US poker pro Justin Bonomo (32) is $4.8 million dollars wealthier this week after winning the inaugural $271,115 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl China in Macau – his biggest pay day yet, bringing his live career earnings to over $25 million..
Bonomo bested a field of 75 that included many of the world’s top players and generated a prize pool of $18,542,370.
The US pro dominated play, heading the chip stacks when the final table formed, with Finnish poker ace Patrik Antonius his closest rival…and that’s how things stood when the heads up stage was reached, with Antonius still chasing the American through to the final all-in on a massive 17 million-chip pot that Bonomo won, sending Antonius home with his biggest yet pay day of $3,152,434.
Other final table cashes included:
Rainer Kempe $2,039,806
Dominik Nitsche $1,668,932
Bryn Kenney $1,483,495
Stephen Chidwick $1,298,058
David Peters $1,112,621
The next Super High Roller Bowl takes place at the Aria in Las Vegas at the end of May this year and is already attracting competition for the limited number of entries envisaged. A lottery to draw players was well subscribed by a slew of international poker professional players this week interested in playing in the $300,000 buy-in event, with 61 players already depositing $30,000 each to enter the lottery for seats.