Photos: Cary Katz Bubbles in 6th Place; Justin Bonomo Busts in 5th
Level 19: 30,000-60,000, 5,000 ante
Featured Blog, Vivek Rajkumar, Cary Katz, Justin Bonomo, Erick Lindgren, Bellagio, Season IX
In Hand #108, Vivek Rajkumar (top right) moved all in from the small blind with K2, and Cary Katz (foreground, right) called all in from the big blind with AQ.
The board came 108452, and Rajkumar paired his deuce on the river to win the pot and eliminate Cary Katz on the money bubble in sixth place.
In the last hand before the dinner break (Hand #119), Justin Bonomo (center) moved all in with Q9, but he was dominated by the KQ of Erick Lindgren (left). The board came AA1083, and Lindgren won the pot with king high. Justin Bonomo was eliminated in fifth place, earning $224,160.
10:30 PM, 05/19/11
Photos: Rick Salomon Busts 10th & Ashton Griffin Busts 9th
Level 18: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante
Featured Blog, Rick Salomon, Erik Seidel, Justin Bonomo, Ashton Griffin, Bellagio, Season IX
The final 10 players combined to a single table and kept on playing. In Hand #4, after a flop of K33, Rick Salomon (center, standing) three-bet all in with AK (two pair, kings and threes). But Erik Seidel (top left) called with A3 for trip threes, and it held up to win the pot. Rick Salomon was eliminated in 10th place.
In Hand #21, Justin Bonomo (center, seated) moved all in on the turn with the board showing K834, and Ashton Griffin (standing, foreground left) tanked for a long time before calling with JJ. But Bonomo turned over K8 for a pair of kings, and it held up to eliminate Ashton Griffin in ninth place. Griffin receives a fist bump from Randy Dorfman as he leaves.
09:17 PM, 05/19/11
Hand #119: Justin Bonomo Eliminated in 5th Place ($224,160)
Level 16: 15,000-30,000, 4,000 ante
Hand #119 - Erick Lindgren raises to 70,000 in middle position and Justin Bonomo moves all-in for 510,000 from the button. Lindgren calls with KQ and he has Bonomo's Q9 dominated.
Erick Lindgren, Justin Bonomo, Featured Blog, Bellagio, Season IX
The AA10 flop is no help to Bonomo, nor is the 8 on the turn. The river is the 3 and Lindgren's king-high is good enough to eliminate Bonomo in fifth place.
Erick Lindgren - 4,005,000 (167 BBs)
Justin Bonomo - eliminated in 5th place ($224,160)
06:58 PM, 05/19/11
Hand #82-83: Erick Lindgren Takes the Chip Lead
Level 15: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante
Hand #82 - As he folds under the gun, Vivek Rajkumar accidentally exposes the 10. Daniel Negreanu raises from the cutoff to 66,000, and Justin Bonomo calls from the big blind. The flop comes Q102, Bonomo checks, Negreanu bets 75,000, and Bonomo folds.
Erick Lindgren, Vivek Rajkumar, Justin Bonomo, Bellagio, Season IX
Negreanu shows A10 as he collects the pot, laughing because he paired the ten even though he knew one of them had already been folded.
Hand #83 - Erik Seidel raises from the cutoff to 60,000, Erick Lindgren calls from the button, Justin Bonomo calls from the small blind, and Vivek Rajkumar calls from the big blind.
The flop comes Q73, and it's checked to Lindgren, who bets 110,000. Bonomo and Rajkumar call, and Seidel folds.
The turn card is the A, Bonomo checks, Rajkumar bets 240,000, and Lindgren calls. Bonomo tanks for more than a minute before he folds.
The river card pairs the board with the A, Rajumar checks, and Lindgren bets 450,000. Rajkumar thinks for a while before he folds, and Erick Lindgren takes the pot.
Erick Lindgren - 3,448,000 (143 BBs)
Vivek Rajkumar - 2,895,000 (120 BBs)
Justin Bonomo - 995,000 (41 BBs)
05:52 PM, 05/19/11
Hand #53: Randy Dorfman Doubles Thru Justin Bonomo
Level 14: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante
Hand #53 - Randy Dorfman limps from middle position for 20,000, Erick Lindgren completes the small blind, and Justin Bonomo raises from the big blind to 90,000.
Randy Dorfman, Justin Bonomo, Bellagio, Season IX
Dorfman moves all in for 766,000, Lindgren folds, and Bonomo calls with KK. Dorfman turns over 88, and he'll need to improve to stay alive.
The board comes J85210, though Dorfman apparently doesn't see the eight on the flop, and stands up to say, "So long, guys." Daniel Negreanu says, "You've got a set of eights. That beats kings. I'm just saying."
Dorfman takes a closer look at the board, sees the eight on the flop, and immediately apologizes to Bonomo saying it was a mistake. Dorfman isn't wearing his glasses, and he puts in a request for someone to get them for him.
Randy Dorfman - 1,568,000 (78 BBs)
Justin Bonomo - 1,473,000 (73 BBs)
04:09 PM, 05/19/11
Hands #31-32: Sam Trickett Doubles Thru Justin Bonomo
Level 13: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Hand #31 - Justin Bonomo raises from the button to 36,000, and Vivek Rajkumar calls from the big blind. After an unknown flop, Rajkumar checks, Bonomo bets 75,000, and Rajkumar check-raises to 230,000. Bonomo folds, and Rajkumar takes the pot.
Sam Trickett, Justin Bonomo, Bellagio, Season IX
Hand #32 - Justin Bonomo raises from the cutoff to 36,000, Sam Trickett moves all in from the button for 285,000, and Bonomo calls with A8. Trickett turns over JJ, and he'll need it to hold to stay alive.
The board comes Q1027K, and Trickett wins the pot with his pocket jacks to double up in chips.
Sam Trickett - 610,000 (38 BBs)
Justin Bonomo - 2,425,000 (151 BBs)
03:18 PM, 05/19/11
Photo Recap: Day 1 of $100K WPT Super High Roller
Level 13: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
By BJ Nemeth
Featured Blog, Tom Marchese, Masa Kagawa, Dan Cates, Phil Galfond, Vivek Rajkumar, Erik Seidel, Justin Smith, Nikolai Evdakov, Tony Gargano, Justin Bonomo, Erick Lindgren, Gabe Kaplan, Ashton Griffin, Eugene Katchalov, Phil Laak, Daniel Negreanu, John Morgan, Sam Trickett, Bellagio, Season IX
For the first time, the World Poker Tour has added a high buy-in tournament to the schedule -- the $100,000 buy-in WPT Super High Roller. The event was planned before poker's "Black Friday," and there was a lot of uncertainty as to how many people would show up.
It's safe to say that the field of 29 players exceeded most of the expectations for this event.
The first-ever $100,000 buy-in WPT Super High Roller began Wednesday at 12:00 noon. Each player started with 400,000 in chips.
Shortly after play began, there were 10 players -- enough to get two tables underway. The first table, from left to right: Tom Marchese, Masa Kagawa, Dan Cates, and Phil Galfond.
The second table at the start of Day 1, from left to right: Vivek Rajkumar, Erik Seidel, Justin Smith, and Nikolai Evdakov.
As the field for the $100,000 buy-in WPT Super High Roller continued to grow, there was a snowball effect as it attracted more and more players. Tony G. (standing, center) was one of those who stopped by to check things out, and he eventually registered close to the deadline. Also pictured in the WPT Super High Roller, from left to right: Justin Bonomo, Phil Galfond, and Nikolai Evdakov.
Erick Lindgren (right) smiles after doubling thru Gabe Kaplan (left) with a flopped seven-high straight.
Ashton Griffin was eliminated from the WPT World Championship in 12th place, earning $63,714. But after a short break, Griffin bought into the $100,000 WPT Super High Roller.
Eugene Katchalov joins the field after play began. Katchalov won a $100,000 high-roller event in the Bahamas back in January.
Phil Laak said that if he registered, it would be a dream-come-true for most of the other players. Laak did register, but he didn't last too long, as he flopped a set of jacks to John Morgan's set of kings.
Phil Laak flopped a set of jacks, but lost all his chips to John Morgan's flopped set of kings.
Vivek Rajkumar was one of the players who entered the $100,000 WPT Super High Roller, and survived to Day 2.
Erik Seidel was all in preflop against pocket kings, but caught an ace on the river to win the pot and double up.
Gabe Kaplan smiles after moving all in late on Day 1 of the $100,000 WPT Super High Roller. Kaplan was one of the 17 survivors who made it to Day 2.
Daniel Negreanu was one of the players keeping an eye on the field size, saying he was more willing to play if the field reached three tables. It did, and Negreanu signed up.
John Morgan of Minnesota has a handful of cashes in smaller poker tournaments, but this is the first time we've seen him in a high-stakes tournament such as this. Morgan survived to Day 2 of the $100,000 WPT Super High Roller.
Sam Trickett (center) studies the board after facing a bet from Vivek Rajkumar (left) late on Day 1 of the $100,000 WPT Super High Roller. Both Trickett and Rajkumar would survive to Day 2.
Justin Bonomo finished Day 1 as chipleader of the WPT Super High Roller event with 1,837,000.
Seat 1. Erick Lindgren - 1,607,000 (160 BBs)
Seat 2. Tyler Smith - 142,000 (14 BBs)
Seat 3. Vivek Rajkumar - 1,628,000 (162 BBs)
Seat 4. Eugene Katchalov - 321,000 (32 BBs)
Seat 5. Daniel Negreanu - 471,000 (47 BBs)
Seat 6. Yevgeniy Timoshenko - 258,000 (25 BBs)
Seat 7. Ashton Griffin - 273,000 (27 BBs)
Seat 8. Sam Trickett - 626,000 (62 BBs)
Seat 1. Cary Katz - 198,000 (19 BBs)
Seat 2. Justin Bonomo - 1,837,000 (183 BBs)
Seat 3. Gregory Brooks - 611,000 (61 BBs)
Seat 4. Randy Dorfman - 968,000 (96 BBs)
Seat 5. Erik Seidel - 237,000 (23 BBs)
Seat 6. John Morgan - 1,009,000 (100 BBs)
Seat 7. Rick Salomon - 582,000 (58 BBs)
Seat 8. Dan Shak - 558,000 (55 BBs)
Seat 9. Gabe Kaplan - 287,000 (28 BBs)
03:02 PM, 05/19/11
Hand #21: Ashton Griffin Eliminated in 9th Place
Level 13: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Hand #21 - Ashton Griffin raises to 35,000 from middle position and Justin Bonomo calls in the big blind. The flop comes down K83 and Bonomo checks. Griffin bets 60,000 and Bonomo check-raises, making it 175,000 to go.
Justin Bonomo, Ashton Griffin, Featured Blog, Bellagio, Season IX
Griffin thinks for a bit before caling and the turn brings the 4. Bonomo eyes Griffin's stack and slides out a stack of red 25,000 chips to put Griffin all-in for his remaining 356,000.
Griffin tanks for several minutes, sitting in silence. He eventually cals and shows JJ for a pair of jacks. Bonomo has the best of it with K8 for two pair, kings and eights.
The river is the 5 and Bonomo's hand holds to eliminate Griffin in ninth place.
With the hand, Bonomo jumps up to 2,870,000 and retakes the chips lead.
Justin Bonomo - 2,870,000 (179 BBs)
Ashton Griffin - eliminated in 9th place
02:51 PM, 05/19/11
John Morgan Eliminated by Justin Bonomo
Level 12: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
John Morgan raises to 35,000 from the cutoff and Justin Bonomo calls in the big blind. The flop falls Q99 and Bonomo bets 75,000. Morgan calls.
John Morgan, Justin Bonomo, Featured Blog, Bellagio, Season IX
The turn is the K and Bonomo bets 175,000 and Morgan calls again. The river brings the 3 and Bonomo checks. Morgan announces he is all-in for around 600,000. Bonomo eyes Morgan's stack before telling him, "Alright, I call."
Morgan shows KJ for two pair, kings and nines, but Bonomo has him bestd with 89 for trip nines. Bonomo rakes in the massive pot and Morgan exits in 12th place.
Justin Bonomo - 2,750,000 (229 BBs)
John Morgan - eliminated in 12th place
01:32 PM, 05/19/11
Justin Bonomo's First Hand
Level 11: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Justin Bonomo, Gregory Brooks, Bellagio, Season IX
12:43 PM, 05/19/11