With $45 million in career cashes, Justin Bonomo is the all-time winningest live poker tournament player. But that distinction could be at stake at the historic Triton Million.
Bonomo, the 2018 $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop $10 million champion, busted at the hands of Igor Kurganov on Day Two at the Triton Million on Friday. He was eliminated in 17th place, short of the money bubble.
So, that means he cannot extend his career live tournament earnings lead. But there is an outside shot he could lose the top spot on Saturday.
Current All-Time Tournament Leaders
Justin Bonomo is presently the all-time live tournament earnings leader with just over $45 million in cashes. He’s followed by Daniel Negreanu ($41.85 million), and Erik Seidel ($35.72 million). Neither of those poker greats made the trip to London for the £1,050,000 buy-in tournament, which is a bit of a surprise considering they are almost always in attendance for the biggest events.
In fourth place is Bryn Kenney, one of the most consistent high rollers over the past few years. Bryn has $34.94 million in cashes and needs a third place or better finish to surpass Bonomo on the Hendon Mob money list standings.
Kenney isn’t the only one out of 16 players at the time of publishing still in the hunt to overtake Bonomo. Stephen Chidwick and Dan Smith also have a shot but both would need to win the tournament to do so.
Chidwick, who has $25.17 million in cashes, was third in chips when this article went to publish. Smith sat in sixth place and has $27.98 in career earnings.
First place in the Triton Million pays £19 million, which equates to approximately $23 million US dollars.
At the time of publishing, 16 of the 54 players remained in the Triton Millions. The top 11 will be paid and we should be down to the final table by the time Friday’s session concludes. On Saturday, one player will walk away with £19 million and it could be one of the players who can overtake Justin Bonomo as poker’s all-time winningest tournament player.
It’s just one more reason to watch this historic poker tournament. As if you even needed one.