Posts Tagged ‘Justin Bonomo’

Can 2014 November Niner Andoni Larrabe follow in Mortensen’s Footsteps?

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

13 years ago, Carlos Mortensen battled through a field of 613 players to win the 2001 WSOP Main Event and $1.5 million. Mortensen has remained the only Spaniard to win the world’s most prestigious poker tournament, but that could possibly change come this November.

That’s because Basque native Andoni Larrabe is in the 2014 November Nine this year, and he’s actually got a decent shot to win. For starters, Larrabe isn’t doing too badly in the chip count as he’s currently fourth with 22.5 million. This may place him quite a ways behind the current leader, Jorryt van Hoof (38.3 million), but it by no means puts him out of contention.

Another thing that Larrabe has going for him is that he knows what it feels like to be a winner. The 22-year-old navigated through a PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $5k side event and on towards the $218,710 prize. Along the way, he topped a 195-player field and defeated famed pro Justin Bonomo heads-up. Larrabe also lays claim to an 11th place finish in the 2012 EPT Grand Final ($92,418).

Of course, there are some things working against this young player too. For starters, Larrabe has admitted in interviews that he’s been pretty nervous during his deep run in the 2014 WSOP Main Event. And now that he’s officially on the final table, the pressure won’t get any lighter. Plus Larrabe said that he made some definite mistakes en route to his November Nine run. But then again, at least the Spaniard is aware of the mistakes that he’s making. Moreover, we can expect him to be working to fix these leaks over the next 3+ months.

Larrabe will definitely be a fun one to watch when the 9-player final table reconvenes on Novemeber 10th. The first-place prize is worth $10 million while there are several other multi-million dollar payouts available too.

Can Anybody catch George Danzer in 2014 WSOP POY Race?

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

George Danzer wasn’t exactly a nobody before the 2014 World Series of Poker began. In fact, the German had made six WSOP final tables entering the summer. But he also wasn’t on the same fame level as a Daniel Negreanu or even Jeff Lisandro. Perhaps all of that will change, though, since Danzer has picked up two gold bracelets at the 2014 WSOP.

His first came via the Event #18 $10k Razz Championship ($294,792), and his second, more-recent bracelet comes courtesy of the $10k Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo Championship ($353,696). Oh, and we might as well add that the German has also final tabled a $10k 2-7 Limit Triple Draw event ($70,308) and a $10k Six-Handed NLHE tournament ($49,061).

With five cashes overall – and four of them being very high quality – Danzer has jumped to the forefront of the 2014 WSOP Player of the Year race. Here’s a look at the top five point-earners with just over 20 events left:

1. George Danzer – 726.20 points
2. Brandon Shack-Harris – 474.00
3. Justin Bonomo – 413.63
4. Brock Parker – 406.25
5. Richard Ashby – 400.05

As you can see, there’s some clear separation between Danzer and those chasing him. So our question is, can anybody catch the German poker pro at this point? Looking back at the 2012 and ’13 POY races, the simple answer is yes.

Last year, Negreanu was the POY after earning 890.22 points, which is plenty more than Danzer has right now. In the 2012 POY race, Greg Merson racked up 981.13 points on the strength of his Main Event title and another bracelet win. So Danzer is probably going to have to rack up 2-3 more cashes or one more big finish if he wants to secure the POY.

But another thing to account for here is that only the WSOP APAC will run after the Las Vegas series – not the APAC and WSOP Europe. Furthermore, I wouldn’t count on another player like Merson winning the ME and another bracelet in the same year. It’s a pretty rare occurrence and we’re not dealing with 1992 field sizes any more.

In summary, you can expect Danzer to get a little more competition in his quest to win the POY if he goes on a cold streak.

Partouche Poker Tour closing

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Another controversy has struck the Partouche Poker Tour after this organization failed to cover an alleged €5 million guaranteed event. There were 556 participants who bought into the €8,500 tournament in hopes of winning a piece of the €5 million prize pool. However, the actual pool only hit €4.25 million, and the PPT didn’t want to cover the €725k overlay.

Claims were made by PPT chairman Maxime Masquelier that this French Riviera tournament was never supposed to offer a €5 million guarantee. But Justin Bonomo showed some evidence that suggested otherwise when he tweeted:

Good thing I posted screenshots instead of links. @partouchepoker is actively deleting instances of the word guarantee. Very incriminating…If @partouchepoker fixes the prize pool I will forgive. Otherwise I will never play there again and I will keep spreading the word.

Because there has been so much controversy surrounding this debacle, Patrick Partouche decided to close the tournament series indefinitely. Here is his explanation on why:

For forty years I have dedicated my life, my name, my family, to gaming, including poker, my passion. And now I hear that what we do is not enough, is not honest. The Partouche Poker Tour bears my name, that of my family. I will not accept, my staff will not accept, that people can say ‘Partouche are thieves’, ‘Partouche are cheats’. As a result, this week you attended the last edition of the Partouche Poker Tour.

Partouche seems to think that there was no miscommunication on the website, and they had no intention of deceiving players; however, some pro players have provided pictures off the PPT website clearly stating that the money was guaranteed.

There have been really good past events hosted by the Partouche Poker Tour, including last year when Sam Trickett won a €1,000,000 prize in the Season 5 Main Event. Unfortunately, we won’t get to keep seeing these great tournaments since Partouche seems bent on canceling the series.

Justin Bonomo wins Monte Carlo Super High Roller and €1.64m

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Justin Bonomo captured the biggest victory of his already-illustrious poker career after winning the 2012 Monte Carlo Super High Roller along with €1,640,000 ($2,165,217). It’s also worth mentioning that this huge cash vaulted Bonomo to the top of the 2012 money list. It wasn’t easy for “ZeeJustin” to pull all of this off though since he had to battle through a pro-heavy event.

Some of the pros involved included Jonathan Duhamel, Daniel Negreanu, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Phil Ivey and Patrik Antonius. Several of these players managed to make it into the money, but the tournament finale came down to Bonomo and Tobias Reinkemeier.

And despite the fact that Bonomo held a 6-1 chip advantage, Reinkemeier managed to keep things interesting by prolonging the seemingly obvious result. However, ZeeJustin was able to finally finish off the German while holding A-Q(o) against Reinkemeier’s pocket 4’s. Bonomo paired his ace on the board to take the hand along with the win.

With the EPT Monte Carlo Super High Roller title on his resume, Justin Bonomo has now earned $5,067,854 just in live tournaments alone. This doesn’t even include all of the money he’s made in online poker tournaments, online cash games, and live tourneys.

Some of his career highlights include finishing second in a 2008 WSOP $5k NLHE tournament ($230,159), winning a WSOP Circuit Caesars Palace event ($227,692), and finishing second in a 2011 WSOP $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw tournament ($117,305).

Going back to the EPT Monte Carlo Super High Roller, here’s a look at some of the other players who cashed in the event, including the pros we discussed before:

1st – Justin Bonomo, €1.64 million
2nd – Tobias Reinkemeier, €1.06 million
3rd – Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, €621,000
4th – Patrik Antonius, €443,000
5th – Masa Kagawa, €345,500
6th – Daniel Negreanu, €310,000