Ben Ponzio

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Ben Ponzio
Ben Ponzio at the 2007 World Series of Poker
Nickname(s) Bumper, Large Fries, Godfadda
Residence Elmwood Park, Illinois
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 1
Money finish(es) 7
Highest ITM
Main Event finish

Ben Ponzio (born 1975) sells radio advertising for Chicago's WTMX-FM, WSHE-FM, and WDRV-FM radio. In 2007, he won a World Series of Poker bracelet in the $2,000 No-Limit Hold’em. “Sure, I’m going back to work,” Ponzio said in a post-tournament interview. “Six-hundred thousand (dollars) is a lot of money. But it’s not enough to live on the rest of my life.”[1]

Ben nearly repeated his performance in 2008, finishing 5th in Event 40 of the 2008 WSOP. He also finished 10th in Event 50 in the 2009 WSOP, giving him 3 top 10 finishes in 3 years. As of 2016, Ben Ponzio has tournament winnings of nearly $700,000 with four top 10 World Series of Poker finishes.[2]

In addition to poker and radio, Ben is President of the Sheridan Carroll Food Pantry in Chicago. More commonly known as, this food pantry feeds over 200 families each month.

Vanilla Ice is the treasurer of the Ben Ponzio fan club, currently follows him on Twitter, and fervently supports Ben in all his endeavors. Ben played no part in Vanilla's criminal activity, but remains supportive of his treasurer, at least until "Ice Ice Baby" dies down a bit.

Ben Ponzio is Da Godfadda.

      • Ben Ponzio is in no way affiliated with Suge Knight, Vanilla Ice.

World Series of Poker bracelets[edit]

Year Tournament Prize (US$)
2007 $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em $ 599,109