Justin Bonomo Wins Big One for One Drop 2018

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The 32-year old poker professional Justin Bonomo has won this year’s Big One for One Drop with its $10,000,000 first-place prize.  SCROLL DOWN FOR MORE

Even before this event, Bonomo had already had $14,945,425 in recorded earnings in 2018, and nine victories in events with a buyin of at least $10,000. One of those victories was the $10,000 Heads-Up championship here at the WSOP, for which he earned $185,965 and his second career bracelet. Now, after this win, he had $42,979,593 in lifetime earnings, which moves him to the top spot on the all-time list, ahead of legends of the game like Daniel Negreanu and Erik Seidel. His 2018 earnings alone (now totaling $24,945,425) would be enough for ninth on the all-time list.

“Being number one on the all-time money list is sweet,” he said after the tournament, with just a bit of hesitation as he formulated his thought. “It’s awesome. It feels good. But to be honest, I understand that that is not the measure of who a great player is. At the end of the day, I feel like this past year I’ve played fantastic poker. … And that’s something I can be very proud of. I’m not going to say I’m the best player in the world, but I’m very confident that I’m up there and I’m very proud of what I’ve done.”

On Day 2, the field was reduced to the final six players. Negreanu and Ivey were among the casualties. And when Nick Petrangelo – who won his second career bracelet in the $100,000 high roller event earlier this summer – was eliminated in seventh place, the TV table was set:

Seat 1 – Rick Salomon – 19,650,000
Seat 2 – Byron Kaverman – 10,525,000
Seat 3 – David Einhorn – 12,300,000
Seat 4 – Fedor Holz – 22,125,000
Seat 5 – Justin Bonomo – 48,950,000
Seat 6 – Dan Smith – 21,450,000