Justin Bonomo Wins Super High Roller Bowl China for $4.8 Million

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Justin Bonomo Wins Super High Roller Bowl China for $4.8 Million
23 Mar

32-year-old American poker pro Justin Bonomo took down the $270K buy-in 2018 Super High Roller Bowl China after defeating a star-studded field.

One of the biggest high rollers of the year was concluded at the Babylon Casino in Macau yesterday - the $270K Macau championship is up there with the annual $300K Aria Super High Roller Bowl, although perhaps not quite on the level of the $1 million buy-in returning WSOP Big One for One Drop.

Justin Bonomo is hardly concerned with that at the moment, however - he scored the biggest cash of his career by far with this $4.8 million. What makes his achievement even more impressive if we look at some of the names among the total 75 entries.

The invite-only tourney featured Phil Ivey, Bryn Kenney, Ike Haxton, Daniel 'Jungleman' Cates and many more from poker’s all-time greats. They battled for the biggest piece of the $18,539,610 prize pool.

With this result, Bonomo overtook  - among others - Sam Trickett, John Juanda, Phil Ivey and Phil Hellmuth in total live tournament earnings - he jumped from the 14th position all the way up to the 6th on the all-time money list with $25.19 million.

Bonomo fought his way through a final table as tough as can be, finally getting down to heads-up against Patrik Antonius, having the chip lead. 

In the last hand, Bonomo opened 57 of diamonds on the button, Antonious 3-bet with KT of hearts to almost 4 times his opponent’s initial raise, Bonomo called. The flop fell 8TJ, all diamonds- Although both players connected - especially Bonomo with his flopped flush - they both checked. On the 9h turn, Antonius checked again, Bonomo bet 40% pot (4.5 million into the 11 million chip pot), Antonius called. To the Finnish player’s demise, the Qs river gave him a straight. He led for 17 million, Bonomo shoved all-in after a little tanking, then Antonius called and saw the bad news.

With that Bonomo took home the $4.8 million first prize while Antonius got $3.15 million for his second-place finish.

The new champion reacted on Twitter as crisply as he could.

Super High Roller Bowl China Final Results:

1Justin Bonomo
2Patrik Antonius
3Rainer Kempe
4Dominik Nitsche
5Bryn Kenney
6Stephen Chidwick
7David Peters
8Isaac Haxton
9Jason Koon
10Daniel Cates
11Dan Smith

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