Justin Bonomo has continued to make it big in poker. On Dec 3, the American poker pro topped a 19-entry field to take down a $100K High Roller tournament at the World Poker Tour (WPT) Five Diamond World Poker Classic at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. His latest victory has allowed him to regain the lead on the Hendon Mob all-time money list.
In 2018, Bonomo made headlines when he catapulted to the top of the all-time live tournament list after taking down the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Big One for One Drop for $10 million. In doing so, he effectively overtook Daniel Negreanu who led the rankings for many years.
Bonomo’s stint at the top was short-lived though as the following year, fellow American Bryn Kenney became the new all-time live cash leader, thanks to his runner-up finish in the historic £1.05 million Triton Million in London where he won an astonishing £16,890,509 ($20,563,324), the largest prize money ever awarded in a poker tournament.
After winning the $100K High Roller at the Bellagio, Bonomo’s live tournament earnings soared to $57,047,262, enough to put him back in the all-time lead. Kenney is slightly behind with $56,907,381, but he could very well return to the top considering the small difference of approximately $140,000 separating both players.
Bonomo could also potentially extend his lead if he continues his deep run at tournaments. The 36-year-old is set to cap off 2021 with more than $3.7 million in tournament cashes.
Bonomo Chases Kenney
Bryn Kenney also participated in the $100K High Roller which Bonomo eventually won. Both players faced each other in a crucial hand which saw Bonomo going all in with AdAc, prompting a call from Kenney who held QcQs. Kenney was initially ahead on the flop of Qd6d2d as Bonomo failed to find help from the 9s on the turn, but with Kd on the river, Bonomo made the nut flush and ultimately won the hand leading to his victory.
Apart from Bonomo and Kenney, the other prominent names who took part in the tournament were Jason Koon who finished as runner-up for $677,800, and Dan Smith who walked away with $304,000 for his third-place finish.
Future Poker Hall of Famer
Bonomo’s massive accomplishments in the game make him eligible for the Poker Hall of Fame, though he can’t be nominated for the prestigious honor until he’s 40 years old.
The Fairfax, Virginia native rose to superstardom in 2018 when he won 10 tournaments and cashed 24 times to amass a staggering $25 million in just one year. His winning streak began as early as January with a second-place finish in the $99,700 + $300 #1 No Limit Hold’em Super High Roller at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.
He went on to win two Super High Roller Bowls held in China and Las Vegas, and captured two bracelets at the 2018 WSOP. Apart from that, he also performed strongly in other major festivals, such as the European Poker Tour, WPT, US Poker Open, partypoker LIVE Caribbean Poker Party, and the Aria high rollers.
Bonomo is no doubt one of the most successful players in the high roller circuit and has continued to add more achievements to his illustrious resume this year. Back in September, he finished second in the $300K Super High Roller Bowl Las Vegas, and scored another runner-up finish in the $50K No Limit Hold’em High Roller at the 2021 WSOP. He won big at the Aria High Roller Series 2021 as well.
Apart from his excellent run at live tournaments, Bonomo has also had huge success playing online under the screen name “ZeeJustin”.