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The history of poker has been written in the last couple of days, and it can only be concluded that we live in the age of the poker legends who are still very actively playing their favorite game. Among the most respected and admired legends are Justin Bonomo and Daniel Negreanu. For a long time, Negreanu was the #1 when it comes to the money earned in poker, but just recently he has been passed by Justin Bonomo who won Event #78: $1 Million Big One for One Drop. Bonomo managed to win a total of $10,000,000 which helped him ascend on the first place with the total of $43 million. Negreanu is on the second place with $39,656,197, and Erik Seidel is right behind him with $34,575,437.

Naturally, after winning the tournament, Bonomo was pretty satisfied with the achieved result. He could not hide his enthusiasm and called the whole thing “awesome.” However, he added that this did not mean much to him and that the first thing he was content with was his evaluation of his play. The results certainly speak in favor of Bonomo’s play as he has managed to earn the incredible $25 million in the previous year. Furthermore, he also managed to land two bracelets and is now definitely one of the best players in the world, with his form significantly increasing in the past 12 months. Bonomo said that at the end of the day, he felt like the year behind him had been fantastic. He added that he did not believe that he was the best player in the world but that he was up there among the best.

What is One Drop?

The One Drop event is generally regarded as the high roller of the high rollers. It also has a charitable purpose as every year hundreds of thousands of dollars from the event are given for providing clean water access for those in need.

Bonomo was asked before the tournament whether he had been excited for participating in one such event. However, he denied his excitement. In fact, he stated that although it was a great privilege, it was also a great responsibility to one such tournament. He added that he had played for the most money ever in his life and that made all the pressure.

Therefore, Bonomo did not take this tournament for granted and prepared for it well, putting more energy and focus than ever before. Some of his routines included a lot of studying and meditation. In fact, Bonomo studied even during the breaks! It takes a lot to be the best, and he has certainly put a lot of effort in this tournament! Some of the other participants who achieved significant results are Fedor Holz ($6,000,000), Dan Smith ($4,000,000), Rick Salomon($2,840,000), and Byroh Kaverman ($2,000,000).