Justin Bonomo Wins $185,965 in $10k WSOP Heads Up Championship

6 months ago
Justin Bonomo Wins $185,965 in $10k WSOP Heads Up Championship
13:32
09 Jun

Six months ago Justin Bonomo was 17th seed in the cash stakes. Today he’s 3rd, having taken down over $14.7million of cashes in various events since January. We can hardly credit his current godmode-ing over the tournament scene; in fact, it seems like can barely believe the rush he’s on.

Now he’s taken down $185,965, his second bracelet, and the title of WSOP Heads Up Champion to add to his Scrooge McDucky vault of trinkets and cash.


“The first bracelet definitely felt a lot more special. I had four second-place finishes at that time without a first-place finish,” he told the interviewers, on the sound stage in the Rio’s Poker Room. “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 that my insane winning streak isn't over.”

It’s gotta feel like the black magic is working the other way now.


Clear Eyes, Heads Up, Can’t Lose

The format, like all heads up tourneys, took the usual weird turn without a neat number of brackets to work with most of the field ratholed half their entry fees and played a satellite match to get into the Super Sweet Sixty-four.

As a result of the refunded re-buys the 114 entrants ended up making for a $571,600 prize pool of which $185,965 would be going to the bracelet winner.


Big players who made it through the pre-64 round included Dario Sammartino, Phil Ivey, Chris Ferguson and Jake Schindler. While some big names like Phil Hellmuth didn’t even make it that far.

In the end though, they needn’t have bothered entering it. It was Justin’s tournament. Everyone else was just playing in it.


Final results:

1Justin Bonomo
$185,965
2Jason McConnon
$114,933
3Juan Pardo Dominguez
$73,179
4Martijn Gerrits
$73,179
5Jan-Eric Schwippert
$31,086
6Mark McGovern
$31,086
7Nicolai Morris
$31,086
8Kahle Burns
$31,086

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Jon is a freelance writer and novelist who learned to play poker after watching Rounders in year 9. He has been giving away his beer money at cards ever since. Currently he is based in Bristol where he makes sporadic donations to the occasional live tournament or drunken late night Zoom session. He ...Read more

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