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WSOP 2018: Justin Bonomo Wins 3rd Bracelet in The Big One for One Drop For $10 Million, Takes Top Spot in All Time Money List

WSOP 2018: Justin Bonomo Wins 3rd Bracelet in The Big One for One Drop For $10 Million
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  • PG News July 18, 2018
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The 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) has finally reached its climax. Over the last eight weeks, the WSOP had treated us railbirds to some of the most dramatic, decisive and entertaining poker action, but with the conclusion of its last event – The Big One for One Drop – $1,000,000 No-Limit Hold’em – 78 winners have been declared with the last WSOP gold bracelet being awarded to former bracelet winner Justin Bonomo (cover image).

The rather fast-paced event saw participation from 27 poker heavyweights that included the likes of David Peters, Antonio Esfandiari, Jake Schindler, Stephen Chidwick, Erik Seidel and Daniel Negreanu. But it was Bonomo who persisted with his trailblazing run from earlier this year and he claimed his second gold bracelet in the 2018 WSOP, bringing his total tally to three, and increasing his WSOP winnings to $13,799,864 with the addition of the whopping first-place purse of $10,000,000. With this, his total live earnings have swelled to a mind-boggling $42,979,591, overtaking six-time bracelet winner Negreanu ($39,656,196) and eight-time bracelet winner Seidel ($34,575,438). Bonomo is now on top of the All Time Money List and this is his 10th tournament title this year!

Talking about the incredible year he has had, Bonomo in the post-event interview said, “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.”

WSOP 2018 Coverage
WSOP 2018 Coverage

Final Table Chip Counts

1. Justin Bonomo – 24,700,000

2. Byron Kaverman – 23,500,000

3. David Einhorn – 20,600,000

4. Rick Salomon – 20,600,000

5. Nick Petrangelo – 15,000,000

6. Fedor Holz – 13,400,000

7. Dan Smith – 9,600,000

8. Phil Ivey – 7,600,000

Final Table Recap

The first two finalists to be eliminated from the eight-handed final table on Day 2 were Phil Ivey and Nick Petrangelo. Ivey’s highly talked about return to the WSOP ended with his eighth-place elimination at the hands of Bonomo, who also dashed Petrangelo’s chase for a third bracelet and was responsible for his departure in seventh place.

Six-Handed Chip Counts

1. Justin Bonomo – 48,950,000

2. Fedor Holz – 22,125,000

3. Dan Smith – 21,450,000

4. Rick Salomon – 19,650,000

5. David Einhorn – 12,300,000

6. Byron Kaverman – 10,525,000

Final Day Recap

On the 64th hand of the final table, David Einhorn raised the button and Bonomo called from the big blind. The flop came , Einhorn raised and Bonomo check-raised all-in. Einhorn opted for a time bank and called tabling as Bonomo turned over for a flopped pair of sevens. The turn and river missed both players and with Einhorn’s sixth-place elimination, the money bubble burst.

One hand later came one of the biggest pots of the event and quite the controversial one as well. Byron Kaverman shoved all in from under-the-gun and German poker prodigy Fedor Holz called from the seat over. Rick Salomon jammed from the big blind and accidentally exposed . After taking four-time extensions, Holz finally called and all three players tabled their cards. Holz had , Kaverman held and Salomon showed . The flop fell and Salomon picked up top two pairs of aces and kings. The turn gave Kaverman the outs for a clubs flush draw and Holz had the possibility of a gutshot straight draw. but on the river , Holz clipped a set of tens and simultaneously eliminated Kaverman and Salomon in fifth and fourth place respectively.

Fedor Holz
Fedor Holz

Finishing in third place was Dan Smith after Bonomo moved all-in from the small blind and received the call from Smith in the big blind. Bonomo was in the lead with against Smith’s . The flop missed both players, but the turn brought Bonomo outs to a broadway straight. The river gave Smith a pair of queens but it also completed Bonomo’s ace-high straight, resulting in Smith`s elimination.

The heads-up play between Fedor Holz (84,300,000) and Justin Bonomo (50,700,000) began with the former in the chip lead. About three hours later, on the 156th hand, Bonomo limped in from the button and Holz shoved all-in for 23.6 Million. Bonomo snap-called and both players tabled their cards with Holz at risk. Bonomo tabled against Holz’ . The flop didn’t affect either player. Holz got additional outs to a straight on the turn but the on the river didn’t favour him and Bonomo’s jack kicker was good enough to win him his second WSOP gold bracelet this year and the colossal first-place prize money worth $10,000,000!

Justin Bonomo
Justin Bonomo

Final Results (USD)

1. Justin Bonomo – $10,000,000

2. Fedor Holz – $6,000,000

3. Dan Smith – $4,000,000

4. Rick Salomon – $2,840,000

5. Byron Kaverman – $2,000,000

WSOP 2018 Coverage
WSOP 2018 Coverage

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