Justin Bonomo Wins Triton Short Deck Main Event In London
Justin Bonomo has added a second Triton Short Deck title to his resume.
The Virginia native captured the 2019 Triton Super High Roller Series London £100,000 Short Deck Main Event for a whopping £2,670,000 ($3,240,886), after coming out on top of a field of 108 entrants, comprised of some of the best high-stakes players in the world.
Bonomo began the final day just second in chips but things quickly went in his favour after limp-raising several pots during the initial stages of play. The 33-year-old regularly plays No-Limit Hold’em and started to develop interest in Short Deck last year, entering events in the action-filled variant. Despite winning in these tournaments, Bonomo admitted he isn’t really into crazy all-ins as he finds them incredibly stressful.
Bonomo was recently overtaken by Bryn Kenney as the leader of Hendon Mob’s All-Time Money List after the latter finished as runner up in the Triton Million – A Helping Hand for Charity, the biggest event in poker history, for an astonishing $20,563,324. Bonomo said his future plans include playing less poker, and that means he may never regain the top spot. This was something that he was totally fine with considering that being No. 1 on the All-Time Money List was never his goal.
Bonomo climbed his way to the top of the All Time Money list after an excellent run last year where he earned more than $25 million in tournament winnings. He was able to surpass long-time leader Daniel Negreanu after capturing the 2018 $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop event for $10 million. Bonomo said he is completely satisfied with how things turned out career-wise, adding that he has nothing left to prove to anyone and is considering retirement.
Final Table Action
There was no shortage of action on the final day of the event with so much money at stake. Some of the players that made it to the final table included Ming Zhong Liu of Hong Kong, American Isaac Haxton and France’s Rui Cao. The final four players left at the table were Triton co-founder Paul Phua, Justin Bonomo, China’s Liang Xu and Wai Kin Yong who won the Triton London Main Event last week.
Paul Phua had to settle for fourth place and took home £974,500 ($1,183,257). It took more than six hours of play before the next elimination occurred, and it was China’s Liang Xu who took third place for £1,202,500 ($1,460,186). Yong and Bonomo started heads-up play even in chips, with Yong taking the first few swings and gaining a significant lead.
Bonomo fought back and won subsequent hands which ultimately led him to victory. Yong finished as runner-up taking home £1,835,000 ($2,228,222).