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Video Vault: Super High Roller Fever

A new high-stakes champion was crowned at the PokerStars & Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller, so we decided to take a moment to look at the "Super High Roller." What started out as a unique event, seems to have now become a trend. Four separate events holding buy-ins over the price of $100,000 have already come and gone in the first four months of this year.

The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure held the $100,000 Super High Roller in January, attracting 30 entrants. The winner was the oh-so-mysterious Team PokerStars Pro Vicktor "Isildur1" Blom. This was the only time we have managed to get this man to speak, albeit, in Swedish.

Immediately after the PCA, the poker spotlight headed Down Under to Crown's Aussie Millions, where not one, but two six-figure events were held. Crown took the definition of Super High Roller to a whole new level last year when it first introduced a $250,000 event. At the time, we were pleasantly surprised when 13 entrants were confirmed. Then, on the starting day, that figure continued to shockingly rise, eventually 20 seats were taken in a tournament holding a buy-in worth more than most of our mortgages.

This year, after the poker economy took a little shaking, the amount of entries for that event still reached an incredible 16 players, including a comeback from Phil Ivey, who went on the take the title. Here is how that final table stacked up.

Just last week, the Asian Poker Tour and Resorts World held the largest buy-in tournament ever held in Asia. Last Friday, the HKD$1,000,000 (USD$129,000) buy-in Manila Millions Super High Roller took place at Resorts World Manila’s Genting Club. The event attracted 30 players, and eventually Allan Le took the title. Tatjana Pasalic was there with the video highlights for CalvinAyre.com.

Lastly, as mentioned earlier, the PokerStars & Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller just wrapped up after a lightning-speed final table. Justin Bonomo came in with 40 percent of the chips in play and within three hours, he managed to bulldoze through his opponents to take the title. We caught up with him, Team PokerStars Pros Daniel Negreanu and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier before the final table kicked off.

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