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Poker Prodigy Series – Justin Bonomo

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Poker Prodigy Series Justin Bonomo

At Joe Wager, this week’s next installment of our Poker Prodigy Series is Justin Bonomo.

Justin Bonomo’s Final Tables at 19

Back in 2005, Justin Bonomo announced himself on the big stage in poker when, at the age of nineteen, he made the final table of the EPT (European Poker Tour) in Deauville, eventually finishing fourth.

Justin Bonomo Online Poker Career

Like several of poker’s top players, Justin Bonomo transitioned from being a “Magic the Gathering” player to a top online poker player. Bonomo started out at Party Poker where in 2006 he won an online tournament for over $100,000 under the alias of “ZeeJustin”, which has followed him as his nickname throughout his illustrious career.

Between 2008 and 2010, Justin Bonomo became the online poker ambassador for Bodog. However, since 2010, Bonomo has redirected his focus and energies into the world of live poker with huge success in the biggest tournaments.

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Justin Bonomo Has Over $60,000,000 in Live Poker Winnings

Nearly twenty years after he began playing poker both live and online, Bonomo is approaching $60 million in live poker earnings. Recent seasons have seen him constantly leading the way as number #1 or #2 money winner on the all-time list from all live poker’s biggest events around the world.

Justin Bonomo’s WSOP achievements

In the process, Bonomo has proved himself to be the ultimate poker grinder in recent years, playing a full WSOP schedule. He currently has 55 live cashes for $14,292,554 in winnings from the series and three WSOP Bracelets.

  • 2014: $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Six-handed
  • 2018: $10,000 Heads up No Limit Hold’em
  • 2018: $1,000,000 No Limit Hold’em One Drop

His greatest achievement at the World Series of Poker was winning the $1,000,000 No limit Hold’em for One Drop for a $10 million first prize.

2018 Was a Crazy Year for Justin Bonomo

Not only did Justin Bonomo have his best WSOP series in 2018, but the year went supersonic with further success around the globe. Amazingly, Bonomo accumulated a further ten tournament victories in ten high roller events to prove his domination at the highest level. His biggest wins were the Aria $300,000 entry high roller, for which he won $5 million, and the Macau Super High Roller, for a $4.8 million first prize.

In recent times, Justin Bonomo has been making the headlines for other reasons than his prodigious poker ability. He has become an advocate for polyamory while also donating to SENS, a life-extending research project.

Then, last November, Bonomo became controversially embroiled on social media when tweeting on X (formerly known as Twitter) and discussing his support for Hamas. This drew a slew of disgust from his poker-playing peers who thought he should not be getting involved in the humanitarian issue.


Joe Wager’s Final Thoughts on Justin Bonomo

At Joe Wager, we investigated the twenty-year career at the top of poker by Justin Bonomo from when he announced himself at the highest level as a teenager back in 2005 at the EPT in Deaville, France.

The year after, in 2006, Bonomo won one of the biggest online tournaments for over $100,000 under the alias “ZeeJustin”, a nickname that he is now widely known by.

He became a brand ambassador for Bodog between 2008-2010. However, his real success was back in the live poker sphere during the last decade, becoming the biggest-ever earner with winnings over $60,000,000 and showing no signs of slowing down.

2018 was an epic one for Bonomo, winning two WSOP bracelets and another ten live high roller events around the globe. There is no doubt that Bonomo loves being in the limelight at the top of world poker, but in recent times, it is his promotion of other ideals on social media that has garnered him unwanted attention from the poker community for the wrong reasons.

Here at Joe Wager, we believe Bonomo should get back to what he does best, winning the biggest poker tournaments around the world and extending his lead as the game’s highest earner.

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Craig Edwards
Craig Edwards, an online tipster in golf and snooker for over four years, boasts a track record of 7800 bets with a 28% return on investment. A snooker professional from 1988 to 1996, he was once a single-figure handicap golfer. Achieving the 282nd position in the WSOP MAIN EVENT in 2007, Craig possesses a unique insight into the psychological shifts of professional sportsmen, anticipating their mindset week by week.

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