"I Enjoy a Good Gamble": Jonathan Little Makes Super High Roller Bowl Debut
On Monday, the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl VI attracted 19 players (registration is open until the start of Day 2), and only one player was new to the SHRB scene – Jonathan Little.
While everyone else in the field had previously competed in an SHRB event, Little was making his debut in the biggest buy-in tournament he’d ever played.
“I enjoy a good gamble every once in a while,” he told PokerNews. “I appreciate PokerGO and everything they do putting on great events. I’m in town so I might as well play. It is the biggest buy-in I’ve ever played. Before this, I played a few $100Ks. This is the biggest one, so it’d be a good one to win.”
While Little is new to the SHRB, he’s no slouch when it comes to tournament play. He has nearly $7.3 million in lifetime earnings including an impressive World Poker Tour (WPT) résumé. He won both the World Poker Tour's Season VI Mirage Poker Showdown and Season VII Foxwoods World Poker Finals; additionally, he was named the WPT Season VI Player of the Year.
“I study poker about as much as most people who have at this point, and I just make a point to try to study particular opponents because there’s lots of footage on my particular opponents in this game,” he said. “I also try to show up ready to play my best, so well-rested, not hungover, well-fed, you know just want to make sure you’re in good mental shape, and I am in today.”
Little’s discipline and devotion are well-documented given he is one of poker’s premier coaches and most prolific authors. When it comes to training content, few can keep pace with Little and his team at PokerCoaching.com. They’ve cultivated a strong and far-reaching community, which Little rewarded by giving them an SHRB sweat by giving away 1% of his action.
“It was just a straight raffle. We just raffled it off to people who entered. We gave away three $1,000 value pieces, so .333%. We do a lot of giveaways to the PokerCoaching.com community.”
The giveaway winners are… ### https://t.co/47E3BspS2c— Jonathan Little (@JonathanLittle)
The sweat is alive for the winners of the raffle as Little was one of 10 players to bag at the end of Day 1. That said, he faces an uphill battle as he will return for Tuesday’s Day 2 on the short stack with just 56,000.
Finally, PokerNews readers can look forward to future content regarding Little’s SHRB experience. That’s because Little, a frequent strategy contributor to PokerNews (check out his past pieces here), confirmed that he will be reviewing many of the hands in the near future.
“Of course,” he said when asked if he’ll offer some to PokerNews. “I’m writing down all the hands, recording all the hands, so I’m sure I’ll have lots of good stuff after this event.”
Previous Super High Roller Bowl Winners
|2015||Super High Roller Bowl I||$500,000||43||Brian Rast||$7,525,000|
|2016||Super High Roller Bowl II||$300,000||49||Rainer Kempe||$5,000,000|
|2017||Super High Roller Bowl III||$300,000||56||Christoph Vogelsang||$6,000,000|
|2018||Super High Roller Bowl China||HK$2,100,000||75||Justin Bonomo||HK$37,830,000|
|2018||Super High Roller Bowl IV||$300,000||48||Justin Bonomo||$5,000,000|
|2018||Super High Roller Bowl V||$300,000||36||Isaac Haxton||$3,672,000|
|2019||Super High Roller Bowl London||£252,500||12||Cary Katz||£2,100,000|
|2019||Super High Roller Bowl Bahamas||$250,000||51||Daniel Dvoress||$4,080,000|
|2020||Super High Roller Bowl Australia||A$250,000||16||Timothy Adams||A$2,160,000|
|2020||Super High Roller Bowl Russia||$250,000||40||Timothy Adams||$3,600,000|
|2020||Super High Roller Bowl Online||$102,000||50||Justin Bonomo||$1,775,000|
|2021||Super High Roller Bowl Europe||$250,000||41||Wiktor Malinowski||$3,690,000|
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Executive Editor US, PokerNews Podcast co-host & 2013 WSOP Bracelet Winner.