Justin Bonomo: Live Pro Genius - Online Cash Game Loser!

Justin ZeeJustin Bonomos recent live tournament heater has thrust him into the limelight again – a $5million takedown of the Super High Roller Bowl taking him to number 3 on the all-time live tournament money-winners list behind Daniel Negreanu and Erik Seidel – but interestingly his online cash game skill has never been in the same league as his MTT play, as evidenced by his Full Tilt Poker graph below…

By: Andrew Burnett

Back in the mid-noughties, Bonomo was crushing the highstakes SNG’s on PartyPoker, MTT’s on PokerStars and more besides, but his career came to a grinding halt when it was found that he had been multi-accounting – logging on to as many as six PartyPoker accounts at the same time.

Funds confiscated, bans aplenty and the name ZeeJustin would carry the tarnish for a long time. 

Looking at his Full Tilt Poker results from when he returned to the online game in 2009 until Black Friday in the spring of 2011, it was clear Bonomo wasn’t really ready for the variance of the highest stakes cash games online – the early part of 2011 seeing him crash from a $½million profit into a $1million+ hole.

Taking on opponents of the calibre of Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom and Daniel ‘Jungleman12’ Cates can do that to the best of players, of course, but $200/400 NLHE can be pretty unforgiving!

Six months after Black Friday, ‘ZeeJustin’ moved to Malta with Ike Haxton as a poker refugee and a new – slightly better, but only in the relative sense – online cash game chapter would begin on PokerStars…

Another $½million profit was reduced to dust within a year, before a slight recovery - an eventual $150k or so upswing to leave him with something positive to take from his online play.

By this time 6 and even 7-figure live tournament scores were on Bonomo’s resume and he would leave his unprofitable online game behind him and focus on what he was best at – big scores in big live tournaments, where there is little doubt Bonomo has the skills and ability to go on to surpass Negreanu and Seidel at the top of the game.


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