Justin Bonomo Becomes Winningest Poker Player Ever
With his win at the WSOP $1 Million Big One for One Drop, Justin Bonomo became first on the list of most lifetime money won playing poker ever.
At $42,666,672, Bonomo passed Daniel Negreanu’s $39,656,197 for the top spot when he won Event #78 at the World Series of Poker. The new world record is something to add to the 32-year-old’s incredible 2018 season, where he’s reached $25 million in winnings, won two bracelets, and shows no signs of stopping.
On his victory and new record:
"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."
The Record Setting Game
The $1 Million Big One for One Drop saw an equally epic final at the Main Event. At the final table, Bonomo bagged the $10 million grand prize against Fedor Holz, Dan Smith, Rick Salomon, Byron Kaverman, and David Einhorn. Einhorn bowed out first, before a huge early hand saw Holz knock out Kaverman and Salomon.
The hand of the day saw Kaverman dealt ace-five, clubs and went all in for $8.025 million out of the gate. Holz (pair 10s) called before Salomon (ace-king, hearts) raised his own all in at $27.45 million. As Holz mulled over his options, Saloman (possibly accidentally) revealed his ace and was ruled to leave it face up. Holz called, and the flop showed ace, king, two, before the turn shows a queen. Salomon was relieved as Holz accepted his fate. The river gave Holz a third ten, turning the table to disbelief.
Holz had control of the game going into the final three following his knockout of Kaverman and Salomon. Bonomo had to play catchup after reaching short stack status, clawing his way back in and eventually busting Smith.
The ensuing duel between Bonomo and Holz continued the recent rival storyline between the two. The two met at the Super High Roller Bowl that saw Bonomo bust Holz. The latter was doomed to the same fate as Bonomo’s ace-jack beat Holz’s ace-four in the final hand.
Reactions and Bonomo's Future
Bonomo promised the bracelet to his father and said he was going to take some time off after a “grueling” grind, but that he would be back to playing soon. "I don't feel that I have anything left to prove to anyone. I'm going to continue what I'm doing: playing tournaments to the best of my ability and studying and getting even better. I'll never be complacent with my poker game."
Bonomo’s $10 million win registers fourth all time in the Big One for One Drop event. Antonio Esfandiari holds the top spot with $18,346,673 in 2012. Dan Colman sits in second at $15,306,668 in 2014, and Elton Tsang in third with €11,111,111 in 2016.
Regarding his new world record, Bonomo had the endorsement of previous record holder Daniel “Kid Poker” Negreanu, who said on twitter:
Probably the best thing for my quality of life is for Justin to pass me today. I’ve been in that spot for the majority of my poker career and it feels like time to stop hanging on to it. Good luck everyone! https://t.co/Zge4cT4C5j— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) July 17, 2018
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