Perhaps in celebration of all the drinking that goes on during Cinco de Mayo, Bodog announced a business move that many might figure could only be made when drunk.This Monday, Bodog announced that it has signed infamous internet poker star, Justin “ZeeJustin” Bonomo as one of its resident pros.
Bonomo is a fantastic poker player, to be sure, but he was also implicated in perhaps the biggest cheating scandal prior to the Absolute Poker debacle.In 2006, fellow poker players suspected Bonomo of multi-accounting, or entering a tournament with more than one poker account, and e-mailed Party Poker with their concerns.Party conducted an investigation and did, in fact, find that Bonomo had multi-accounted, something which is very much against the rules.His account was closed, his money (almost $100,000) was confiscated, and he was permanently banned from Party Poker.PokerStars then decided to do a little research itself and found that he cheated on its site, too.He was similarly banned at Stars.
Bonomo slunk off to his corner of the internet for a while and then eventually issued more than one public apology.In the meantime, he ramped up his play at other poker rooms, one of which was Bodog.
Since turning 21 in 2006, Bonomo has begun to focus more of his attention on the live tournament circuit.He has already had some success, despite not being able to get over the hump and win a tournament.Some of his more impressive performances include:
- December 2006 – $15,000 WPT Doyle Brunson North American Poker Classic – 7th place – $152,230
- June 2007 – $ 2,000 No Limit Hold'em 38th World Series of Poker – 4th place – $156,040
- January 2008 – $ 9,700 No Limit Hold'em – WPT Championship Event
- 2008 Borgata Winter Open – 8th place – $135,243
Bonomo prefers to look ahead, rather than dwell on the past.
“I’m ready to start things off right by having a big WSOP this summer and hopefully bringing home a gold bracelet for Team Bodog,” he said.“I’m also looking forward to meeting up with other poker players from around the world at Bodog’s online poker tables.”