This line up for this year’s $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl was finally completed last week as it was announced that comedian Kevin Hart would be taking the 56th and final spot at the tables.
Plenty of celebrities have been spotted at big live poker tournaments over the years including the likes of Ben Affleck, Tobey Maguire, Michael Phelps, Jason Alexander, Shane Warne, and Matt Damon. A few can even be considered “semi-pro”, such as Jennifer Tilly, Gabe Kaplan, and Shannon Elizabeth – but none of them have reached as deeply into their pockets for the love of the game as readily as Kevin Hart has of late.
Having dropped $200,000 in the Bahamas, and another €200,000 in Monte Carlo at the PokerStars Championship Super High Roller events, another $300k will mean the diminuitive comedian and actor will have parted with just short of $3/4m on just three tournaments this year. Mind you, when you consider that his alleged earnings for last year alone came to an almighty $87,500,000 he may not be overly concerned with a ‘mere’ $3/4m!
Of his participation, Hart said, “I love playing high stakes poker, and there’s no better competition than at the Super High Roller Bowl – the world championship of high stakes poker”
If Hart is to salvage some of his losses at the SHRB he will have to do it the hard way. Although there are a few “business people” in the line-up, none of those are going to be easy money. Winmark Corporation CEO John Morgan, for example, has 20 live tourney wins on his Hendon Mob page, including a high roller win at the Aria, while British hegde fund tycoon Talal Shakerchi went one further and won last year’s SCOOP main event for nearly $1.5m, topping an 824 strong field featuring many of the world’s best players.
As if that wasn’t tough enough, Hart will then have to compete against what amounts to pretty much a “Who’s Who?” of poker royalty including; Daniel Negreanu, Doug “WCGRider” Polk, Jason Mercier, Phil Hellmuth, Ben “Ben86” Tollerene, Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky, Fedor Holz, Bryn Kenney, and too many more too mention!
As well as his recent appearances at the PSC High Rollers and his upcoming Super High Roller Bowl event, Kevin Hart also recently announced that he had struck up a partnership with PokerStars, and that his goal was to, “Make poker fun again”.
We’re still a little sketchy as to how Hart’s involvement with the poker powerhouse will go down, but if footage of his play at the tables during the Bahamas and Monte Carlo events is anything to go by, making poker fun seems well within Hart’s capabilities. As to whether he can make poker profitable (for himself), remains to be seen…
The Super High Roller Bowl kicks of at the Aria in Las Vegas on May 28th, and will be streamed live on Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook Live by Poker Central.