This week, Justin Bonomo added a Super MILLION$ title to his poker resume. (photo courtesy: Poker Central)
High-stakes tournament heavyweight and former All-Time Money List leader Justin Bonomo emerged from the middle of the final table chip counts in the 35th edition of the $10K GGPoker Super MILLION$ to capture the $430,646 first-place prize and add yet another title to his incredibly long list of poker accomplishments.
Prior to this week, Bonomo has cashed in four of his 15 Super MILLION$ appearances for $316,653 including a final table in November 2020 where he earned $221,477 in a third-place finish.
Bonomo is, of course, no stranger to playing against elite competition and this week was just another chance for him to test himself against some of the toughest players in the game. Russian crusher Artur Martirosian, former #1-ranked Niklas Astedt, New Zealand’s David Yan, and, making back-to-back final table appearances, Nick Petrangelo all had a seat in this week’s final nine.
Astedt, at his ninth Super MILLION$ final table, started the day on the short stack. After roughly 40 minutes of play, his stack had dwindled to fewer than five big blinds. When Petrangelo opened with , Astedt moved all-in with . Action folded back to Petrangelo who made the call. The board ran out giving Petrangelo top-two and eliminating Astedt in ninth for $53,831, an amount good enough to propel him back above Michael Addamo as the current All-Time Super MILLION$ money leader.
Shortly after, on the button, ‘Face-O’ moved all-in for his final 12 big blinds with . From the small blind, ‘OscarBrown’ made the call holding and the flop fell keeping the pocket tens in the lead. The turn came the giving ‘OscarBrown’ additional flush outs to go with his two overs. The river was the bringing in the runner-runner backdoor flush for ‘OscarBrown’ and sending ‘Face-O] home in eighth place for $69,810.
With seven left, satellite winner ‘DaanOss’ raised four of his final five big blinds with . ‘OscarBrown’ moved in over the top with for just a little more. Then, from the big blind, Bonomo called the all-in holding . ‘DaanOss’ then committed the last of his chips and the trio saw the flop run out . The on the turn gave ‘OscarBrown’ top pair and the sealed the deal. ‘OscarBrown’ nearly tripled up while ‘DaanOss’ exited in seventh for $90,532.
After the second break, David Yan opened with the and from the small blind the chip leading ‘RRomashka’ made the call with . From the big blind Petrangelo three-bet shoved his 22 big blind stack with . Yan, with not much left, made the call and ‘RRomashka’ folded. The gave Yan some additional straight and backdoor flush outs. But the [ turn and river were of no help and Yan left in sixth place for $117,406.
Three hands later it was Martirosian at risk. Folded to Bonomo in the small blind, he shipped with into Martirosian’s ten big blind stack. With , Martirosian made the call with his tournament on the line. Bonomo hit his kicker on the flop and the pair held through the turn and river. Martirosian added another $153,256 to his $1.245 million Super MILLION$ earnings for his fifth-place finish.
On the button with four players left, ‘OscarBrown’ raised holding the . Still holding the chip lead, ‘RRomashka’ made the call with the . The flop provided plenty of action with both holding top pair and a flush draw. ‘RRomashka’ checked, ‘OscarBrown’ bet, ‘RRomashka’ shipped all-in, and ‘OscarBrown’ quickly called with his dominating hand. But that changed when the hit the turn, giving ‘RRomashka’ two pair and leaving ‘OscarBrown’ looking for help. The river was the brick and in their first cash in a Super MILLION$, ‘OscarBrown’ finished in fourth place for $197,452.
Three-handed, Bonomo and ‘RRomashka’s stacks evened out leaving Petrangelo as the short stack. Bonomo raised on the button with , ‘RRomashka’ called with the [qs, and Petrangelo moved all in for his final sixteen big blinds with . Bonomo shoved, ‘RRomashka’ folded, and the board ran out eliminating Petrangelo in third place for the second week in a row. Petrangelo took home $256,064 this week for a two-week total of $508,521.
Bonomo entered heads-up play with a four-to-one chip lead and never let it go against the aggressive ‘RRomashka’. In the final hand of the tournament, Bonomo limped the button with and ‘RRomashka’ checked their option with . The flop flop came . ‘RRomashka’ checked to Bonomo who put out a small bet. ‘RRomashka’ check-raised and with middle pair, Bonomo made the call. The turn gave Bonomo trips but it was ‘RRomashka’ who led pot. Bonomo flatted and the hit the river. ‘RRomashka’ fired the third bullet, shipping his stack with king-high only to be immediately called by Bonomo. ‘RRomashka’ started the day as the chip leader and ended it as the runner-up earning $332,073.
Super MILLION$ Final Table Results (2/9)
1. Justin Bonomo – $430,6462. ‘RRomashka’ – $332,0733. Nick Petrangelo – $256,0644. ‘OscarBrown’ – $197,4525. Artur Martirosian – $152,2566. David Yan – $117,4067. ‘DaanOss’ – $90,5328. ‘Face-O’ – $69,8109. Niklas Astdet – $53,831