Justin Bonomo, a US poker player who was once a member of the Full Tilt Poker site, recently commented on the developments with the site. Ever since Black Friday, hundreds of poker players from the US have been unable to access poker rooms with strong player traffic like the offshore sites such as PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker offered.
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Bonomo, an online poker professional with a reasonably good poker win record, had planned to move out of the States in the hope of making an income via playing poker. He had ideas of moving to Malta but decided to settle in Toronto instead. In an interview with PokerNews, Bonomo revealed all the changes he had made in his life and spoke candidly on how the Full Tilt Poker closure had affected him.
“My life drastically changed as a direct result of Black Friday. I woke up one day and no longer had a job. I made the tough choice to leave the country I had lived in my whole life, which unfortunately also meant leaving my girlfriend that I loved very much. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, but I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to online poker. Poker is my life.”
Bonomo also explained that he had a six figure sum of money trapped in the Full Tilt Poker site. He blamed Bitar but also appears to have a lot of loyalty towards the brand and claimed he will play there once again. “I do have six figures in limbo thanks to FTP. The situation is unfortunate to say the least. It’s inconceivable how Bitar could have run such a successful multibillion dollar company straight into the ground. On the positive side, I have faith that the GBT deal will go through and everyone will be paid back. I think there’s a lot of value there, and GBT apparently agrees with me. I will certainly be playing on FTP again if they can assure me that player funds are segregated.”
Bonomo also mentioned how astonished he was when the Full Tilt Poker site closed and was not able to pay back its player. He also stated that the site having no liquid assets at all was the biggest surprise for him.
Bonomo also commented on the current legal situation for online poker in the US. Claiming that he would “love to move back to the U.S.” if the “high-stakes games online are good,” Bonomo seemed to not be in favour of online poker being regulated on a state level.

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