As he gets fondly referred to, Justin Bonomo, or Zee Justin, is an American high stakes professional poker player and a former Magic the Gathering competitor. Justin was the youngest player to be featured at a televised final table in Feb 2005, where he placed fourth in the inaugural year of the EPT, at 19 years old.
Bonomo resides in Las Vegas, NV and has 3 Bracelets to his name, and his current net worth is in the region of $43 million. Justin currently occupies the first position on the All Time Money List based on his total live earnings.
Justin’s Gambling Career
In 2005 Bonomo became the first teenager to make a live appearance at a poker event, and this was during the European Poker French Open. In 2008 he earned his first victory at the Team Championship Poker Tournament and participated in the No Limit Texas Hold ’em Dream Team Championship for $18000.
Bonomo had 55 cashes in the World Series of Poker, made 19 final tables and victoriously walked away with three bracelets and 1 circuit ring. His first bracelet he won in 2014 in No-Limit Hold ’em Six-Handed and saw him earn $449,980. In the previous events, he placed second, quoting on Twitter, “Always a bridesmaid never a bride.”
His luck turned when in 2018, Bonomo won Event #16, the $10000 Heads Up No Limit Championship, winning a tidy sum of $185 965. Shortly after that win, he won Event #78, the $1000 000 One Drop for $10 000 000. By winning this event, he overtook Daniel Negreanu as number 1 as the top love tournament champion until being surpassed by Brynn Kenney in 2019.
Before becoming a Poker champion, Bonomo got caught in 2006 at Pokerstars entering online poker tournaments using multiple accounts. He got banned from two sites costing him thousands of dollars in winnings. As of August 2019, Justin Bonomo’s’ live tournament winnings were at $48 508 778 making him the second-highest tournament earner after Brynn Kenney.