Posts Tagged ‘poker career’

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

Dan Shak’s Condo goes for $7.4m

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Poker pro Dan Shak proved to be recession-proof after selling his lofty New York City condo for $7.4 million. Shak, who bought the home back in 2005 with his ex-wife Beth Shak, originally paid $7.2 million for the property. However, he was somehow able to swing a $200,000 profit while selling it seven years later. Perhaps he did some major upgrades?

The popular reason for Shak selling the condo is that he lost around $7 million in the gold market, and needed a way to make some quick cash. In fact, Shak’s losses caused him to sell off a remaining stake in $850 million worth of future gold contracts, which caused a market scare. This coupled with the aforementioned condo sale had many thinking that he was desperate for money. However, Shak has consistently denied selling his condo to cover gold market losses.

In any case, what is known is that Shak gave his ex-wife $3.25 million when they got divorced in 2008 so that he could keep the property. And one certainly can’t blame Shak for wanting to keep his condo when they look at the pictures. There’s plenty of exquisite decor and excellent terrace views of New York.

As for Shak’s poker career, he’s made over $2.7 million in live tournament cashes, and this includes a victory in the 2010 Aussie Millions Main Event ($1,107,553). In addition to this, he also finished second in the 2011 NAPT Uncasville, which was good for $254,000. In regards to his ex-wife Beth Shak, she hasn’t fared quite so well in the poker world lately, having made only $29,955 in the last two years. Her crowning poker achievement came when she finished second in a 2007 WSOP $3,000 Hold’em event ($328,683); this helped her land a gig as a Full Tilt Poker team member.