When you're hot... you're hot. Poker players are prone to runs and rushes. Supposedly there's no scientific proof behind a rush, but tell that to someone who's in the middle of one. One thing is for certain, when you're running awesome... you're playing super confident and trust all of your reads. When you're running bad, you second guess everything.
Justin Bonomo is in the middle of as smoking hot of a run as I've ever seen. He's won $15M since late March. Sweet Jebus, talk about a 10-11 week heater for the ages! Bonomo summed it up: "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."
One of the potential storylines for the 2018 WSOP was... would the red-hot pros who recently won SHR affairs, Jason Koon and Justin Bonomo, continue the run-good? And have it translate into a piece of bling. Well, talk about being on point. It only took 10 days before Bonomo stepped into the WSOP winner's circle.
Justin Bonomo won the Event #16 $10,000 NL Championship... for his second career bracelet. He had a string of disappointing final table appearances including the dreaded "bridesmaid" role of a runner-up. Before he won his first bracelet in 2014, Bonomo suffered from four (yeah, four) second-place finishes.
In 2016, Bonomo was a bridesmaid twice that summer with a second-place finish in the $50K Players Championship and second-dog in a $1,500 HORSE event. He also had a pair of third-place finishes too. It was a great summer overall with 4 final tables, but slightly disappointing one.
The way he's running, there's no doubt he's the heavy favorite to win multi-bracelets this summer.
Moving on… over in Event #13 Big Blind Antes, they needed an additional fourth day to play down to a champ. Ben Moon defeated France's Romain Lewis heads-up for the bracelet.
Event #16 $10,000 Heads-Up NL Championship - Final Results
In the semi-finals, Bonomo picked off the Dutchie Martijn Gerrits, who was trying to become the first player from the Netherlands to win a WSOP bracelet. Pardo Dominguez from Spain lost his heads-up semi-finals match against Jason McConnon.
British online grinder McConnon lost heads-up against Bonomo. I mean, did he even have to play? It was like Game 4 of the NBA Finals... a mere afterthought. Everyone in the universe knew ZeeJustin was going to win ZeeHU bracelet. But kudos to McConnon for the effort. The young Brit got as close as anyone to busting Bonomo.
Bonomo's other victims in Event #16 included David Peters, David Laka, Jake Schindler, Niall Farrell and Mark McGovern. Talk about a tough-tough list of pros he had to go through. Well deserved.
Only the top 8 places paid out in Event #16, or the Elite Eight were awarded cash bonuses in this event. McConnon won $115K for second place. Pardo Dominguez and Martijn Gerrits won $73K for advancing to the Final Four.
Meanwhile, German pro Jan Eric Schwippert, Scotland's Mark McGovern, Nicolai Morris, and Aussie Kahle Burns rounded out the quarterfinals. They all banked $31K each.
Among those who went deep, but missed the money... French bracelet winner Julien Martini, British pro Niall Farrell, Scott Seiver, Galen Hall, Greg Goldberg, Danny McAulay, and Jason Mo.
On Twitter, Bonomo mentioned he won his last overall 8 heads-up battles in addition to the seven victorious rounds at the WSOP HU event. Whoa, cowboy! That's 15 straight heads-up matches Bonomo won. When you're hot... you're hot.
Bonomo nearly doubled his career earnings in the last 3 months and currently has $32.7 million. That's good for third place overall trailing Erik Seidel and Daniel Negreanu. Bonomo is closing in on $15 million in cashes in 2018 alone. And it's only the first week of June. He's won the bulk of that since winning a Macau Super High Roller Bowl event in March for a $4.8M score. To put the $15M number in perspective, fewer than 30 players in the history of poker have won over $15M over their careers. And Bonomo earned $15 in a few months.
He's won $5.8 million in Las Vegas since his victory at the SHRB at the Aria the week before the WSOP began. Yeah, it the last 2 weeks since shipping $5M at the SHRB, Bonomo banked an additional $660K by winning two $25K High Rollers at the Aria.
Bonomo won his first bracelet in the summer of 2014, when he binked the $10K 6-max for $450K. He finally got off the schneid and was no longer at the top of the list of "Best pros to never win a bracelet." Bonomo finally broke his WSOP cherry and the win ended his streak of four runner-up finishes.
At the 2016 WSOP, Bonomo went super-deep with four final tables, but he had to settle for two runner-ups and two third-place finishes when he fell short (2-2-3-3) in his quest to win his second bracelet.
Bonomo is closing in on 50 cashes at the WSOP. He's won over $4.1M in WSOP events. Bonomo made 18 final tables, yet only went to the promised land twice. For someone as skilled as Bonomo, even he couldn't always bring the end-game magic. That is... until now.
2018 WSOP - Event #16 $10,000 Heads-Up NL Championship
Prize Pool: $1,071,600
Final Eight Results:
1. Justin Bonomo (USA) $185,965
2. Jason McConnon (U.K.) $114,933
3. Pardo Dominguez (Spain) $73,179
4. Martijn Gerrits (Netherlands) $73,179
5. Jan Eric Schwippert (Germany) $31,086
6. Mark McGovern (Scotland) $31,086
7. Nicolai Morris (USA) $31,086
8. Kahle Burns (Australia) $31,086
Event #13 Big Blind Antes $1,500 NL - Final Results
The Big Blind Antes event made its debut at the WSOP. The Big Blind Antes debate has been the most-recent tweak to help speed up the game. Whether or not Big Blind Antes will become the norm is still up to a heated debate.
The WSOP added this new format to the schedule to test it out. The players who love it... really love it. While the pros who hate it... really really really loathe it.
Ah, yet another polarizing topic to whip up poker players into a frenzy.
Ben Moon picked off French pro Romain Lewis heads-up for the victory. Lewis was ahead when heads-up began, but Moon pulled off the come-from-behind victory.
Lewis banked approximately $105K for a second-place finish. Moon walked away with his first piece of bling and $315K in cash.
The final table included Dutch Boyd, who busted first and in ninth place. Also rounding out the final table were Colin Robinson, Steven Snyder, Nhathanh Nguyen, Bohdan Slyvinskyi, Eric Polirer, and Raymond Ho.
German pro and Stud guru Jan Von Halle went deep, but he busted just before the final nine when he bubbled off the final table in tenth place.
Only the top 196 places got a cut of the cheesecake. Notables who cashed in this Big Blind Antes event included... Shaun Deeb, Steve Song, Romain Villar, David Leatherman, Justin Young, Dylan Wilkerson, Sylan Linde, Mike Ortiz, Quang Ngo, Corey Zedo, Dan Strelitz, Ankush Mandavia, Vojtech Ruzicka, Clayton Maguire, Ken Perry, Jeff Madsen, Manug Loeser, Orlando Romero, Keith Sims, Matt Frank, Nate Silver, Aditya Agarwal, Sam Cohen, Dalton Brinker, Yin Liu, Jean Gaspard, Nick Schulman, Jon Duhamel, Brett Bader, Jeff Gross, Hoang Doan, Dominik Nitsche, Todd Wittles, Bobby Brown, Mike Leah, Vuong Duo, Vlad Darie, Cole Jackson, Peter Eichardt, Park Yu Cheung, Taylor Black, Elizabeth Tedder, Thomas Besnier, Billy Pan, Erwann Pecheux, and Jesus Ferguson.
Jesus Ferguson has now cashed in four events this summer, but it's been a bunch of min-cashes for a combined $7,500.
The Club Poker WSOP Name of the Day goes to... Rand Veal. Awesome name. Sounds like a character from a southern Gothic novel, or something out of a William Faulkner manuscript.
2018 WSOP - Event #13 Big Blind Antes $1,500 NL
Prize Pool: $1,763,100
Final Table Results:
1. Benjamin Moon (USA) $315,346
2. Romain Lewis (France) $194,837
3. Colin Robinson (USA) $138,938
4. Steven Snyder (USA) $100,268
5. Nhathanh Nguyen (USA) $73,242
6. Bohdan Slyvinskyi (USA) $54,160
7. Eric Polirer (USA) $40,549
8. Raymond Ho (USA) $30,742
9. Dutch Boyd (USA) $23,605