Bonomo Wins Pair of High Rollers; Elezra and Schulman Among Five Diamond Side Event Winners

Bonomo Wins Pair of High Rollers; Elezra and Schulman Among Five Diamond Side Event Winners

October 21, 2022

Mike Patrick

Justin Bonomo

While the $5,000,000 guaranteed Main Event is the crown jewel of the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic festival, the multitude of side events leading up to it has also been a huge success. They’ve drawn some of the biggest names in poker from around the world with a variety of High Rollers, Pot Limit-Omaha, and mixed game tournaments as well.

Over $3,100,000 in prize pools were generated over the 20+ daily tournaments that began on October 8. Here’s a look at some of the winners.

Two High Rollers For Bonomo

The only player to take home two titles at this year’s Five Diamond is poker’s all-time tournament earnings leader, Justin Bonomo.

He earned his first win in Event #10, a $10,000 High Roller that saw him defeat a field of 16 players, including Stephen Chidwick heads-up to win $75,792.

Event #10: $10,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em Results

PLACE NAME COUNTRY PRIZE
1 Justin Bonomo United States $75,792
2 Stephen Chidwick United Kingdom $58,608
3 Yasuhiro Waki Japan $25,600

Bonomo then picked up his second High Roller title of the festival in Event #22, a $25,000 buy-in event that drew 17 runners.

Bonomo defeated Sam Soverel heads-up to claim that title and $229,500, with Chidwick finishing third.

Event #22: $25,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em Results

PLACE NAME COUNTRY PRIZE
1 Justin Bonomo United States $229,500
2 Sam Soverel United States $127,500
3 Stephen Chidwick United Kingdom $68,000

Bonomo also picked up a third-place finish in Event #6, a $10,000 High Roller with 15 entries won by Nick Schulman, with Sean Winter finishing second.

Nick SchulmanNick Schulman

Event #6: $10,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em Results

PLACE NAME COUNTRY PRIZE
1 Nick Schulman United States $81,000
2 Sean Winter United States $45,000
3 Justin Bonomo United States $24,000

Kempton Wins Highest of PLO High Rollers

Pot-Limit Omaha was also represented in the High Roller streets, with Michael Duek ($105,800) and Ronald Keijzer ($108,000) taking home $10,000 buy-in titles, while in Event #20: a $25,000 buy-in PLO event, it was Isaac Kempton defeating a field of 23 entries including Jeremy Ausmus heads-up to win $264,500, while Keijzer added a third place finish to his tally.

Event #20: $25,000 High Roller PLO Results

PLACE NAME COUNTRY PRIZE
1 Isaac Kempton United States $264,500
2 Jeremy Ausmus United States $161,000
3 Ronald Keijzer Netherlands $92,000
4 John Riordan United States $57,500

Elezra and Kihara Win 8-Game Events

The mixed game community got a pair of Five Diamond titles to chase with a $10,000 High Roller and a $1,620 event also up for grabs.

Event #8: the 8-Game High Roller saw an elite field of 12 mixed gamers take their shot, with a pair of Poker Hall of Famers who are no strangers to high-stakes mixed games at Bellagio meeting heads-up for the title. It was Eli Elezra winning it, defeating Mori Eskandani to win $57,000.

Eli ElezraEli Elezra

Event #8: $10,000 High Roller 8-Game Mix Results

PLACE NAME COUNTRY PRIZE
1 Eli Elezra Israel $57,000
2 Mori Eskandani United States $53,000
3 Brian Rast United States $10,000

Meanwhile in Event #3, the $1,620 8-Game event, 47 entries came out with Naoya Kihara defeating Matthew Gonzales heads-up to take home the $25,302 first prize.

Below is the complete list of Five Diamond World Poker Classic Side Event Winners.

Five Diamond Side Event Winners

EVENT ENTRIES PRIZE POOL WINNER COUNTRY PRIZE
Event #1: $560 No-Limit Hold’em 138 $100,000 Robert Goldstein United States $18,015
Event #2: $25,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 9 $225,000 Steve Zolotow United States $135,000
Event #3: $1,620 8-Game Mix 47 $68,385 Naoya Kihara Japan $25,302
Event #5: $1,620 6-Max No-Limit Hold’em 83 $124,500 Breno Silva Brazil $35,807
Event #6: $10,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 15 $150,001 Nick Schulman United States $81,000
Event #7: $1,100 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em 91 $100,000 Mike Meskin United States $31,119
Event #8: $10,000 High Roller 8-Game Mix 12 $120,000 Eli Elezra Israel $57,000
Event #9: $1,100 Pot-Limit Omaha 56 $61,600 Justin Lapka United States $20,100
Event #10: $10,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 16 $160,000 Justin Bonomo United States $75,792
Event #11: $1,100 Mystery Bounty No-Limit Hold’em 114 $110,580 Valentyn Shabelnyk Ukraine $41,583
Event #12: $10,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha 23 $230,000 Michael Duek United States $105,800
Event #13: $600 No-Limit Hold’em 51 $26,520 Jordan Helms United States $9,814
Event #14: $10,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 18 $180,000 Pete Chen Taiwan $97,200
Event #15: $400 No-Limit Hold’em 80 $26,400 Richard Kemperman United States $8,844
Event #16: $10,000 High Roler Pot-Limit Omaha 20 $200,000 Ronald Keijzer Netherlands $108,000
Event #17: $1,600 Deepstack No-Limit Hold’em 63 $90,405 Fikret Kovac Bosnia and Herzegovina $25,766
Event #18: $10,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 4 $40,000 Stephen Chidwick United Kingdom $25,000
Event #19: $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em 54 $52,380 Gregor Sverko Croatia $19,380
Event #20: $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha 23 $575,000 Isaac Kempton United States $264,500
Event #22: $25,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 17 $425,000 Justin Bonomo United States $229,500

The WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic is a $10,400 buy-in, $5 million GTD tournament that runs from October 19-23. WPT Five Diamond is the longest-standing recurring WPT tournament, taking place at Bellagio since 2002. It has endured the test of time, and holds unique historical significance as the starting point for the World Poker Tour. PokerNews will be offering daily content from the event, so stay tuned for more big WPT recaps, stories, and more!

*Images courtesy of WPT/Joe Giron.

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