This week, Comedian Kevin Hart has just lost over $300,000 playing high-stakes poker. Despite the tremendous loss, he's still overall fortunate because he can afford it, as last year he had earned $87.5 million, and according to Forbes magazine, Hart was the highest paid comedian of 2016.
Hart must have learned something interesting since playing poker with Bilzerian last year, because earlier this week he felt utterly good enough about his poker skills to sign-up for the $100,000 buy-in and enter the 2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas Super High Roller. Another reason is that maybe he just felt it was okay to join in because he was 2016's highest-earning comedian, even surpassing Jerry Seinfeld, the longtime title holder.
Actually, this is Hart's first ever foray into the world of super high roller events on the live tournament circuit, and he's up against some of the best in the field including Erik Seidel, Jason Mercier, David Peters, and many more.
He dropped two buy-ins in that event for a loss of $200,000 total.
On January 8 (Sunday), he joined in the $5K buy-in PokerStars Championship Bahamas no-limit hold'em main event, and yet once again got eliminated during the course of the starting day.
On January 9 (Monday), he entered his 3rd major event of the week, the $50K buy-in single-day high roller event. He was beaten by Charlie Carrell. After that, Hart used his option to re-enter the event, shoving in another $50K buy-in. Unfortunately, he got beaten again by Christoph Vogelsang, and because the event only offered a single re-entry option, he was eliminated for good.
All in all this week, Hart has now lost $305,000 from buy-ins in poker tournaments. There are still actually many other upcoming high-stakes tournaments on the series' schedule, including the $25K buy-in pot-limit Omaha and no-limit hold'em events.
Table talk comes naturally to Kevin Hart as he started out joking that he was prepared to re-enter 22 times if needed. The mirth continued after that, with many players taking turns playing the "straight man" amid Hart's jokes. For instance, he replied to Daniel Negreanu's topic of food options around the Atlantis saying, "I'm just trying to eat these chips." He jokingly told Dan Shak regarding his rain jacket, "I've got that same coat." At one point, Hart described his opponents as a "bunch of computers", which seemed an appropriate explanation given how relentlessly optimal they all seem to play well at nearly every single hand.
Aside from Kevin Hart, other celebrities who also took part in the PokerStars Championship Bahamas main event include PGA tour golf pro Sergio Garcia and Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul. Paul was having a great start on day 1B of the main event as he managed to knock out three-time World Poker Tour main event champion Chino Rheem, making him one of the early leaders in the field.