Justin Bonomo Wins PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final Super High Roller

Posted at 19:15 2012-04-26 by Donnie Peters

The PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Super High Roller played down to a champion on Wednesday. The man walking away with the title and €1.64 million first-place prize was start-of-the-day chip leader Justin Bonomo.

Bonomo was one of the seven players to re-enter this event, firing in two bullets worth €100,000 each. He was the only one of the seven to cash, and his move to re-enter ultimately proved to be correct. At the start of the day, Bonomo held over 40 percent of the chips in play at the final table. He never lost the lead, eliminating five players en route to victory.

The first player eliminated on the day was the short-stacked Eugene Katchalov, one of four Team PokerStars Pros to make the final table. He fell in eighth place to set the tournament on the official money bubble.

The bubble was a very large one, with the difference between cashing and not a whopping €310,000. Falling in seventh place was 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel after he ran into the pocket aces of Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier.

With the blinds at 15,000/30,000/4,000, Grospellier raised to 60,000 from the hijack seat. Duhamel reraised all in from the small blind and Grospellier quickly called after Daniel Negreanu folded from the big blind. Grospellier rolled over the {A-Diamonds}{A-Clubs} and Duhamel's {K-Spades}{Q-Spades} was in bad shape. Duhamel was drawing dead on the turn and headed out the door empty-handed.

Shortly after Duhamel's exit burst the bubble, Negreanu was all in preflop with{A-Clubs}{K-Clubs} against Bonomo's pocket tens. The dealer flopped Bonomo a set of tens, and he held from there to send Negreanu out the door in sixth place.

Fifth place belonged to Japan's Masa Kagawa as he fell at the hands of both Bonomo and Tobias Reinkemeier. In a three-way all-in pot, Reinkemeier held {J-Diamonds}{J-Spades}, Bonomo {J-Clubs}{J-Hearts} and Kagawa {K-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}. The board ran out {9-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{A-Clubs} to chop Kagawa out of the tournament.

Patrik Antonius was eliminated in fourth place after he stuck the last of his chips in on a {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{K-Hearts}{9-Hearts} board with {A-}{K-}. His hand was second best to Bonomo's {J-}{10-}, giving Bonomo a massive chip lead with only Reinkemeier and Grospellier in his way.

Grospellier was the third-place finisher when he jammed a combo draw against Bonomo's top pair and failed to get there, setting up the heads-up battle between Reinkemeier and Bonomo. When the match began, Bonomo had a massive advantage with 9.58 million chips to Reinkemeier's 1.675 million. From there, things didn't last too long.

On the final hand, Reinkemeier opened the button to 125,000 with the blinds at 25,000/50,000/5,000. Bonomo three-bet to 350,000, and Reinkemeier moved all in for around 1.5 million. Bonomo called and tabled the {A-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}. Reinkemeier held the {4-Clubs}{4-Spades}.
The flop came down {A-Hearts}{K-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} and Bonomo took the lead with top pair. The {10-Spades} turn left Reinkemeier needing a four on the river to double up and stay alive. The dealer burned one final time and then dealt the {7-Diamonds} on the river. Reinkemeier had missed and was eliminated in second place.

Before this win, Bonomo's largest score came in 2009 when he took fifth in the WSOP's $40,000 No-Limit Hold'em event for $413,165. When we wrote Bonomo's bio, we said that if he cashed, he'd eclipse the $3 million mark for live tournament cashes. Not only has he done that, but he has surpassed the $5 million mark, as well, and scored the second major title of his career.

Final Table Payouts

Place Player Prize
1 Justin Bonomo €1,640,000
2 Tobias Reinkemeier €1,064,000
3 Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier €621,000
4 Patrik Antonius €443,000
5 Masa Kagawa €354,500
6 Daniel Negreanu €310,000

Our very own Lynn Gilmartin spoke with Bonomo table side after his victory.

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