Tuesday, July 17, 2018 11:56 PM Local Time
Justin Bonomo Wins $1 Million Big One for One Drop ($10,000,000)
Daniel Negreanu tweeted that it was time for him to stop hanging onto the top spot on the all-time money list. That torch has been passed as Justin Bonomo ascended to the throne with a $10 million win in Event #78: $1 Million Big One for One Drop.
Bonomo now has just under $43 million in cashes, leaving Negreanu ($39,656,197) and Erik Seidel ($34,575,437) in his dust.
Bonomo called it "awesome" to be the top all-time tournament money winner but said the accolade doesn't hold as much meaning to him as his assessment of his own play. And while results in poker can lie, the incredible $25 million — and two bracelets — that Bonomo has acquired in 2018 alone reflect what Bonomo feels has been some of the best play of his decorated career.
"At the end of the day, I feel like for the past year I've played absolutely fantastic poker," he said. "I'm not going to say I'm the best player in the world but I'm very confident that I'm up there."
Official Final Table Results
|1st||Justin Bonomo||United States||$10,000,000|
|3rd||Dan Smith||United States||$4,000,000|
|4th||Rick Salomon||United States||$2,840,000|
|5th||Byron Kaverman||United States||$2,000,000|
Coming into the event, Bonomo said friends had asked him how excited he was to play One Drop, the high roller of high rollers that sees hundreds of thousands of dollars go toward access to clean water for those in need. Bonomo admitted he was anything but, though.
"It's a great privilege but I see it as a great responsibility," he said. "It's more money than I've ever played for in my life."
Befitting that, Bonomo prepared harder and with more focus than he has for any other event. He studied for hours, including the entire day before the tournament started. He studied some more on breaks. He meditated daily.
Coming into the final day, the bubble loomed with six players left but it wouldn't last long despite the monster $2 million difference between going home empty-handed and cashing. Wealthy investor David Einhorn doesn't need to sweat such a bubble like most of the other One Drop participants, so he got his chips in early on when Bonomo check-raised him after flopping top pair of sevens and bricked the turn and river with overcards.
Given that Einhorn donates all of his winnings to charity, Bonomo said he couldn't help feel but a little conflicted when the river card confirming his win came down.
"To be totally honest, I almost feel guilty for knocking David Einhorn," he said. "I will give a lot to charity but I'm not as well off as him to give it all to charity. It's an honor to be part of the money that's donated to One Drop."
Right after that, a huge pot developed when Byron Kaverman shoved for 8 million at 300,000/600,000/600,000. Fedor Holz called, and Rick Salomon reshoved for 26.9 million. Holz found the call button with tens — after Salomon's ace was exposed — and found himself in a good spot against ace-king of hearts held by Salomon and ace-five of clubs shown by Kaverman. The flop brought top two for Salomon but the turn gave Holz a gutter and Kaverman a flush draw. A ten of diamonds river meant a double knockout.
Three-handed poker for millions of dollars commenced between a fitting final three: Bonomo, Holz and fellow high roller Dan Smith.
Holz had surged into the lead and took control of about two-thirds of the total chips. Bonomo, after coming in with a sizable lead, was reduced to the short stack and about 20 big blinds. However, he'd climb back up and bust Smith with king-ten against queen-ten suited in the blinds.
A bit of a rivalry has developed between the two combatants left heads up. Holz, of course, put together arguably the greatest run in the history of tournament poker in 2016 when he won $16 million, the measuring stick by which all recent streaks have been compared and found wanting until Bonomo's binge. Furthermore, Bonomo busted Holz in a much-discussed Super High Roller Bowl hand that contributed greatly to the former's eventual $5 million victory.
"I enjoyed seeing the tweets," Bonomo said with a laugh. "They wanted to see the true heat test: who is the luckier player, myself or Fedor?
"Almost everyone out there respects the game of both myself and Fedor. I certainly respect his game a great deal. It definitely felt like a storybook ending playing against Fedor with him starting with the chip lead and having to grind my way back."
After Bonomo won a flip to find some footing heads up, the key pot developed as Bonomo three-bet the eight-four of diamonds and turned two pair. He checked after betting the flop and Holz barreled off with a king-high airball, with Bonomo snap-calling the river to double into a big lead.
Holz got it in behind twice and scored lucky doubles, but third time was the charm for Bonomo when ace-jack was superior to Holz's ace-four.
Bonomo said he felt a combination of disbelief and happiness after the final card hit the felt. The latter is understandable but given the phenomenal run he's put together, he may be the only one on earth who felt the former.
He doesn't plan to give his opponents any reprieve, either. After some much-needed time off after what he called a "grueling" grind in recent months, Bonomo plans to get right back to business as usual.
"I don't feel that I have anything left to prove to anyone," he said. "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."
For now, he can put away the emotion-less gaze he wears at the felt and enjoy $10 million and the title of winningest player in poker tournament history.
He dedicated the win and promised the bracelet to his father after years of giving all of his trophies to his mother, and he's ready to relax and enjoy a night out with the dozens of people who cheered him to victory.
"I'm so looking forward to partying with all of these people that I love so much tonight," he said.
Big One for One Drop Winners
|2012||Antonio Esfandiari||United States||$18,346,673||48||$42,666,672|
|2014||Dan Colman||United States||$15,306,668||42||$37,333,338|
|2016||Elton Tsang||Hong Kong||€11,111,111||28||€24,888,892|
|2018||Justin Bonomo||United States||$10,000,000||27||$24,840,000|
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 10:51 PM Local Time
Fedor Holz Eliminated in 2nd Place ($6,000,000)
Hand #156: Justin Bonomo limped in on the button and Fedor Holz shipped all in for 23.6 million. Bonomo quickly called and the cards were on their backs with Holz's tournament life on the line.
Bonomo was in a dominating position heading to the flop of . The turn was the and Holz picked up some straight outs to go with his one live card. The dealer burned and turned the on the river and Bonomo held on to eliminate Holz in second place. Holz will still take home $6,000,000 for his efforts today.
|Justin Bonomo||135,000,000||24,800,000 |
|Fedor Holz||0||-24,800,000 |
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 10:45 PM Local Time
Hands #153-155: Holz on 20 Big Blinds
Hand #153: Fedor Holz limped in and Justin Bonomo checked. The flop went check, check, and the appeared on the turn. Bonomo bet 2.4 million and Holz called to see the on the river. Bonomo's bet of 6 million was called and he rolled over the for top pair, Holz had the equally strong and they chopped it up.
Hand #154: Bonomo limped and Holz checked, the flop came . Holz checked over to Bonomo, who checked behind, and the followed on the turn. Holz bet 5 million and Bonomo released his cards.
Hand #155: Holz opened the action with a raise to 3.1 million and Bonomo called. The flop was the and they checked it over to the turn. Bonomo bet 5.5 million and Holz called, the river completed the board. Bonomo now made it 11 million to go and Holz folded to drop back to 20 big blinds.
|Justin Bonomo||110,200,000||6,800,000 |
|Fedor Holz||24,800,000||-6,800,000 |
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 10:38 PM Local Time
Hands #148-152: Small Chip Change
Hand #148: Justin Bonomo limped in on the button and Fedor Holz checked his big blind. The flop came and both players checked to the on the turn. Holz checked again and Bonomo bet 1.2 million which got a fold from Holz.
Hand #149: Holz raised to 3.1 million on the button and Bonomo defended from the big blind. On a flop of , Bonomo check-folded to a bet of 4.2 million from Holz.
Hand #150: Bonomo just called on the button and Holz raised it up to 6.2 million. Bonomo laid his hand down and Holz pulled in the pot.
Hand #151: Holz opened to 3.1 million and Bonomo called to see a flop of . Both players checked and the landed on the turn. Bonomo checked again and Holz checked back. The river brought the and Bonomo led out for 10 million. Holz dumped his cards to the muck and Bonomo collected the chips.
Hand #152: Bonomo just called on the button and Holz checked his option. The flop fell and Bonomo took down the pot with a bet of 1.2 million.
|Justin Bonomo||103,400,000||2,400,000 |
|Fedor Holz||31,600,000||-2,400,000 |
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 10:30 PM Local Time
Hands #146-147: Holz Doubles Again
Hand #146: Justin Bonomo limped in and folded to a jam by Fedor Holz.
Hand #147: Holz shoved for 16.4 million and Bonomo quickly called.
Holz improved to a pair of jacks on the flop, and the turn and river runout let Holz double to remain in contention.
|Justin Bonomo||101,000,000||-12,200,000 |
|Fedor Holz||34,000,000||12,200,000 |
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 10:25 PM Local Time
Level 22 started
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 10:14 PM Local Time
Hand #145: Break Time
Hand #145: Holz raised to 2.8 million and Bonomo moved all in to force a fold.
Players are now on break for 10 minutes.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 10:13 PM Local Time
Hands #140-144: Holz Gets Short then Doubles Up
Hand #140: Justin Bonomo raised all in on the button and Fedor Holz folded his big blind.
Hand #142: Holz limped in and Bonomo opted to check his big blind as the flop came . Bonomo check-called a bet of 1 million from Holz and the hit the turn.
Bonomo checked again and Holz fired in a bet of 2.6 million. Bonomo still called and the completed the board. Bonomo checked for the third time and Holz checked back. Bonomo tabled for a flush and Holz sent his cards to the muck.
Hand #143: Bonomo shoved all in on the button and Holz threw his cards away.
Hand #144: Holz shipped all in for 10.4 million on the button and Bonomo quickly made the call, putting Holz at risk.
Bonomo was slightly in the lead but Holz held two live cards. The flop came and Bonomo still held the lead. The turn brought the and Holz paired his queen to jump out front. The river was the and Holz held on for a full double up.
|Justin Bonomo||113,200,000||-2,800,000 |
|Fedor Holz||21,800,000||2,800,000 |
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 10:06 PM Local Time
Hands #136-139: River Value for Bonomo
Hand #136: Justin Bonomo limped in and Fedor Holz moved all in for 23.6 million out of the big blind. Bonomo asked for a count and tossed his cards into the muck.
Hand #137: Holz raised to 2.6 million and Bonomo folded.
Hand #138: Bonomo limped once more and Holz's raise to 5 million forced a fold from Bonomo.
Hand #139: Another raise to 2.6 million by Holz was called by Bonomo. The flop came and went check, check. On the turn, no betting action took place and that brought the river. Bonomo bet 7 million and Holz called, then mucked as soon as Bonomo had turned over the for a pair of jacks as winning hand.
|Justin Bonomo||116,000,000||5,600,000 |
|Fedor Holz||19,000,000||-5,600,000 |
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 10:00 PM Local Time
Hands #131-135: Bonomo Picks Off a Huge Bluff to Double
Hand #131: Fedor Holz made it 2.8 million and Justin Bonomo called, bringing . They checked and the arrived. Bonomo bet 2.2 million and Holz called. The river was the and Bonomo fired 3 million. Holz made it 12 million. Bonomo called.
The shown down by Holz was a winner.
Hand #132: Bonomo completed and Holz checked. Holz bet 6 million on after a couple of checks and Bonomo continued, bringing the . Holz checked and Bonomo bet 12 million. Holz sent his cards to the dealer.
Hand #133: Holz opened for 2.8 million and won the pot.
Hand #134: Bonomo raised to 2.5 million and won.
Hand #135: Holz opened for 2.8 million and Bonomo made it 9.5 million. Holz stuck around and they saw . Bonomo bet 5 million and Holz called. On the turn, Bonomo checked and Holz bet 11.5 million. Bonomo called, swelling the pot to 53 million. The arrived and Bonomo checked. Holz shoved all in and Bonomo instantly called.
Holz was forced to show his for an airball and Bonomo took it with for eights up.
|Justin Bonomo||110,400,000||44,700,000 |
|Fedor Holz||24,600,000||-44,700,000 |
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 9:45 PM Local Time
Hands #126-130: Bonomo Evens It Up
Hand #126: Justin Bonomo raised to 2.5 million on the button and Fedor Holz folded his big blind.
Hand #127: Holz limped in on the button and Bonomo bumped it up to 5.5 million. Holz sent his cards to the muck and Bonomo took down another pot.
Hand #128: Bonomo just called on the button and Holz made it 5 million this time. Bonomo folded and Holz earned the pot.
Hand #129: Holz raised it up to 2.8 million and Bonomo made the call. The flop fell and Bonomo checked to Holz who continued for 4.6 million. Bonomo called and the landed on the turn. Bonomo checked again and Holz fired another 11.5 million. Bonomo instantly folded and the pot was pushed towards Holz.
Hand #130: Bonomo opened to 2.5 million and Holz called to see a flop of . Holz checked and Bonomo tossed in a bet of 2 million. Holz check-raised to 10.5 million only to have Bonomo shove all in for 49.2 million. Holz quickly threw his cards away and Bonomo evened up the match.
|Fedor Holz||69,300,000||-7,600,000 |
|Justin Bonomo||65,700,000||7,600,000 |
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 9:37 PM Local Time
Hands #121-125: Bonomo Jams Into Holz
Hand #121: Fedor Holz raised to 2.8 million and Justin Bonomo three-bet all in for 45.6 million. Holz asked for a count and sent his cards into the muck.
Hand #122: Bonomo raised to 2.5 million and Holz three-bet to 9.5 million, Bonomo called. On a flop of , Holz continued with a bet of 8.5 million and Bonomo moved all in for 39.9 million to force a fold from Holz.
Hand #123: Holz limped the small blind and Bonomo checked the big blind to see a flop of . Bonomo checked and a bet of 2.2 million by Holz won the pot.
Hand #124: Bonomo's limp from the small blind was followed by a raise to 4.5 million by Holz and Bonomo came along. The flop brought a bet of 5 million by Holz, who dragged in the pot without further resistance.
Hand #125: Holz raised it up to 2.8 million and Bonomo called, the flop came . Bonomo checked and Holz checked back. On the turn, Bonomo checked again and Holz bet 4.6 million to claim the pot right there.
|Fedor Holz||76,900,000||-11,500,000 |
|Justin Bonomo||58,100,000||11,500,000 |
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 9:24 PM Local Time
Hands #116-120: Holz Gets a Bit Back
Hand #116: Justin Bonomo opened for 2.5 million and Fedor Holz called. Holz check-folded on the flop.
Hand #117: Holz opened for 2.8 million and took it down.
Hand #118: Bonomo made it 2.5 million and Holz called, bringing a flop. Two checks later, a hit. They checked again and the hit. Holz bet 8.5 million and Bonomo released.
Hand #119: Holz raised to 2.8 million and Bonomo called. They checked the flop and turn for a board of . Bonomo checked, Holz bet 8.5 million and Bonomo mucked.
Hand #120: Bonomo completed and Holz checked. Holz check-called 1 million on . They checked the and the hit. Holz checked a final time and Bonomo checked as well. The of Holz took it down.
|Fedor Holz||88,400,000||6,800,000 |
|Justin Bonomo||46,600,000||-6,800,000 |
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 9:16 PM Local Time
Hands #114-115: Bonomo Doubles Through Holz
Hand #114: Justin Bonomo limped in on the button and Fedor Holz checked the big blind. The flop came and Holz checked to Bonomo who bet 1 million. Holz made the call and the landed on the turn.
Holz checked again and Bonomo fired another 1.5 million. Holz stuck around to see the on the river and then led out for 4.5 million. Bonomo quickly called and Holz turned over for a straight to take the pot.
Hand #115: Holz made it 2.8 million on the button and Bonomo jammed all in for 26.2 million. Holz asked for a count and then made the call, putting Bonomo at risk.
It was a coin flip for all of the glory and the flop came . Holz was still in the lead with his pair of fours but the on the turn gave Bonomo a pair of aces. The on the river secured Bonomo a full double up to put himself back in the match.
|Fedor Holz||81,600,000||-18,200,000 |
|Justin Bonomo||53,400,000||18,200,000 |
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 9:09 PM Local Time
Level 21 started
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 9:08 PM Local Time
Hands #112-113: Holz off to a Booming Start
Hand #112: Justin Bonomo completed and Fedor Holz checked. Holz bet 2.5 million on after they checked the flop. Bonomo continued and the arrived. Holz overbet the pot with 9 million and Bonomo called.
Holz showed and took it with fives full.
Hand #113: Holz raised to 2.4 million and Bonomo called. They checked the board to the river and Bonomo showed . His pair had been beaten on the river by .
|Fedor Holz||99,800,000||15,500,000 |
|Justin Bonomo||35,200,000||-15,500,000 |
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 8:58 PM Local Time
Dan Smith Eliminated in 3rd Place ($4,000,000)
Hand #111: Justin Bonomo moved all in from the small blind and Dan Smith called for 12.5 million out of the big blind.
The flop fell and Smith failed to pick up additional outs just yet. That changed on the turn. It wasn't meant to be for Smith, however, as the river improved Bonomo to the nut straight and sent Smith to the rail in third place for $4 million.
Fedor Holz will enter heads-up play with a solid lead over Bonomo and both players are heading into a short break before the action gets back underway to determine the Big One for One Drop champion.
|Fedor Holz||84,300,000||0 |
|Justin Bonomo||50,700,000||13,300,000 |
|Dan Smith||0||-13,300,000 |
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 8:52 PM Local Time
Hands #108-110: Holz Sends Smith Below 20 Big Blinds
Hand #108: Justin Bonomo raised to 2.2 million in the small blind and Dan Smith in the big blind sent his cards into the muck.
Hand #109: Smith limped the small blind the next hand and Fedor Holz checked from the big blind. The flop came and Smith checked, Holz bet 800,000 and Smith called to see the on the turn. A check by Smith followed and Holz made it 2.7 million to go, Smith called with 13.3 million behind.
On the river, Smith checked the third street in a row and Holz fired a bet of 9.5 million. That ended up winning the pot without showdown, and Smith dropped all the way to 16 big blinds.
Hand #110: Holz raised it up to 2.3 million from the small blind, Bonomo folded in the big blind.
|Fedor Holz||84,300,000||5,900,000 |
|Justin Bonomo||37,400,000||0 |
|Dan Smith||13,300,000||-5,900,000 |
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 8:45 PM Local Time
Hands #104-107: Bonomo Bombs the River
Hand #104: Fedor Holz limped in from the small blind and Justin Bonomo checked the big blind. They saw a flop of and Holz led out for 1.4 million. Bonomo called and the landed on the turn.
Holz checked this time and Bonomo slid in a bet of 1.5 million. Holz called and the hit the river. Holz checked again and Bonomo unleashed the cannon with a bet of 11 million. Holz made the call and Bonomo flipped over for two pair. Holz couldn't beat it and Bonomo dragged in a crucial pot.
Hand #105: Holz opened to 1.7 million on the button and Bonomo called from the small blind. The flop came and both players checked to the on the turn and the on the river. Bonomo led out for 6 million and Holz quickly disposed of his cards.
Hand #106: Bonomo raised to 1.6 million from the button and Fedor Holz three-bet to 6 million in the big blind. Bonomo instantly folded and Holz collected the pot.
Hand #107: Holz just called from the small blind and Bonomo checked his option. The flop fell and Holz tossed in a bet of 1.3 million. Bonomo called and the rolled off on the turn. Holz fired another 3.5 million but Bonomo still called to see the on the river.
Holz reached back for a bet of 6.5 million and Bonomo finally relinquished his cards, sending the pot to Holz.
|Fedor Holz||78,400,000||-8,000,000 |
|Justin Bonomo||37,400,000||10,000,000 |
|Dan Smith||19,200,000||-2,000,000 |
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 8:29 PM Local Time
Hands #101-103: Bonomo Shoves River
Hand #101: Fedor Holz moved all in from the small blind and Justin Bonomo folded.
Hand #102: Holz opened for 1.7 million on the button and Dan Smith defended big blind. Smith checked and Holz bet 1 million on the flop. Smith peeled and the hit. Holz bet 4.2 million this time. He won the pot.
Hand #103: Bonomo opened for 1.6 million on the button. Holz defended big blind and flopped. They checked, bringing the . Holz bet out 3.6 million and Bonomo called. On the river, Holz checked. Bonomo shoved all in for 15.7 million. Holz released.
|Fedor Holz||86,400,000||-500,000 |
|Justin Bonomo||27,400,000||4,400,000 |
|Dan Smith||21,200,000||-3,900,000 |