The ballrooms have been cleared, the poker tables have been stowed, and only one thing remains in the corner of the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino. The bright lights of the Thunderdome will shine on the biggest stage in all of poker as the final six players return to the felt for Event #78: The Big One for One Drop - $1,000,000 No-Limit Hold'em.
It is the last day of the 2018 World Series of Poker and the last man standing will take home the biggest prize of the summer, $10,000,000 in cold hard cash. They will also be rewarded with a shiny piece of jewelry which is the One Drop bracelet, and for one player, he is looking to make it his second bracelet of the summer.
Justin Bonomo has been on what people call a heater, and he may be putting together one of the best years in poker history. Bonomo took down the $10,000 Heads-Up Championship earlier this summer for his second career WSOP gold bracelet and that was just one of his latest accomplishments on the year. Along with winning the Super High Roller Bowl China and the $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl in Las Vegas, Bonomo has captured many other high rollers for six-figure paydays as well. All of this leads to one goal he has his sights set on, overtaking Daniel Negreanu as the number one rank on the all-time money list.
In order to do that, Bonomo will have to overcome some of the toughest competition in poker with five other players looking to capture the top prize as well. The German prodigy Fedor Holz, who went on an impressive run in his own right just a couple of years ago, sits in second place and is no slouch in these high roller tournaments. Dan Smith, Rick Salomon, David Einhorn, and Byron Kaverman will also have plenty to say before the night comes to an end.
Chips and Seats for Day 3 of One Drop
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Rick Salomon||United States||19,650,000||39|
|2||Byron Kaverman||United States||10,525,000||21|
|3||David Einhorn||United States||12,300,000||25|
|5||Justin Bonomo||United States||48,950,000||98|
|6||Dan Smith||United States||21,450,000||43|
The action will get underway at 5:30 p.m. local time with the ESPN coverage starting 30 minutes later on a delay. There will be 25:50 remaining in level 18 with the blinds at 250,000/500,000 and a 500,000 big blind ante. The levels will continue to be 60-minutes in length and will play until a winner is crowned.
With only five places getting paid, unfortunately, there will be someone leaving the Main Stage tonight emptyhanded. Meanwhile, for the remaining five players, they will be pocketing at least $2,000,000, one of the largest money bubbles in the history of poker. Here is a look at what these guys will be playing for tonight.
Big One for One Drop Payouts
The PokerNews coverage will begin when the cards get in the air with hand-for-hand coverage throughout the night. Follow along for all of the latest updates as we close out the 2018 World Series of Poker in style!