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Justin Bonomo Wins His Third Super High Roller Bowl Title

The 2018 SHRB and SHRB China Champion Earned $1,775,000 For Taking Down The First-Ever SHRB Online


The Super High Roller Bowl moved online for the first time ever in 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The event became a 28-event series hosted on partypoker, with 27 preliminary events capped off by the marquee $102,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event. The centerpiece of the series attracted a total of 50 entries, creating a prize pool of $5,000,000 to be paid out amongst the top seven finishers. In the end, the largest share of that money was awarded to Justin Bonomo. The 34-year-old American poker pro took home $1,775,000 and his third career Super High Roller Bowl title, having won both the Super High Roller Bowl and the Super High Roller Bowl China back in 2018. He is the first player ever to win three SHRB titles.

This event does not count towards Bonomo’s career live tournament earnings total. He remains in second place on poker’s all-time money list with $49,135,608 in career live cashes. Over $25.5 million of that prize money was won in 2018, the year that saw him win two SHRB events, two WSOP bracelets, and six other titles. The three-time bracelet winner made a total of 23 live final tables that year.

The marquee event of this year’s SHRB Online series ran over the course of two days, June 1-2. The first saw the field narrowed to just 13 players, with Ali Imsirovic holding the chip lead when play ended. It took over two hours for the field to be narrowed down to the final table, but the final eight would not all make the money. Orpen Kisacikoglu was ultimately knocked out on the money bubble when he ran ADiamond SuitKHeart Suit into the KSpade SuitKDiamond Suit of two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Michael Addamo. Kisacikoglu failed to improve and his elimination locked up at least a $212,500 payday for the other seven at the virtual table.

The next player to be knocked out was Sam Greenwood. Facing a cutoff min-raise from Bonomo and a small-blind shove from Dan Shak for around 30 big blinds, Greenwood called all-in with 7Spade Suit7Diamond Suit for about 26 big blinds. Bonomo bowed out and it was Greenwood’s pair against the AClub SuitKHeart Suit of Dan Shak. The flop brought a king and Shak never looked back from there. Greenwood took home the previously mentioned sum of $212,500 for his deep run.

Swiss online poker star Linus Loeliger was the next player to hit the rail. He got his last chips in ahead with ADiamond SuitQSpade Suit against the AClub SuitJDiamond Suit of Pauli Ayras, but a jack-high flop and no improvement for Loeliger on the turn or river saw him bow out in sixth place ($250,000).

Dan Shak had surged to the top of the leaderboard earlier after busting Sam Greenwood, but had fallen down the chip counts since. He ultimately got his last chips in with ADiamond SuitKClub Suit up against the 10Spade Suit10Heart Suit of Bonomo. The pocket pair held up and Shak’s run came to an end in fifth place ($325,000).

The next major all-in confrontation also involved a preflop race with a pocket pair up against A-K. This time it was Pauli Ayras who has the overcards up against the 4Diamond Suit4Club Suit of Addamo. The QHeart Suit6Diamond Suit5Spade Suit3Spade Suit9Spade Suit runout was no help to Ayras, who earned $487,500 as the fourth-place finisher.

With that Addamo overtook the lead, with Bonomo in second and 2016 Card Player Player of the Year award winner David Peters on the short stack. Peters more or less committed himself preflop with AClub Suit5Diamond Suit, raising to 900,000 from the button and leaving himself just 225,000 behind. Addamo called with 10Heart Suit10Club Suit and then lead out for the rest of Peters chips after the flood came down 7Diamond Suit6Heart Suit5Heart Suit. Peters called and was in need of an ace or a five. The QSpade Suit turn and 3Diamond Suit sealed his fate. Peters was awarded $762,500 for his third-place showing.

Addamo took 9,707,000 into heads-up play against Bonomo, who sat with 5,293,000. The two traded the lead multiple times, but it was Bonomo who held nearly a 2-to-1 advantage by the time the final hand was dealt. Addamo limped in from the button for 300,000 and Bonomo shoved all-in holding KHeart Suit5Diamond Suit. Addamo quickly called for his stack of 5,200,000 total with QSpade SuitQClub Suit. The board ran out KDiamond Suit10Heart Suit3Heart SuitKClub Suit3Diamond Suit and Bonomo made a full house to secure the pot and the title. Addamo earned $1,187,500 as the runner-up.

Here is a look at the payouts awarded at the final table:

Place Name Earnings
1 Justin Bonomo $1,775,000
2 Michael Addamo $1,187,500
3 David Peters $762,500
4 Pauli Ayras $487,500
5 Dan Shak $325,000
6 Linus Loeliger $250,000
7 Sam Greenwood $212,500