Justin Bonomo tops the list of all-time poker tournaments, yet again


Justin Bonomo’s chop-win in the $ 100,000 high roller at Bellagio on Friday put him back to the top of the all-time winning list with a jaw-dropping $ 57,047,262.

Justin Bonomo has made more money than anyone else playing tournament poker. (Image: WPT)

The WPT Five Diamond High Roller event drew 19 people and paid out three places. After Dan Smith placed third for $ 304,000, Bonomo and Jason Koon accepted an ICM chop for $ 928,200 and $ 667,800, respectively. The expected salary jump was $ 500,000.

With the win, Bonomo overtook Bryn Kenney, who, with a total of tournament money of $ 56,907,385, topped the all-time winning list since 2019.

Bonomo, who at 36, has four more years to go before he can be considered for induction into the Poker Hall of Fame, has performed extremely well at the tables over the past four months, with six final table appearances, including two wins, at various heights. -roll events.


On a high roll

Since September, Justin Bonomo has cashed more than $ 3.9 million in high-roller tournaments.

Justin Bonomo High Roller Performances (Sep 2021 – December 2021)
Dated Event To finish Cash
Dec 3 2021 High Roller WPT Five Diamond $ 100,000 1 928,200
November 16, 2021 Aria $ 10,000 High Roller 2 94,600
November 6, 2021 Aria $ 10,000 High Roller 1 171,100
October 19, 2021 WSOP $ 50K 8 Hand High Roller 2 700 228
September 27, 2021 $ 300,000 Super High Roller Bowl 2 1,890,000
September 5, 2021 $ 25,000 + $ 500 WPT World Online Championship Super High Roller 3 155,695

Bonomo in numbers

Since 2018, when he won the WSOP’s $ 1 million Big One for One Drop for a salary of $ 10 million, much of Bonomo’s success has come from small, high profile events against competition. elite. That’s not to say he can’t – and hasn’t – taken in bigger events. The man who first made his name online as ZeeJustin is a three-time WSOP bracelet winner, a three-time WPT finalist and a WSOP-C ring winner.


Top 10 Poker Tournament Money List

  1. Justin Bonomo: $ 57,047,264
  2. Bryn Kenny: $ 56,907,385
  3. Daniel Negreanu: $ 45,175,428
  4. Erik Seidel: $ 38,416,403
  5. David Peters: $ 38,279,171
  6. Dan Smith: $ 37,969,324
  7. Stephen Chidwick: $ 37,692,003
  8. Jason Koon: $ 34,038,628
  9. Cary Katz: $ 33,650,388
  10. Fedor Holz: $ 32,724,248

Bonomo against the vast, vast world of sport

With his return to the top of the live tournament earnings list, we thought it was fair to see how Bonomo’s success compares to the earnings of some of the world’s best athletes in sports like tennis, golf. and MMA.

In the tennis world, Bonomo’s $ 57million in earnings would put him in fifth on ATP’s all-time winning list, around $ 5million behind England’s Andy Murray and $ 14million. in front of the great American Pete Sampras. Novak Djokovic ($ 154.7 million), Roger Federer ($ 130.5 million) and Rafael Nadal ($ 124.9 million) respectively hold the top three places.

On the golf course, Tiger Wood leads the PGA in earnings with $ 120 million, followed by Phil Mickelson with $ 94.8 million and Dustin Johnson with $ 72.6 million. While Bonomo isn’t close to golf’s top winners, he enters the top 10, taking eighth place from Justin Rose who has $ 55.9 million in tournament earnings.

When it comes to punches, Floyd Mayweather holds the title of richest boxer in the world with an estimated net worth of over $ 1 billion. From that, he easily outclassed Bonomo by earning over $ 500 million in just two fights – a setback in 2015 with Manny Pacquiao who paid him $ 250 million and a fight in 2017 with Connor McGregor which grossed him 300 million. of dollars.

Bonomo is faring much better against McGregor, whose net worth is around $ 200 million. However, only $ 25.3 million of that money came directly from beating people’s tar in the Octagon, and McGregor’s fight winnings wouldn’t even make the top 20 on the poker tournament list.

Being a motivated young player will surely send Bonomo’s lifetime tournament earnings near and possibly beyond the highest earners in these sports. He’s been in the competitive game for about 15 years, and if he continues his current pace for another 15, the $ 100 million mark is definitely within his reach.

And while fathers time is undefeated in physical sports, poker players don’t often worry about quitting the game due to physical injury or the degradation of their bodies after years of abuse on the court, on the course or in the ring.

That said, poker is currently a young man’s game; of the top 10 tournament silver winners listed, only Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel and Cary Katz are over 40 years old.

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Bob pajich

Bob Pajich is a poker news reporter, creative writer, and poker player who has never met a matched connector he didn’t like.

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