2018 – The Year of Bonomo the Heads-Up King

On a rainy Saturday watching re-runs of Game of Thrones as I wait for play in the WSOP to kick-off for the day, Justin Bonomo came to mind.

By: Andrew Burnett

Strange but true, the vision of Tyrion Lannister being championed by Bronn to defend his life, successfully, in the Vale – and then Oberyn to face the Mountain in King’s Landing, not quite so successfully – immediately led me to Justin Bonomo, his recent tweet sealing the deal. Justin will be my champion should I ever face the world’s best heads-up!

 

 

Fifteen and one this year – with the one coming first - is a remarkable feat for any poker player, and the cries of ‘variance’ across every poker forum currently discussing Bonomo’s heater be damned. The man of the moment – an increasingly long moment - has found a way to outwit his last 15 opponents in the most nerve-wracking of situations and the biggest events in the world. Let’s take a look at his record in more detail…

WSOP $10k Heads Up

This week saw the culmination of three straight day’s play mano-a-mano, Bonomo seeing off the challenge of Jason McConnon for the bracelet, having already dispatched Martijn Gerrtis, Mark McGovern, Niall Farrell, Jake Schindler, David Laka, David Peters – a list of great names and relative unknowns alike.

 

 

A few days prior to the WSOP you might have expected Bonomo to have a little rest, but instead he was scoring an amazing double at the Aria, taking down two $25k High Rollers where he defeated Adrian Mateos and Rainer Kempe respectively…

 

 

…victories which came as Paul Campbell’s tweet says just days after the biggest win of his already illustrious career, defeating Daniel Negreanu to scoop $5million in the Super High Roller Bowl

 

 

Bonomo needed that win, as he had gone a full 3 weeks without one, early May seeing him take down an EPT $25k double, downing Ramin Hajiyev just two days after putting Steve O’Dwyer to the sword…

 

 

The year that has begun with a heads-up loss to Cary Katz in the $100k buy-in Super High Roller in the Bahamas was on an incredible roll, the China version of the Super High Roller Bowl held in Macau in March also going to Bonomo with a win against Patrik Antonius

 

 

…this following his US Poker Open $10k buy-in victory over Naim Boutros and the win that started his incredible streak of 15 wins, once again Adrian Mateos the gallant runner-up in the Lucky Hearts Open $25k event, a prescient Twilight Zone tweet setting the ball rolling…

 

 

The next instalment of Game of Thrones won’t appear until 2019, but I’d expect the next episode of Justin Bonomo’s heads-up heater to be upon us much, much sooner. All hail the champion – and don’t talk to me about variance!

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