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32-year-old Justin Bonomo (cover image) has been in hot pursuit of tournament titles all year long. After winning several events over the past two months, Bonomo has now grinded his heels firmly at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2018 in Las Vegas. The American pro, who was already a WSOP bracelet winner added yet another bracelet to his collection! Early on Saturday, Bonomo shipped the $10,000 Heads-Up No Limit Hold ‘em Championship where he took down a fiery field of 114 contestants and won the final heads-up against Jason McConnon to win the $185,965 first place prize!
The win now takes his career-total live earnings to $32,787,759 with earnings in WSOP events alone reaching $3,992,897. He has 47 WSOP cashes in all, including his scores from the WSOP Circuit and WSOP Europe tournaments.
“I think I’m dreaming. 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”, Bonomo said after winning the bracelet.
This isn’t his first WSOP win though. He had won the WSOP $1,500 NLHE Six-max event in 2014.
“The first bracelet definitely felt a lot more special. 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”, he added.
Participation in the three-day event created a prize pool of $1,071,600. On the way up the field, Bonomo won seven heads-up matches where he defeated David Peters, David Laka, Jake Schindler, Niall Farell, Mark McGovern, Martijn Gerrits, Jason McConnon on his way to the title.
“DPeters’ round one,” said Bonomo talking about the player he found the toughest. “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”, he pointed out.
Final Table Recap
After the previous day’s play where in a field of sixteen survivors, Kahle Burns was eliminated in eighth place, Nicolai Morris in seventh place, McGovern in sixth place and Jan Eric Schwippert was railed out in fifth place, the final four resumed the heads-up semi-finals on Day 3.
The first semi-final was held between Martijn Gerrits and Bonomo where the former got shunted out. When Gerrits raised all-in for 670,000 from the button, Bonomo called with . Gerrits, who had was struggling, and then the flop showed . Bonomo got a queen-high straight and also a flush draw. The match was already in Bonomo’s bag and the turn, on river bricked out for Gerrits who got relegated to the rail in fourth place.
The second semi-final brought Juan Pardo Dominquez and Jason McConnon together, and the former busted out leading the way for McConnon into the finals. The decisive moment in their heads-up came when Pardo announced 40,000 to go and McConnon called. The flop came on which McConnon checked. Then, Pardo put in another 25,000 and McConnon made the call. The turn was on which Pardo bet 200,000. Here, McConnon called and the river opened the . Pardo bet again, to 175,000 but McConnon decided to check-raise all in and Pardo called for 1,098,000 by tossing in a single chip. With McConnon showing for the flush and Pardo with for a set of aces, Pardo was busted out in third place.
The final match between Bonomo and McConnon was a no-brainer for Bonomo who had a big lead and didn’t have to opt for a single all in pot before the last hand. He just kept going till McConnon gave in.
In the last hand, McConnon raised to 150,000 from the button, Bonomo re-raised all in from the big blind and McConnon called with . Bonomo showed . The flop brought a straight draw for McConnon while Bonomo was still ahead. The on the turn added a flush draw for Bonomo. It all came to an end on the river, and unable to match up to Bonomo, McConnon was relegated to the runner-up place while Bonomo was crowned winner and bagged his second gold bracelet!
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Justin Bonomo – $185,965
2. Jason McConnon – $114,933
3. Juan Pardo Dominguez – $73,179
4. Martijn Gerrits – $73,179
5. Jan Eric Schwippert – $31,086
6. Mark McGovern – $31,086
7. Nicolai Morris – $31,086
8. Kahle Burns – $31,086
Content and Image courtesy WSOP.com
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