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Poker Stories Promo – Justin Bonomo

by Card Player News Team |  Published: Jun 21, 2017

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Poker Stories is a new, long-form audio series that features casual interviews with some of the game’s best players and personalities. Each episode highlights a well-known member of the poker world and dives deep into their favorite tales both on and off the felt.

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Age: 31
Turned Pro: 2006
Hometown: Fairfax, Virginia
Live Tournament Earnings: $15.1 million
Best Score: 1st Place – 2012 EPT Grand Final Super High Roller ($2,167,588)

The Highlights

On the easy days of online poker…

“I realized online poker is so easy, nobody has any idea what they are doing. For sit-n-go’s, I figured out push/fold ranges when other people still had no idea that was a thing. People were just starting to figure out ICM (Independent Chip Model). Poker was so easy I could have trained a monkey to make $100,000 a year. I calculated that I was making a little over $300 an hour. But I’m really proud of myself for having the foresight to know that good money doesn’t stay that easy forever, so I needed to play as much I could [back then].”

On how poker affected his life…

“From an inward perspective, it does wear down on me. Every day, I’m literally forced to hide my emotions. What I didn’t realize is that it was affecting my everyday life. I would be less excitable about fun things, I would smile less often. I had been dating a girl for two years before she told that I was hard to read and never expressed my emotions. Once she told me that, it was kind of a turning point in my life. I [had to] literally practice smiling…”

On how Black Friday changed everything…

“I had my best month in poker in March of 2011, right before it happened. Then boom. All of a sudden, all of my money is locked up, I don’t have a job anymore, and my girlfriend says she’s going to break up with me if I quit poker for her. It was a rough time. We had a core group of eight people. At the World Series of Poker in 2012, we were having dinner at a sushi restaurant in Vegas. The eight of us had all lived at Panorama [Towers] together, and a year later, we were now in seven different cities and six different countries across the world.”

On one of his proudest poker accomplishments…

“When I was 19, I was playing in my second EPT, which was Deauville season 1. I made the televised final table, which meant that I was the first teenager to ever be on TV for poker. That’s something that no one will ever take away from me, it will always be true.”

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