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Justin Bonomo Wins First World Series of Poker Bracelet

Bonomo Wins $449,980 For Toping $1,500 Six-Max No-Limit Hold'em Event


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Just days ago, Justin Bonomo finished runner-up, yet again, at the World Series of Poker. The 28-year-old took second in the $10,000 triple draw lowball event, once again falling short of his first career bracelet.

Bonomo has been consistently listed among the top players without a bracelet since he first finished runner-up at the WSOP to Erick Lindgren in a $5,000 mixed hold’em event in 2008. But on Wednesday night, Bonomo was happy to scratch his name off that list when he topped a field of 1,587 in the $1,500 six-max no-limit hold’em event, earning his coveted piece of jewelry along with the $449,980 first-place prize.

“After coming in second again the other day, I started thinking that maybe I shouldn’t worry so much about winning the bracelet and just concentrate on the money,” Bonomo said. “But then to have this actually happen, I see how important it is. It feels incredible.”

The victory wasn’t a walk in the park for Bonomo, who had to overcome a final table that included former Card Player Online Player of the Year Taylor Paur (6th), Daniel Strelitz (3rd) and Mike Sowers (2nd). Sowers held the chip lead to start heads-up play, but Bonomo battled back to take the title.

This was Bonomo’s third final table of the year, after finishing fourth in the APPT Macau Poker Cup back in January. With the 1,080 points he earned for this event, he now has 1,774 points total, putting him in 22nd place in the Card Player Player of the Year race. With a win and a runner-up finish, he now also has the lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race as well.

Here is a look at the final table results.

Place Player Winnings POY Points
1 Justin Bonomo $449,980 1,080
2 Mike Sowers $278,518 900
3 Daniel Strelitz $180,587 720
4 Lance Harris $119,977 540
5 Niel Mittelman $80,341 450
6 Taylor Paur $55,703 360

*Photo courtesy of the WSOP

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