High Roller: Justin Bonomo Leads Final 14 Through Day 1

$25,500 High Roller No Limit Hold’em
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Returning to Level 16: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 14 of 75

Justin Bonomo

Level 15 concluded, marking the end of Day 1. Just 14 players remain, with Justin Bonomo way out in front of the pack.

Here’s the remaining lineup:

Table 1
Seat 1: Ben Yu – 347,000 (29 bb)
Seat 2: Sean Winter – 167,000 (14 bb)
Seat 3: –empty–
Seat 4: Dylan Linde – 491,000 (41 bb)
Seat 5: Bryn Kenney – 744,000 (62 bb)
Seat 6: Adrian Mateos – 780,000 (65 bb)
Seat 7: Alexander Turyansky – 255,000 (21 bb)
Seat 8: Edward Mandel – 169,000 (14 bb)

Table 2
Seat 1: Joe McKeehen – 553,000 (46 bb)
Seat 2: Justin Bonomo – 1,866,000 (156 bb)
Seat 3: –empty–
Seat 4: Ben Tollerene – 615,000 (51 bb)
Seat 5: Stefan Schillhabel – 1,083,000 (90 bb)
Seat 6: Lander Lijo – 103,000 (9 bb)
Seat 7: Edward Ochana – 197,000 (16 bb)
Seat 8: Nick Petrangelo – 156,000 (13 bb)

There aren’t many properties that can support events with a buy-in this significant, but Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood is certainly on the short list.

This High Roller drew a total of 75 entries at $25,000 apiece, creating a prize pool worth $1.875 million.

The cast of characters included most of the usual suspects.

Erik Seidel was in there more than once, joined by the likes of Jason Mercier, Isaac Haxton, Stephen Chidwick, Mike Leah, and Brian Hastings. Even Vanessa Selbst, who is taking a step back from full-time poker, showed up to play.

None of those players survived the day. Fortunately, though, there are still 14 familiar faces in the field.

The top four finishers in the $50,000 Super High Roller are still alive in this half-price version. That includes, of course, the winner, Stefan Schillhabel. Other than Bonomo, he’s the only player with a seven-figure stack in the bag, returning for Day 2 in second place.

Stefan Schillhabel (left) and Adrian Mateos (right)

Adrian Mateos finished as the runner-up to Schillhabel in that event, and he’s currently in the third slot on the leaderboard.

Nick Petrangelo, the fourth-place Super High Roller, has one of the shortest stacks in the bag, but he’s well equipped to run it up all the same.

Nick Petrangelo

They and everyone else are all chasing Bonomo, though. The decorated, pink-maned pro is looking to improve on his third-place finish in the $50k, and he’s put himself in a commanding position to do so. There’s still a lot of poker left to be played, though.

Bryn Kenney, Ben Tollerene, and Ben Yu are also among the final 14 players, and literally everyone left is capable of snagging the trophy.

Only final 11 players will finish in the money, so crossing that threshold will be the first order of business on Day 2.

Here are the payouts up for grabs on Tuesday:

1st: $556,873 + trophy
2nd: $403,125
3rd: $248,438
4th: $169,688
5th: $113,438
6th: $85,313
7th: $69,375
8th: $60,000
9th: $58,125
10th: $56,250
11th: $54,375

Cards go in the air at 12 p.m.