Event #11: $1,500 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em
Justin Bonomo finally achieved the recognition he has worked for by winning his first WSOP bracelet.
He came close in Event #5 with a second place finish in a field of 120, but winning Event #11 required him to work his way through a much larger field.
The 1,587 entries produced a prize pool of $2.1 million and a first place prize of almost $450,000.
Bonomo took the win after a heads up contest against Mike Sowers who was also looking for his first bracelet.
Sowers started the heads up phase with the chip lead, but after nineteen hands Bonomo drew level.
Sowers’ stack was devastated when Bonomo rivered a wheel straight, besting Sowers’ flopped two pair.
Although he managed to double up a few times before the end, his position was almost irrecoverable. Justin Bonomo could hardly believe it when he finally got the win.
With his $450k winnings plus $220k for second place in the 2-7 Triple Draw event, the 2014 WSOP has already proved to be a profitable world series for Bonomo.
Events Still Running
Event #12: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em
Eight players remain with Gregory Kolo the chip leader when play resumes today.
The 557 starters included Phil Ivey, who managed to make the money but failed to get much deeper.
The first exit from the final table was Phil Collins, who had the bad luck to hold queens against Kolo’s K-K. A third king on the flop ended all hope.
The money bubble burst while hand for hand play was in progress, so two players shared the 63rd place payout, getting $2.4k each.
Event #13: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship
A brutal final table line up faces chip leader Paul Volpe in the $10k 2-7 Draw championship event—he’s the only player left who hasn’t already won a WSOP bracelet.
His six remaining opponents are Jason Mercier (469,000), Daniel Negreanu (426,000), Brian Rast (390,000), Larry Wright (203,000), John Monnette (169,000) and Abe Mosseri (162,000).
Volpe goes into the day with a solid chip stack of 783,00 chips, but even so that field is about as tough as it gets.
As chip leaders at the beginning of the day, Jennifer Harman and John Juanda both failed to survive to the final table.
Although full of big names, the event mustered a comparatively small field of 87. First place money will be slightly over $250k.
Event #14: $1,500 Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better
The first Limit Omaha event of this year’s series went comfortably past the 1,000 player mark. 220 players remain from the opening field of 1,036.
Poker super stars still in with a shot include Phil Ivey, Eric Seidel and Greg Raymer.