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Super High Rollers: A Look At The Tournament Poker Trend That Has Changed The Game

by Erik Fast |  Published: May 14, 2014


In 2008 there was only one poker tournament on the poker circuit that boasted a buy-in of $100,000 or more. Just five years later there were 12 six-figure buy-in “super high-roller” events that were open to the public. Those 12 events combined to award just north of $67.5 million in prize money, roughly $8 million more than the World Series of Poker main event paid out in that same year. Despite an international economic recession and the crushing effects of poker’s Black Friday in 2011, super high-roller events have flourished these past years and now take place throughout the year and around the globe — from America to Africa, Macau to Monte Carlo, the Caribbean to the Philippines and of course in the United States. Many of the six-figure buy-in events have seen steady growth. For example, the inaugural PokerStars Caribbean Adventure super high-roller attracted 38 entrants, while the 2013 ...

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