Super High Roller Bowl, WPT Five Diamond Wrap Up Major Events for 2018

The season is coming to a close but two major tournaments stay before the ball falls: the Super High Roller Bowl and WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic.

Both high-roller events happen in Las Vegas at MGM Resorts properties, and both have implications for GPI Player of the Year.

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The Super High Roller Bowl and WPT Five Diamond round out the 2018 Key poker tournament schedule. (Image: Poker Central)

POY Implications at Stake

Much is at stake, other than money, in these final two events for specific high rollers. The 2018 GPI Player of the Year race is tight with seven players still in contention.

2018 GPI Player of the Year Contenders

Alex Foxen (USA) 3,836.72 pointsDavid Peters (USA) 3,776.97Justin Bonomo (USA) 3,763.02Stephen Chidwick (UK) 3,691.67Jake Schindler (USA) 3,625.15Steve O’Dwyer (USA) 3,531.55Adrian Mateos (Spain) 3,412.43

Expect most, if not all, to compete in both of the aforementioned tournaments. That means the race will probably come down to the wire.

Wait, did not we already see a Super High Roller Bowl this year?

No, you weren’t hallucinating. The 2018 Super High Roller Bowl did take place in May. Justin Bonomo, as he’s done in what seems like every high roller this year, won it for about $ 5 million.

But Poker Central decided the $300,000 buy-in championship is better suited for the winter. (You can watch the action live on the PokerGo program Dec. 17-19.) This will be the fifth SHRB, a championship that surfaced as a $500,000 buy-in event in 2015 (Brian Rast won it for $7.5 million).

Bonomo, whose $25 million in cashes in 2018 is a single-year record, has a chance to win three SHRB’s in 1 year. He took down SHRB China in March ($4.82 million) and the Vegas version two weeks later.

SHRB V will have 49 entries, generating a prize pool of $14.4 million with the champion again taking home $5 million. It’s a excellent opportunity for any high roller who’s in the red for the year to finish in the black.

Also in Las Vegas… a large Bellagio WPT $10k

A block away from the PokerGo Studio where the SHRB takes place, the Bellagio will sponsor the $10,400 buy-in WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic, among the most popular annual events on the tour.

We don’t typically give away poker information in our news stories, but if you opt to play with this event, it may be a great idea to avoid playing a big pot against Ryan Tosoc. The Illinois native won it in 2017, a year after completing runner-up.

In his past two WPT Five Diamond performances, he has won over $3 million combined, which accounts for 75 percent of his career live tournament winnings.

The event runs from Dec. 11-15. You can watch the final table livestream at

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