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Bonomo Soars to WPT Super High Roller Lead
Online poker pro Justin Bonomo cruised to the chip lead on Day 1 of the 2012 WPT World Championship Super High Roller.
Bonomo ended with 1.4 million chips and will be looking to add another Super High Roller title to the one he recently took down for €1.6 million at the EPT Grand Final.
Registration in the WPT World Championship Super High Roller remains open until just before the 1 p.m. start on Day 2 but when play concluded on Day 1 there were a total of 32 $100k buy ins (six of which were rebuys) for the massive event.
The field is made up mostly of pros with Dan Smith, Brian Hastings, Isaac Haxton, Galen Hall, Justin Smith, Tom Marchese, Phil Galfond, Jason Mercier, Erik Seidel, Sam Trickett and Andrew Robl on location.
After 10 levels of play the field was cut down to 19 players with Bonomo, Jean Noel Thorel, Tom Marchese, Dan Smith and Sam Trickett all in the top five.
Bonomo had to battle back from an early setback when he lost the majority of his stack in a big hand against Marchese.
Negreanu, ElkY Bust, Rebuy Still Open
Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Michael Parziale, Rob Zeps and Clemenceau Calixto all busted on Day 1 but they’ll have the option of rebuying up until 1 p.m. on Day 2.
Marchese, Mercier and Robl were among the players who opted to rebuy on Day 1.
Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu had the misfortune of busting twice before finally admitting defeat.
The official prizepool for the 2012 WPT World Championship Super High Roller won’t be available until alter today but it’s already in excess of $3 million.
With 10 more buy ins the Super High Roller event could potentially surpass the regular WPT World Championship, which is still ongoing with a final table set for Saturday.
Action resumes in the Super High Roller at 1 p.m. today. You can check the WPT live update team to follow along.
Here’s a look at the top 10 chip counts at the end of Day 1:
Justin Bonomo – 1.4 million
Jean Noel Thorel – 1.2 million
Tom Marchese – 1.07 million
Dan Smith – 913,000
Sam Trickett – 890,000
Andrew Robl – 813,000
Bill Klein – 740,000
Isaac Haxton – 716,000
Phil Galfond – 710,000
David Sands – 707,000