$25,000 Super High Roller Bowl Fantasy Draft Day 1 Update
6 world-class professional poker players. 6 draft rounds. $150,000 on the line.
You would think that just watching an event as big as the $300k Super High Roller Bowl would be enough. Pro poker players Daniel Negreanu, Dan Smith, Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald, Patrick Lennard, Kristen Bicknell and Johannes Becker have decided to up the stakes, each putting $25,000 on the line.
Each contestant picked one Super High Roller Bowl contestant from the known field of 48 at the time of the draft. The result? 6 powerhouse teams consisting of some of the most elite names in the game. Day 1 of the Super High Roller was full of action, with only 31 of the original 48 players remaining. Day 2 will be a huge factor in determining who walks away from this high stakes side bet with all the cash. Let’s take a look at how these teams are looking after Day 1.
Mike McDonald is a young poker pro from Waterloo, Canada, who boasts over $3,000,000 in online winnings alone. While he has achieved great success over the course of his career, the same cannot be said for his 25k Fantasy team. McDonald has only Nick Petrangelo left after day 1 of the Super High Roller Bowl.
His third round draft pick Brian Rast was the first player eliminated from the tournament, followed shortly by sixth round pick Erik Seidel. Christian Christner, Doug Polk and David Peters busted back to back shortly after, leaving Mike McDonald with just one pick, MTT genius and first round draft pick Nick Petrangelo to contend for the Super High Roller Bowl Title. Petrangelo ended Day 1 with a healthy stack of 564,000, and is certainly a strong contender heading into Day 2.
Partypoker Ambassador Patrick Lennard has been an online poker pro for many years, and has found great success both on and off the felt, founding bitB Staking as well as pursuing other business ventures within the world of poker. Day 1 was certainly a promising day for Team Lennard, losing only one player (third round pick Ben Tollerene) during the first 12 hours of contention.
First round pick Mikita ‘Fish2013’ Badziakouski enters Day 2 with just above the 300k starting stack, while second round pick Fedor Holz leads Lennard’s team with around 520k. With 5/6 players still in contention after Day 1, Team Lennard is alive and well heading into the second day of the Super High Roller Bowl.
28 year old German poker pro Johannes Becker has just under $2,000,000 in live tournament earnings alone, and had his most recent cash in February of 2018, taking down the Super High Roller at the partypoker MILLIONS tournament in Rozvadov, for a cool $392,000. His 25k Fantasy Team sits with 4/6 players still remaining. Fourth round pick Andreas Eiler was the fourth player eliminated, busting out live on the day 1 feature table.
Igor Kurganov busted out near the end of Day 1, after a couple of high variance decisions left him with just 17k in chips. Third round draft pick Dan Smith is the sole big stack on Becker’s team, sitting comfortably with 500k in chips going into day two. The rest of the team has below starting stack and will be looking to regain some chips during the second day of play.
Canadian poker pro Kirsten Bicknell is the sole woman in this 25k Fantasy challenge, and her team has been perhaps the most polarizing of them all. Bicknell’s first round pick Stephan Chidwick is fourth in the tournament in chips, sitting with 888k heading into day two.
Meanwhile, sixth round selection DanielNegreanu is currently sitting on a MASSIVE stack following Day 1 action, and is first in chips with 1.6 million! Talk about a sixth round steal for Bicknell.
Third round pick Rainer Kempe and fifth round pick Kahle Burns sit with just over 150k apiece, and will be looking to run up their stacks on Day 2. Fourth round selection Sean Winters did not compete in the tournament, and second rounder Tom Marchese busted on Day 1. Bicknell has two of the Day 1 chipleaders on her team, and should be feeling pretty confident heading into the second day of the #SHRB.
Dan Smith really should need no introduction, since he is playing in the Super High Roller Bowl himself! He has a healthy stack heading into Day 2, much to the delight of Johannes Becker, who drafted him in the third round. Smith’s team has lost two players to Day 1 action, with Isaac Haxton and Andrew ‘Lucky Chewie’ Lichtenberger busting on Day 1. Third round pick Jason Koon is currently second in chips with 986k, and Smith’s first round pick Justin Bonomo has a very healthy stack of 675k. Fourth rounder Koray Aldemir will be looking for some help on Day 2 as he comes in as the shortest stack left in the tournament.
Daniel ‘Kid Poker’ Negreanu is currently chip‐leading the tournament.. so it is questionable as to how much he even cares about his 25k Fantasy team! While Negreanu is certainly making Kirsten Bicknell giddy about her sixth round selection, his own team is looking quite healthy following Day 1 action. 5/6 players remain for Team Negreanu, with only second rounder Adrian Mateos busting on Day 1.
Bryn Kenney capitalized on his relatively soft Day 1 table draw by building up a formidable 850k stack. Meanwhile, Super High Roller Bowl newbie Seth Davies sits as the seventh biggest chip‐stack in the tournament, with 738k in chips. Jake Schindler, Byron Kaverman and Keith Tilston all have very manageable stack sizes post Day 1, which means that Team Negreanu should be very formidable during the second day of action.
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