See below. You are now looking at poker’s richest man around the world – Justin Bonomo. With his latest WSOP bracelet win in the Big One for One Drop tournament, this American poker pro catapulted from number 3 to number 1 on the list of all-time earnings from live poker tournaments.
It was Event #78: The Big One for One Drop – $1,000,000 No-Limit Hold’em, the last of the scheduled 78 bracelet events in the 2018 World Series of Poker. It had an unbelievable buy-in of $1 million and hence it saw just 27 entries. Over the course of three days of this event, Justin Bonomo was crowned champion, winning a major share of the $24.48 million prize pool.
When he entered Day 3 with a massive chip lead, it was clear that Bonomo was going to go all out and win this tournament. He began the year with a $1+ million win at the PCA Super High Roller, then won the inaugural Super High Roller Bowl China for $4.8 million, then won the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl in Vegas for $5 million and has now ended the summer with a massive $10 million win for shipping the One Drop tournament.
With this latest win, many things were accomplished by Bonomo. He has nearly $25 million in tournament winnings in 2018 (with a few months still to go), secured his second WSOP bracelet and also left Erik Seidel and Daniel Negreanu behind on the all-time winnings list.
It’s incredible how he wasn’t even in the top 15 at the start of 2018. Negreanu had set out his goals for the year, saying he wants to finish the year at #1, being careful of Seidel. Never would he have imagined that halfway through the year, he would be trailing Bonomo on this list.
“At the end of the day, I feel like for the past year I’ve played absolutely fantastic poker. I’m not going to say I’m the best player in the world but I’m very confident that I’m up there,” said Bonomo after this historic win. He added, “It’s a great privilege but I see it as a great responsibility. It’s more money than I’ve ever played for in my life.”
Let’s move away from Bonomo creating one of the best years for a poker player in tournament history and come back to the One Drop event. The top 5 were paid out a minimum prize of $2 million and Bonomo came back from a chip deficit in heads-up against Germany’s Fedor Holz to win the title. Holz also walked away with a career best prize of $6 million, moving to #4 on the all-time list.
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