Poker News Roundup: Bonomo, Obst, Ivey, Holz


The 2018 World Series of Poker has come to a conclusion. This week’s poker news ties up a couple of loose ends from that mega event before shifting to a couple of other off-the-cuff headlines from this past week:

Justin Bonomo Wins One Drop As 2018 WSOP Comes To A Conclusion

And just like that, the 2018 World Series of Poker has come to a conclusion. Justin Bonomo has claimed the Big One For One Drop event, closing out the WSOP with a bang.

The win was a notable one for Bonomo as he moved into the top spot of poker’s all-time money list. He added $10 million to his total with this win, which pushed him ahead of Canadian Daniel Negreanu, who held the spot for a long time. Bonomo has now won $42,979, 591 in his poker career while Negreanu moves into second place with $39,656,197 in career winnings.

In terms of this particular event, Germany’s Fedor Holz was the only non-American to place in the top five. He finished second and won $6 million. Dan Smith placed third and won $4 million, Rick Salomon ended up in fourth and collected $2.84 million and Byron Kaverman rounded out the top five with a $2 million win.

Jason Obst Trades Poker For Tennis

A player who has previously won a World Series of Poker bracelet is trading in his cards for a spot on the tennis circuit. Jason Obst, who made another deep run in the Main Event at the 2018 WSOP with a 46th place finish, has announced that he plans to leave poker in an attempt to become a tennis pro. His goal is to one day compete at Wimbledon.

It’s a bit of an odd move as nobody really knows what his level of game is like. It’s also unclear where he’ll live and train, and who he will hire as his coach.

It’s not the first time we’ve seen poker and tennis ties as Gus Hansen is a passionate fan, Patrik Antonius and Brandon Adams played a match, and Zach Jiganti was a student at the Bollettieri Tennis Academy as a teen and played Division 1 tennis at Texas Tech University.

Ivey, Holz Headed For Jeju Appearance At Triton Poker Event

Some of poker’s biggest names are set to participate in the Triton Poker event at the Jeju Landing Casino in South Korea. Phil Ivey, who is a 10-time WSOP gold-bracelet winner, and Fedor Holz, who is coming off a second-place result at the Big One for One Drop Event at the 2018 WSOP, will be participating.

In total, this event will feature five big events that include three quirky short-deck poker tournaments. In those events, twos through fives will be pulled from the deck. There will also be two no-limit hold’em events where the hand rankings are altered. While it’s a little bit weird, it keeps everyone on their toes and brings a different style of action to the poker circuit.