With the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl only a couple of weeks away, Poker Central – through their streaming outlet PokerGO – is airing a new documentary filmed in partnership with CakeWorks.
The seven-part series is called “INSIDERS: Super High Roller Bowl 2018” and focuses on three participants in this year’s festivities at ARIA in Las Vegas. The show will give a behind the scenes look at all-time leading money winner Daniel Negreanu, Brandon Adams and Seth Davies as they make their preparations for one of the biggest buy-in events in tournament poker. The promise is that viewers will see a side of the players that isn’t normally known to the fans.
“We wanted to give our fans a new perspective on poker – an inside look at the training it takes for these high stakes players to be at the top of their game,” said Sam Simmons, the vice president of content at Poker Central. “We look forward to highlighting the intense preparation that Daniel, Brandon and Seth undergo in their own unique ways leading up to and throughout the Super High Roller Bowl.”
Produced in partnership with CakeWorks, the series premiered on May 10 and will be aired up to and including the play of this year’s tournament. CakeWorks and the producer of the series, Emmy winner Jesse Cook, have had experience with this type of show before, having worked on the Showtime series “All Access” that has focused on teams and “big moment” events such as college football, boxing (the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor series was one of its most popular) and hockey (the Stanley Cup playoffs).
“We’re delighted to debut this intimate series on PokerGO with our long-time partners at Poker Central,” said Rebecca Paoletti, the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of CakeWorks, stated during the announcement of the program. “Poker Central’s extraordinary access gave us the ability to go beyond the tournament and peek inside secret poker worlds, both on and off the felt.”
The three players chosen for the show should appeal to the poker community as a whole and to the North American poker fans especially. There isn’t much that can be said about Negreanu that hasn’t already been said, with the six World Series of Poker bracelets, two World Poker Tour titles and over $36.5 million in tournament poker winnings in his career. Those accolades led to his induction into the Poker Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2014.
While not nearly as decorated as Negreanu, Adams and Davies have earned their stripes in the rugged tournament poker arena. Adams has racked up over $3.1 million in career earnings, including a victory in the 2017 Poker Masters series, but he is also known as one of the best cash game players in the business. Davies has almost $2 million in earnings and a major tournament championship in the 2016 WPT Canadian Spring Championship on his resume.
Negreanu has been on the roster of players every year that the Super High Roller Bowl has been played (four). For Adams and Davies, this will be their first visit to the $300,000 buy-in tournament, something that should be of interest to INSIDERS viewers.
The 2018 Super High Roller Bowl will take place May 27-30, with 48 players heading to the felt. Currently 45 of those players are known, with the remainder of the field to be filled out by a satellite event at ARIA and two more “wild card” choices by ARIA and Poker Central. With the $300,000 buy-in, a prize pool in excess of $14 million is guaranteed and the victor will walk away with a $5 million first place prize. The entirety of the action will be broadcast on PokerGO, the streaming channel for Poker Central and the home of the SHRB since its inception.