Between all of the WSOP, WPT, and HPT events we’ve been to (not to mention Dream Team, charity, and home games), many poker memories just run together now.
One that still does stick is Justin Bonomo just missing out on his first bracelet.
It was the 2008 WSOP. Entities Brian and Colin were doing PR for Bodog, which sponsored Bonomo at the time. Bonomo, still a spritely* 22 year-old, was playing Erick Lindgren, a friend of Chops.
The Entities sweat the final table to varying degrees for varying amounts of time. Lindgren eventually won, claiming HIS first bracelet en route to eventual Player of the Year honors. After the final card fell, he walked up to Bonomo and said something to the effect of (paraphrasing), “You’re the future, you’re going to win a lot of these.”
That was 7 (!!!) years ago. On Wednesday, just a week after finishing second to Tuan Le in $10,000 2-7 Limit Lowball event, Bonomo broke through and claimed his first bracelet.
For the win, Bonomo banks $449,980. He defeated Mike Sowers ($278,518) heads-up for the title.
Perhaps this is the start of Bonomo’s run to Player of the Year honors, just like Lindgren in 2008.
Get a full recap here.
In other news…
:: Event #13 ($10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball) – This is the event of the day, maybe the final table of the entire Series. All eyes will be on Daniel Negreanu as he tries to capture bracelet #7. Negreanu goes into final table play stacked third overall with 426,000. He trails Paul Volpe (783,000) and Jason Mercier (469,000). Holy shit that’s a solid top 3. If that’s not murderer’s rowy enough, Brian Rast is fourth overall (390,000), John Monnette sixth (169,000), and Abe Mosseri seventh (162,000). The 2014 WSOP needs to drop the mic and walk off the stage after this final table, it’s not going to be topped. Get updates starting at 2pm PT here.
:: Event #14 ($1,500 Limit Omaha 8oB) – A total of 1,036 entered and 220 remain. First will pay $283,275. Plenty of big names among the big stacks, including Phil Ivey, who built up a stack after busting deep in the Pot Limit Hold’em event. Get full chip counts here.
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