Justin Bonomo Cannot be Stopped, Wins $10,000 Heads-Up Championship

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Jun/09/2018

Daniel Negreanu who?  Phil Ivey who?  Phil Hellmuth who?  There is a new sheriff in town and his name is Justin Bonomo, shattering records in the world of poker.

Bonomo, who's been around for some time but may not yet be as recognizable a name as the aforementioned players, had tied Fedor Holz for most wins in a given year and only sat behind eight cashes, one final table, and $2,186,264 in winnings heading into this week, and the year was only halfway over.

Now Bonomo wins again, this time at the $10K Heads-Up Championship.

He defeated 114 players in the $10,000 no-limit hold’em heads-up championship event, adding another $185,965 to his WSOP career earnings.

“I think I’m dreaming,” said Bonomo. “I think that this is not real life and I think that’s the secret. Just win in your dreams because there you can actually win every tournament.”

With his second bracelet win, Bonomo moved over the $4 million mark in World Series of Poker winnings alone. His first bracelet came in the 2014 $1,500 no-limit hold’em six-max event.

“The first bracelet definitely felt a lot more special,” said Bonomo. “I had four second-place finishes at that time without a first-place finish. Now, I don’t really have to feel like I have to get any monkey off my back anymore or kill any kind of curse. The significance of this one just means my insane winning streak isn’t over. I just hope it continues.”

En route to victory, Bonomo won seven separate heads-up matches. He bested David Peters, David Laka, Jake Schindler, Niall Farrell and Mark McGovern to get to the final day of play.

“Relative to how I was feeling, ‘DPeters’ round one [was my toughest opponent],” said Bonomo. “You certainly don’t want to be playing a player that caliber in round one. I did get paired with Jake Schindler in round three, but our match only lasted three hands, so that wasn’t mentally tough or anything. It’s quite possible that my opponent in the finals, Jason, was the toughest opponent I played against for this specific field.”

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