Bonomo Leads WPT Championship Super High Roller
Justin Bonomo’s run of good form in High Roller events continued on the first day of the WPT Championship Super High Roller as he ended up as chip leader, with more than 1.4 million chips in the bag at the close. Bonomo recently won the EPT Super High Roller in Monte Carlo and followed that up by grabbing fourth position in the High Roller event at the same series.
Bonomo had a big slice of fortune on his way to the lead, managing to outdraw Erik Seidel’s pocket aces with his AK in a pre-flop all-in. Seidel still managed to get through the day, but he will return as one of the shortest stacks.
Two other players managed to break the million chip mark, with Jean Noel Thorel finishing on 1.214 million while re-entrant Tom Marchese closed with 1.076 million to his name. Unsurprisingly, the field is still full of big name players, with Sam Trickett, David Sands, Andrew Robl (on his second buy-in), Isaac Haxton and Phil Galfond all boasting reasonable stacks for Day 2. Joining Seidel in the short-stacked category are players of the calibre of John Juanda, Jason Mercier and Brian Hastings. Those hitting the rail who have not bought back in (so far at least) include Bertrand Grospellier, Galen Hall and Daniel Negreanu, who had two cracks at the tournament, and claimed on Twitter that he would not be having a third.
A total of thirty-two entrants appeared for the first day, with nineteen still alive by the close, but with registration remaining open into the early part of Day 2, no prizepool or payouts figures are yet available, although with the buy-in at an eye-watering $100,000, it is more than likely that the winner will be taking home in excess of a million dollars.
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