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PCA 2019: Justin Bonomo is Back in Business With 1st Title of the Year at the $25K Single Day High Roller II For $383,650

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  • Attreyee K. Ganguly January 14, 2019
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The 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) is on its last legs now, with only the $10,300 PCA Main Event left to declare a winner. While the Main Event has been the main attract of the series thus far, the $25,000 Single-Day High Roller II that ran parallel to the Main Event was an action-packed event that was taken down by one of the best players in the business, Justin Bonomo (cover image).

The fast-paced event drew in 47 entries, creating a $1,128,470 prize pool. The event saw many big names gunning for the top prize including Alex Foxen, Adrian Mateos, Stephen Chidwick, Isaac Haxton, Steve O’Dwyer and Cary Katz, but Bonomo outshined them all to win his first live title of 2019!

The Fairfax, Virginia native currently holds the pole position in Hendon Mob’s All Time Money List, United States All Time Money List, Nevada and USA All Time Money List, as well as ranking 45th on the Global Poker Index.

Bonomo had a stellar 2018 wherein he won titles at the European Poker Tour (EPT) Monte Carlo, 2018 Super High Roller Bowl, Las Vegas and the 49th World Series of Poker (WSOP). While he won two gold bracelets last year, taking his bracelet tally to three, his most momentous win till date was in the $1,000,000 No Limit Hold’em The Big One for One Drop at the 2018 WSOP where he posted his career-best score of $10,000,000. His present live winnings stand tall at $43,612,809.

Bonomo started 2019 with a fourth-place finish in the $50,000 Single-Day High Roller at the 2019 PCA for $149,720. He continued his spectacular form in the $25K Single Day High Roller II and after nearly 11 hours of play, Bonomo trounced Jesus Cortes in heads-up play to grab the title and $383,650 in prize money.

You can catch the live stream of the final table action here.

Final Table Chip Counts

1. Jesus Cortes – 885,000

2. Justin Bonomo – 853,000

3. Igor Kurganov – 680,000

4. Henrik Hecklen – 650,000

5. David Peters – 625,000

6. Nick Petrangelo – 311,000

7. Steffen Sontheimer – 279,000

8. Mikita Badziakouski – 220,000

9. Pablo Cabrera – 190,000

Final Table Recap

With only the top six players slated to finish in the money, the nine-handed final table commenced amidst fierce competition and nail-biting action.

The first player to depart from the final table was Greek pro Pablo Cabrera. When Mikita Badziakouski raised to 25,000 from mid-position, Cabrera moved all-in from the hijack for 296,000. Steffen Sontheimer re-shoved from the cutoff and Badziakouski folded.

Pablo Cabrera

Steffen Sontheimer

The board ran and Sontheimer picked up two pairs of aces and kings on the board to eliminate Cabrera in ninth place.

Next to go was Danish pro Henrik Hecklen. He lost a big pot to David Peters and a level later, his failed to beat Sontheimer’s as the runout missed both players. Hecklen hit the rail in ninth place.

Belarusian pro and rising star Mikita Badziakouski became the unfortunate tournament bubble when his were cracked by Igor Kurganov’s , with the rundown not going in Badziakouski’s favour. He walked out of the competition in seventh place.

The first player to finish in the money was David Peters who went head-to-head with Justin Bonomo. Peters jammed from the small blind with and Bonomo quickly called from big blind with . The flop fell , Bonomo maintained his lead, while Peters had some outs for a backdoor straight. The turn and were the final nail in the coffin and Peters bounced out in sixth place.

David Peters
David Peters

About five minutes later, Sontheimer raised from the hijack with and Nick Petrangelo defended his big blind with . The flop came and Petrangelo moved all-in for about 300,000. Sontheimer called putting Petrangelo at risk. The and completed the board and Sontheimer’s hand bettered to three-of-a-kind aces which resulted in Petrangelo’s fifth place exit.

After a quick unscheduled break, the last four players came back to the felts and soon thereafter, PokerStars Team Pro Igor Kurganov‘s time at the final table ran out. His were overpowered by Bonomo’s which improved to a pair of tens on the board . Kurganov moved on to collect the fourth-place prize money.

Igor Kurganov
Igor Kurganov

Three-handed play between Steffen Sontheimer, Jesus Cortes and Justin Bonomo continued for over two hours. Towards the end of level 18, Sontheimer raised to 300,000 from the button with and Cortes moved all-in from the big blind with . Sontheimer snap-called for around 350,000 and the dealer turned over on the board. Cortes found a pair of kings on the turn which ended Sontheimer’s run in third place.

Sontheimer’s departure gave way to the heads-up battle between Justin Bonomo (2,400,000) and Jesus Cortes (2,300,000), While both players held almost identical stacks, Bonomo had a slight advantage over the latter. Right from the start Bonomo began asserting his dominance and though Cortes fought hard, ultimately, he was no match for the American poker superstar.

Jesús Cortes
Jesús Cortes

On the final hand of the event, Bonomo limped in on the button with and Cortes shoved all-in with from the big blind. Bonomo instantly called and the board revealed . Finding no help on the board, Cortes had to contend with the runner-up title as Bonomo began his year with a fantastic win at one of the most prestigious stops globally!

Justin Bonomo
Justin Bonomo

Final Table Results (USD)

1. Justin Bonomo – $383,650

2. Jesus Cortes – $265,200

3. Steffen Sontheimer – $169,280

4. Igor Kurganov – $129,780

5. Nick Petrangelo – $101,560

6. David Peters – $79,000

Image & Content courtesy: PokerStars/Pokernews

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