Super High Roller Bowl China Finishes with a Flourish

March 23rd, 2018 | by Brian Corlisse

The first ever Super High Roller Bowl China has come to a conclusion and standing victorious at the end of play was US pro Justin Bonomo.

Justin Bonomo

Justin Bonomo takes his career earnings beyond the $25 million mark with a big win in Macau. (Image:

After inviting the great and the good of the poker world to Macau’s Babylon Casino on March 20, the team behind the $267,000 event managed to collect 75 entries before the registration desks closed. As expected, the field at the start of play was awash with talent and things weren’t any different by the time a final table of seven was set.

Bonomo and Antonius Stay Strong

Leading the way at the start of play on March 22 was Bonomo, closely followed by Finnish cash game star and EPT Season 2 Baden champion, Patrik Antonius. Despite some world-class competition doing their best to topple the top two, Bonomo and Antonius maintained their dominance until the finale.

As the heads-up battle got underway, Bonomo had the lead and that didn’t change. Eventually, all the chips ended up in the middle with the board showing 8♦10♦J♦9♥Q♠.

When the hands were revealed, Bonomo’s flopped flush with 5♦7♦ was more than enough to take the pot from his opponent’s K♥T♥.

When the confetti had fallen and Bonomo had time to reflect on his biggest ever tournament win, a simple “holy s**t” was the only sentiment he think of tweeting out to his followers.

Super High Roller Rolls On

With a successful outing in China complete, all eyes are now turning towards the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl. Set to take place inside the Aria, Las Vegas, between May 27 and May 30, the super high roller will feature the game’s most famous faces.

Owing to the overwhelming interest in the event, a live lottery draw took place on March 21 to determine the first 30 players to receive a place in the $300,000 tournament. In total, 61 players had paid the $30,000 non-refundable deposit, but more than 50 percent were left out in the cold.

When the draw was complete, Andrew Robl, Daniel Negreanu and Isaac Haxton were all fortunate enough to book a place in the summer showdown when someone will win upwards of $6 million. For now, however, the moment belongs to the new Super High Roller Bowl China champion, Justin Bonomo.

Super High Roller Bowl China Result

  1. Justin Bonomo – $4,821,516
  2. Patrik Antonius – $3,152,434
  3. Rainer Kempe – $2,039,806
  4. Dominik Nitsche – $1,668,932
  5. Bryn Kenney – $1,483,495
  6. Stephen Chidwick – $1,298,058
  7. David Peters – $1,112,621 


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