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To Hell and Back: Justin Bonomo’s Rise, Fall, and Redemption

Two-Year Hot Streak Puts Online Poker Legend Back in Spotlight

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: Jan 22, 2014


Justin Bonomo’s last two years on the live poker circuit have been nothing short of heaven-sent. Bonomo’s hot run includes tournament cashes exceeding $4.4 million, not counting the spoils of high-stakes cash games. That’s not to imply lady luck was mostly responsible, as Bonomo’s work ethic and fierce competitive fire have long been known by his peers. It was a clear case of real world results (he now has more than $7.1 million in lifetime tournament winnings and sits inside the top ten in the Card Player Player of the Year race standings) catching up with the star potential that Bonomo displayed shortly after bursting onto the online tournament scene ten years ago. Yet eight years prior, it was a different story all together. Bonomo’s reputation and online poker’s legitimacy faced a trial by fire, compounded by Internet poker’s gray areas at the time. Bonomo had been branded a cheater. ...

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