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WPT Super High Roller Led by Justin Bonomo

Posted by Andy on May 24, 2012 at 10:53 BST

Justin BonomoJustin Bonomo took control of the World Poker Tour $100,000 Super High Roller event at the Bellagio in practically the last action of the day. Doubling up by cracking Eric Seidel´s pocket Aces when catching a flush on the flop, Bonomo snatched the chip lead from Jean Noel Thorel and Tom Marchese, and heads the 19 players still remaining in the tournament.

WPT Super High Roller Late Registration Extended

However, shortly before the dinner break at the end of level 6, the players voted to extend the late registration and re-buy period until tomorrow – so nobody yet knows how many players will take their chance in the event, how many will re-enter, how much they are playing for or how many places will cash.  The situation is typical of the WPT Finale, and the Bellagio has come under a lot of criticism for the management of the event.

Whether players who busted out on Day 1 decide to stick their hands in their pockets for another $100,000 remains to be seen. Daniel Negreanu – who earlier in the morning released his latest video rant saying how good he felt – has already indicated that his third entry is out of the question (see below to see what happened to his first two entries), but other players eliminated from the Day 1 action may feel differently considering that they will be starting with 400,000 chips and the average chip count is just 673,684.

WPT Super High Roller Snapshot

At the tables, Justin Bonomo started poorly – tweeting that he had already done most of his chip stack against Phil Galfond during the first level – but the dubious honour of “first man out” went to Brazilian Clemenceau Calixto. Daniel Negreanu shortly followed after running AK into the pocket Aces of Dan Shak and was also the fifth player to depart the tournament after re-entering and then calling Phil Galfonds pair of Queens with AQ.

We also lost Jason Mercier (A K♠) to Eric Seidel (K K), Bertrand Grospelier (A J) to Sam Trickett (10♠ 10) and Tom Marchese (cards mucked) to Justin Bonomo (two pairs). It is not known yet whether Bertrand Grospelier is going to re-enter in the morning, but Tom Marchese and Jason Mercier got straight back into the game, with Marchese being the more successful of the two – busting Andrew Robl late in the penultimate level of the day to finish in third place overnight.

Looking Ahead to Day 2 (or Day 1B for Some)

When play starts on Thursday evening, the blinds will be 5,000/10,000 with an ante of 1,000. Ten 1 hour levels are scheduled to be played, but knowing the Bellagio and WPT management – anything can happen! Be sure to follow UK Poker Player for an update!





Justin Bonomo



Jean Noel Thorel



Tom Marchese



Dan Smith



Sam Trickett



Andrew Robl



Bill Klein



Isaac Haxton



Phil Galfond



David Sands