James Romero wins $1,938,118 playing poker

James Romero wins $1,938,118 playing poker

The 2016 World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event concluded on Saturday with James Romero never relinquishing the chip lead he entered the final table with. Romero took down the tournament’s top prize of $1,938,118.

Romero, who competed against a tough final table which included Justin Bonomo, Jake Schindler and Igor Yaroshevskyy, was relatively unheard of in live tournament circles prior to his victory. According to The Hendon Mob, the Portland, Oregon native previously only recorded two live tournament cashes for a total of $4,699.

Ryan Tosoc collected the runner-up prize of $1,124,051 to bring his total career live tournament earnings to close to $1.5 million. According to The Hendon Mob, Tosoc’s previous biggest prize came just a few months ago, when in September he took fourth place as part of a four-way deal in the Venetian DeepStack Extravaganza for $125,523.

The World Poker Tour Season XV resumes in the new year when it heads to Atlantic City, NJ on Jan. 29 to Feb. 3 for the $3,500 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Main Event, which features a $3 million guaranteed prize pool.