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Poker gods have chosen to favor Justin Bonomo (cover image) over Daniel Negreanu who survived risk of elimination just a day before the final table play in the $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl hosted at PokerGo studio and went on to emerge as the champion today.
The high-stakes tournament witnessed a super elite field of 48 players and Bonomo took home the championship title along with his career’s best score of $5 Million!
This also adds another shining entry on Bonomo’s scoreboard for the year, having shipped the Super High Roller Bowl China two months earlier, for $4.8 Million. Bonomo has raked in an overall 13 final-table cashes including six titles through 2018 till now. The American pro who emerged on the international poker felts nearly a decade back and has a WSOP bracelet in addition to numerous high roller victories now stands third on the All-time money list, with his career cashes crossing an overwhelming $31 Million.
On Day 3, however it seemed like Bonomo would bow out, when he went all-in with ace-ten suited over Christoph Vogelsang’s kings. The flop brought a ten but that wasn’t going to work so when the river brought an ace, Bonomo survived elimination on the bubble!
“It doesn’t feel like real life. It feels like I can’t lose. I almost said no matter what I do, but the truth is, I have really been trying my hardest and playing my A-game non-stop,” Bonomo said, talking about his win. “The Super High Roller Bowl is definitely the most prestigious tournament of the year, so this has to be the biggest win of my career.” he added.
Final Day Recap
Mikita Badziakouski started the final table with the chip lead with Daniel Negreanu and Bonomo close behind. In the very first hand, Koon picked pocket queens against Nick Petrangelo’s pocket tens eliminating the latter in sixth place.
Next, Vogelsang shoved with from the small blind and Badziakouski snap called with in the big blind. The flop improved Vogelsang’s hand but the turn and the on the river sealed his fate and Vogelsang was sent packing in fifth place.
Badziakouski was going strong in the event but after a failed bluff against Negreanu, he lost out big and finally settled for a fourth place finish. The hand in question saw Bonomo making a raise from the small blind, Badziakouski called from the big blind and the flop opened . Bonomo bet again and Badziakouski called too see the turn card open . Bonomo bet once more with his . This time, Badziakouski moved all-in with . With Bonomo holding a better kicker and the river opening , Badziakouski was knocked out in fourth place.
The three-handed play between Jason Koon, Negreanu and Bonomo was interrupted with Koon`s elimination at third place. On his last hand, Koon jammed and Bonomo called after asking for a count with . The flop brought Bonomo the bottom pair and on the turn sealed the pot for him while Koon walked out in third position.
After a short break, the heads up match between Bonomo and Daniel Negreanu got underway with the former in lead and it didn`t last long.
The final hand of the event saw Bonomo opening with on the button and Negreanu called with . The flop opened , a big betting round ensued and Negreanu checked-raised. Bonomo hit back with 1.25 million and Negreanu shoved all in for 4.4 million on which Bonomo called. His top set sent Negreanu stumbling. The turn brought and the river completed the full house for Bonomo – good to get him the title!
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Justin Bonomo – $5,000,000
2. Daniel Negreanu – $3,000,000
3. Jason Koon – $2,100,000
4. Mikita Badziakouski – $1,600,000
5. Christoph Vogelsang – $1,200,000
6. Nick Petrangelo – $900,000