Justin Bonomo appeared to be the leader in the list of all the 19 players, who participated in the $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl, which gave chance to many amateur players to outshine even professionals.
The event kicked off at the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, with a field of 19 players on the poker tables, which were facing against each other in a Texas Hold’em poker battle. The event took place just on the significant for all Memorial Day, and it appeared to bring luck to Justin Bonomo, who started the day by eliminating his opponent Antonio Esfandiari with king-queen over king-three.
Bonomo continued with his “eliminating” series, by sending back home another experienced opponent and namely, Nick Petrangelo. The cards allotted Petrangelo failed flush after asking for a draw. On the other hand, Bonomo managed to flop a set and thus take the upper hand over his dangerous opponent.
The game witnessed another interesting moment, in which Bonomo flopped trip-sevens and outperformed his opponent Rainer Kempe from Germany, who was one of his main rivals.
Besides the game of the professionals, this time the amateurs also performed at a pro-high level. There were 5 amateur players in total, who all entered the top 10 list of players. The name of the comedian Kevin Hart stood vividly among the names of the amateur players, because he managed to eliminate the well-known high roller poker player Fedor Holz. In the last couple events, the high roller was unbeatable by anyone, but the cards were well-disposed to the amateur, who outplayed his opponent with aces over queens.
Even though Hart was eliminated by Brian Rast, his name will remain in the history of poker as the amateur who managed to send home the poker high roller pro Fedor Holz.
One of the most successful amateur poker players appear to be Dan Shak with 1,482,000 in chips. Up to now, he takes the third position, just after Byron Kaverman and Justin Bonomo. Some were not surprised by Shak’s achievements in the event, taking into account his success in Prague, where he won the $50K High Roller European Poker Tour.
The other four amateur players, who managed to take a place in the list of top 10 are Bill Klein (with 1,466,000 in chips), Leon Tsoukernik (holding a stack of 1,335,000 chips), Cary Katz (with a stack of 701,000 chips) and David Einhorn (with 685,000 in chips). All these player, along with the other five professionals, including Justin Bonomo, Byron Kaverman, Christoph Vogelsang, Pratyush Buddiga and Jason Koon will appear on Day 3 of the event, ready to qualify for the big prize.
The whole event was marked by interesting twists, which showed that in some cases amateurs are as just good as professionals.