Justin Bonomo Set to Make History After Claiming His Second WSOP Gold

June 11th 2018 | Ivan Potocki

Justin Bonomo

Justin Bonomo claims his second WSOP gold and continues on his path to make poker history on pace for a record-breaking year (source: wsop.com)

Things have been going right for Justin Bonomo over the past few months as his professional career has been going nowhere but up. The crown of Bonomo’s latest success came a couple of days ago when he went on to claim his second career WSOP bracelet, bringing his total tournament winnings close to the $33 million mark.

Justin Bonomo rules the $10,000 Heads Up Championship

Bonomo’s second WSOP bracelet came after his victory in a prestigious Heads Up Championship, which saw the turnout of 114 players. The number may not seem overly impressive, seeing how many World Series tournaments get well over 1,000 players, but the size of the field could be deceiving in this particular instance.

The event brought out some of the high level players to battle it out head to head, including the likes of Niall Farrell, Scott Seiver, Max Steinberg, Faraz Jaka, etc. In the field of this strength, going all the way was never going to be an easy road.

The path to victory

In the first round, Justin Bonomo was paired with David Peters, a fellow high roller with well over $21,000,000 in live tournament earnings. Despite the tough challenge, Bonomo came on top, making his way to the next round.

There, he had to square off against another David, but it was David Laka this time around. The combination of skillful play and some well-timed luck brought Bonomo closer to the goal of winning his second WSOP bracelet.

In the round of 32, Bonomo was paired with Jake Schindler, another young but experienced rounder with more than $19 million in tournament winnings. Poker gods continued to be on Justin’s side, though, and he eliminated yet another opponent on his way to the bracelet.

In the money

Once the players moved into the round of 16, they were guaranteed a min-cash, although it is hard to believe that any of these high rollers would care for such minor issues. All of them had their eyes set on the main prize, including Niall Farrell, who was the second obstacle Justin Bonomo had to overcome.

Justin Bonomo

A mistimed shove by Farrell ran into pocket Kings of Justin Bonomo, marking the end of another match on Bonomo’s way to the ultimate victory

The luck smiled on him once again as Farrell decided to overplay his pocket 3s, moving in for almost 100 big blinds, only to run into Justin’s pocket Kings, and that was all she wrote.

In the next two matches, Bonomo first made quick work of Mark McGovern, continuing his great run. However, it seemed like he could be stopped just short of reaching the finals when he went head to head with Martijn GerritsGerrits had Justin on the ropes, taking 8 to 1 lead at one point, but the high roller was determined to prove this is the year of Bonomo, making a miraculous comeback and eventually winning the match.

Second Gold for Justin Bonomo

The last obstacle between Bonomo, the bracelet, and the $186,000 first place was Jason McConnonthe winner from the second semifinals. Unlike the previous match, Justin’s good fortune was back and he took control right from the get go and never relinquished it.

It took just short of 60 hands for the champion to be crowned when McConnon committed the little chips he had left with Q9 against pocket 4s of Justin Bonomo. The pair held up and it was all over. Bonomo claimed his second WSOP gold.

The Year of Bonomo

As mentioned, the latest victory, although it came with a bracelet, is just a small drop in the bucket of Bonomo’s success as of late. Just a few weeks ago, he claimed his biggest career cash after taking down the $300,000 2018 Super High Roller Bowl to the tune of $5,000,000.

Actually, Bonomo started 2018 with the bang, announcing things to come, coming in 2nd in the $100k PCA Super High Roller in January. After that, the successes kept coming, and in 2018, he’s already booked more than $14,000,000 in tournament cashes. And we still have almost half a year to go.

Justin Bonomo

Crossing the $14,000,000 mark in tournament cashes in 2018 alone, Bonomo is well on his way to break the impressive record of Fedor Holz from 2016

Justin Bonomo is on pace to crush Fedor Holz’s impressive run from 2016. The poker world was amazed by what young Holz managed to accomplish two years ago, but it seems Bonomo is determined to leave his mark and poker gods seem to be on his side.

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Ivan Potocki
Assistant Editor and Columnist at Beat The Fish
Ivan first started playing poker in 2006 and played professionally from 2010-2013. He holds a BA in English language and literature. Since joining the Beat The Fish team in 2016, Ivan has made an immediate impact, leading the news section and contributing numerous feature articles. You can reach Ivan directly at ivanpotocki@gmail.com

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