New Jersey butcher and online poker player Thomas Pomponio is now a million dollars richer after winning the World Series of Poker Colossus event.
Pomponio topped a field of over 18,000
Colossus is a $565 buy-in no-limit hold’em poker tournament with six different starting flights. Thanks to the low price point, re-entry options, and multiple flights, the event generated over 20,000 entries in 2015 and 2016.
The third running of Colossus came up a little short of 20,000. Instead, the tournament ended up with 18,054 entries. Nonetheless, that number helped generate a prize pool of more than $9 million.
Pomponio claimed the lucrative first-place prize after five days of tournament action. While he has played poker for ten years, this is far and away his biggest poker success. Previously he won a couple of small buy-in Borgata events as well as a heads-up poker tournament at PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. His career-high score was $24,000.
Pomponio returned home to butcher shop, may be back for Main Event
Turns out, even a million bucks cannot get you time off work when you are a New Jersey butcher. Pomponio told the Las Vegas Review-Journal he needed to get back East quickly. After all, he had to work on Saturday.
“Now, I’m a guy of principle, doing the right thing,” he said. “I don’t really like to screw over my co-workers, so I might ask my boss if I could just have off Saturday to give me some more time to get home and relax and whatnot. But I’ll have to see where I’m at with everything.”
Pomponio did not want to leave his colleagues in the lurch. However, he did not completely rule out returning to Las Vegas for the Main Event or other WSOP tournaments.
Currently Pomponio is second in the WSOP Player of the Year race on the strength of his single victory.
Pomponio is an online poker player
Pomponio has a day job, but he is a frequent player on New Jersey online sites. He says he plays at least a couple of times a week. Pomponio also sported a BorgataPoker patch while playing at the final table.
Pomponio plays as ‘PompYouUp‘ on most New Jersey poker sites. His earnings across the site total more than $110,000.
Past Colossus winners Ben Keeline and Cord Garcia played on the WSOP Circuit before jumping up into some bigger events following their respective million-dollar victories. Pomponio continues the tradition of “little guys” winning this popular poker tournament. He just takes it in a different direction where he grinds not the small buy-in live circuit, but playing online in the United States.