Besides one anonymous business man and a vacant spot left by Baldwin dropping out, all names are out. So it's time for an update.

Nineteen players deposited the $30,000 to try to get in, but didn't get their names called in the raffle. Since then, Bill Klein, Jason Koon, Dan Colman, Jason Mercier, Talal Shakerchi, Dan Shak, Zach Hyman, Dan Smith, Justin Bonomo and Daniel Negreanu have been let in anyway.

On top of those 10 names, 10 players were let in by Poker Central. Phil Hellmuth, Cary Katz, Bill Perkins, Dan Perper, Isaac Baron, John Morgan, Tony G, Leon Tsoukernik, Lauren Roberts and Kevin Hart all signed up.

Now that Bobby Baldwin has withdrawn from the event, just one spot is open and to be announced before the event gets underway. The website also lists an anonymous businessman to take a seat. The following nine players tried to get in initially via the raffle, but weren't picked:

Adrian MateosDarren EliasMax Silver
Jan-Eric SchwippertSergio AidoCharlie Carrel
Stephen ChidwickJonathan JaffeMax Altergott

From the list of players in the black for this event, only Timofey Kuznetsov isn't partaking in this year's event. Kathy Lehne, Keith Gipson, Stephen Chidwick, Tony Gregg, Vitaliy Rizhkov, Ben Lamb, Baldwin and Brandon Steven all played last year, but aren't this year (unless one of them is the anonymous businessman). Phil Ivey was notably absent last year and isn't returning this year either.

Here's a look at all the players who have partaken in this event over the years. Brian Rast is the biggest winner, taking down the title the first year when the buy-in was still $500,000. Erik Seidel is the sole player to cash in both previous events. His min-cash in 2015 (seventh place, $860,000) and deep run last year (third place, $2,400,000) make for a profit of $2,460,000 for the eight-time bracelet winner.

PlayerResult 2015Result 2016Overall ResultTicket for 2017?Total Live EarningsAll Time Money List
Brian Rast$7,025,000-$300,000$6,725,000YES$20,398,29110
Rainer Kempe-$4,700,000$4,700,000YES$9,464,14854
Scott Seiver$4,660,000-$300,000$4,360,000YES$22,447,5656
Fedor Holz-$500,000$3,200,000$2,700,000YES$22,119,7327
Erik Seidel$360,000$2,100,000$2,460,000YES$32,145,3132
Connor Drinan$2,725,000-$300,000$2,425,000YES$10,592,12144
Timofey Kuznetsov$1,650,000-$300,000$1,350,000-$2,989,677374
Phil Hellmuth-$1,300,000$1,300,000YES$21,014,7378
Matt Berkey-$800,000$800,000YES$3,071,084359
David Peters$1,005,000-$300,000$705,000YES$16,096,83117
Bryn Kenney-$500,000$500,000YES$17,161,70115
Dan Shak-$300,000$300,000YES$8,742,14964
Tom Marchese$575,000-$300,000$275,000YES$15,922,28318
Ankush Mandavia--$0YES$4,073,585233
Antanas Guoga--$0YES$4,826,340184
Christian Christner--$0YES$620,8882,570
John Juanda--$0YES$20,153,37311
Kevin Hart--$0YES--
Koray Aldemir--$0YES$4,936,378174
Lauren Roberts--$0YES$223,0467,524
Leon Tsoukernik--$0YES$882,2621,779
Sean Winter--$0YES$5,029,273168
Stefan Schillhabel--$0YES$2,464,481514
Steffen Sontheimer--$0YES$983,1381,575
Zach Hyman--$0YES$1,917,787700
Ben Tollerene--$300,000-$300,000YES$2,673,495445
Bill Perkins--$300,000-$300,000YES$2,603,491466
Dan Perper--$300,000-$300,000YES$2,113,425626
David Einhorn--$300,000-$300,000YES$5,152,863164
Dominik Nitsche--$300,000-$300,000YES$6,601,992104
Haralabos Voulgaris--$300,000-$300,000YES$1,882,514719
Jake Schindler--$300,000-$300,000YES$9,182,91657
Justin Bonomo--$300,000-$300,000YES$15,183,53721
Kathy Lehne--$300,000-$300,000-$968,5051,653
Keith Gipson--$300,000-$300,000-$587,2862,778
Nick Petrangelo--$300,000-$300,000YES$8,621,54369
Phil Laak--$300,000-$300,000-$3,637,027276
Sam Soverel--$300,000-$300,000YES$4,040,814235
Stephen Chidwick--$300,000-$300,000-$7,548,10483
Tony Gregg--$300,000-$300,000-$11,841,13234
Vitaliy Rizhkov--$300,000-$300,000-$878,4001,800
Andrew Lichtenberger-$500,000--$500,000YES$8,544,70371
Ben Sulsky-$500,000--$500,000YES$1,732,683791
Bill Klein-$500,000--$500,000YES$3,913,147245
David Sands-$500,000--$500,000-$8,259,24174
Dong Kim-$500,000--$500,000---
Fabian Quoss-$500,000--$500,000-$9,649,20045
Isaac Baron-$500,000--$500,000-$5,605,276138
Jason Koon-$500,000--$500,000YES$8,764,45663
Jean-Robert Bellande-$500,000--$500,000-$2,163,138612
Max Altergott-$500,000--$500,000-$5,506,019144
Ole Schemion-$500,000--$500,000-$12,487,52427
Phil Ivey-$500,000--$500,000-$23,856,0345
Sam Trickett-$500,000--$500,000-$20,618,7959
Tobias Reinkemeier-$500,000--$500,000-$11,195,90539
Tom MacDonald-$500,000--$500,000-$1,022,8881,495
Andrew Robl-$500,000-$300,000-$800,000YES$4,866,231191
Antonio Esfandiari-$500,000-$300,000-$800,000YES$27,353,4504
Ben Lamb-$500,000-$300,000-$800,000-$7,176,49391
Bobby Baldwin-$500,000-$300,000-$800,000-$2,319,679548
Brandon Steven-$500,000-$300,000-$800,000-$3,190,445339
Byron Kaverman-$500,000-$300,000-$800,000YES$9,572,27653
Cary Katz-$500,000-$300,000-$800,000YES$10,900,15643
Christoph Vogelsang-$500,000-$300,000-$800,000YES$7,369,37386
Dan Colman-$500,000-$300,000-$800,000YES$28,205,1693
Dan Smith-$500,000-$300,000-$800,000YES$16,206,30116
Daniel Negreanu-$500,000-$300,000-$800,000YES$33,153,6041
Doug Polk-$500,000-$300,000-$800,000YES$5,154,768163
Igor Kurganov-$500,000-$300,000-$800,000YES$12,226,67829
Isaac Haxton-$500,000-$300,000-$800,000YES$13,091,61424
Jason Les-$500,000-$300,000-$800,000YES$1,527,183937
Jason Mercier-$500,000-$300,000-$800,000YES$18,345,77313
John Morgan-$500,000-$300,000-$800,000YES$635,5112,934
Phil Galfond-$500,000-$300,000-$800,000-$2,339,619540
Pratyush Buddiga-$500,000-$300,000-$800,000YES$5,325,851152
Talal Shakerchi-$500,000-$300,000-$800,000YES$3,273,807327

Three Biggest Pots Online

With the Super High Roller Bowl running May 28 through June 1 and the World Series of Poker May 31 through July 22, action is going to be live mostly. But, there are always players staying at home to grind it out online. With a long summer ahead, action hasn't slowed down online just yet. Here's a look at the three biggest pots online since our last Railbird Report update.

1) Ben "Ben86" Tollerene Wins a $95,815 Pot (240 Big Blinds) Off Timofey "Trueteller" Kuznetsov
($200/$400 PLO HU)

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Kuznetsov opened his button for $1,360, followed by a three-bet to $4,240 from Ben "Ben86" Tollerene. Kuznetsov called in position to see a flop.

With $8,800 in the middle already, the flop came {A-Spades}{Q-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}. Tollerene continuation bet $4,318,50. Kuznetsov called.

As the {2-Spades} hit the turn, Tollerene checked. Kuznetsov bet $12,955 into $17,437. Tollerene shoved for $39,189 and Kuznetsov called.

PlayerHandEquity on {A-Spades}{Q-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} {2-Spades}
Ben "Ben86" Tollerene{J-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}{K-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}77.50%
Timofey "Trueteller" Kuznetsov{7-Hearts}{K-Spades}{6-Spades}{10-Hearts}22.50%

The two high-stakes regulars ran the river just once, and it came good for Tollerene. The {3-Clubs} on the river was a blank and he scooped the $95,000 pot.

2) Timofey "Trueteller" Kuznetsov Wins a $95,815 Pot (240 Big Blinds) Off Ben "Ben86" Tollerene
($200/$400 PLO HU)

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Again, Kuznetsov opened his button for $1,360. This time, Tollerene just called and the two got a flop with "just" $2,640 in the middle.

The flop came {6-Clubs}{A-Spades}{8-Hearts} and Tollerene checked. Kuznetsov bet $1,918 and was soon facing a check-raise to $6,617. Kuznetsov three-bet to $24,646, and called the four-bet shove for $43,759 total.

PlayerHandEquity on {6-Clubs}{A-Spades}{8-Hearts}
Ben "Ben86" Tollerene{8-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{A-Clubs}{2-Spades}57.07%
Timofey "Trueteller" Kuznetsov{10-Spades}{K-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}42.93%

The two decided to run the turn and river just once, and it came {5-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}. The five on the turn gifted Kuznetsov the nuts and the pot.

3) "BERRI SWEET" Wins a $87,269 Pot (436 Big Blinds) Off Dani "supernova9" Stern
($100/$200 PLO HU)

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"BERRI SWEET" opened his button to $680 before Dani "supernova9" Stern three-bet to $2,120. BERRI SWEET called in position and the two of them got a flop of {4-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} to work with. Stern checked and called the bet of $3,237.

With now $10,876 in the middle, the {10-Spades} hit the turn. Again, Stern checked. BERRI SWEET bet just about full pot and Stern called once again.

The {K-Clubs} completed the board and Stern had $27,404 behind in a $32,461 pot. BERRI SWEET shoved and Stern called, making it check-call post flop all the way for Stern.

BERRI SWEET tabled {7-Clubs}{A-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{6-Hearts} for the full house. Stern revealed {9-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}, mucking trips.

Online High-Stakes Action in the Last Month

Since our last update, Kuznetsov has really cleaned up. He's up a massive $715,000 since last month, making for a profit of over $1,000,000 for 2017. BERRI SWEET is a distant second and "LLinusLLove" follows in third place.

The last four weeks haven't been good for Dutch grinder "Ravenswood13." He was the biggest winner in our last update, but now finds his nickname on top of the list with biggest losing players. Stern and Kristijonas "greezhool" Andrulis follow in second and third place.

 (user)namehandsprofit/loss last monthprofit/loss 2017profit/loss all time
 Winning Players    
1Timofey "Trueteller" Kuznetsov6,781+$714,987+$1,033,380+$2,924,147
2BERRI SWEET3,296+$379,180+$540,325+$1,101,244
4Elior "Crazy Elior" Sion6,625+$184,701+$212,904+$466,898
5Giannis "ActionFreak" Kontonatsios11,712+$151,403+$290,053+$299,426
7Janne "Durian" Juutilainen4,130+$142,158+$129,996+$347,567
8Pauli "Fiilismies" Äyräs3,111+$119,366+$123,351+$74,441
9Dan "w00ki3z." Cates4,729+$116,390-$378,262+$967,711
10Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro5,198+$111,341+$160,099-$543,065
 Losing Players    
2Dani "supernova9" Stern1,916-$319,248-$804,381-$1,466,788
3Kristijonas "greezhool" Andrulis6,976-$284,277-$306,085-$319,796
4Ben "Sauce123" Sulsky7,400-$188,621-$21,966+$4,830,753
5Scott "gunning4you" Seiver1,821-$111,612 -$10,437
6Gavin "gavz101" Cochrane8,828-$93,845-$62,194+$374,016
10Phil "MrSweets28" Galfond714-$79,282-$109,261+$1,390,511

The 2017 Leaderboard

Kuznetsov was positioned in third place last month but is now on top of the list for biggest winners for 2017. Ravenswood13 did the exact opposite, going from 1first to third. BERRI SWEET is new to the Top 3, bumping "RaúlGonzalez" to fourth place.

Dan "w00ki3z." Cates was the year's biggest losing player last month, but now sits in fourth place. That moved Stern and Bill "GASTRADER" Perkins up a spot. New in the Top 3 is Sergey "St1ckman" Vasiliev who's down $407,729 for the year according to

 (user)namehands 2017profit/loss 2017profit/loss per hand 2017profit/loss all time↑/↓most played game 2017
 Winning Players      
1Timofey "Trueteller" Kuznetsov33.453+$1,033,380+$30.89+$2,924,147PLO
2BERRI SWEET7,841+$540,325+$68.91+$1,101,244PLO
 Losing Players      
1Dani "supernova9" Stern9,680-$804,381-$83.09-$1,466,788PLO
2Bill "GASTRADER" Perkins2,991-$411,136-$137.45-$744,469-NLHM
3Sergey "St1ckman" Vasiliev33,620-$407,729-$12.12+$440,934PLO

The above top winning and losing players in online poker for 2017 only consist of PokerStars accounts. All public data courtesy of If you want to opt out of being listed in this PokerNews update on high-stakes action, send an email with your username to

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