There aren’t too many major poker tournaments that Justin Bonomo hasn’t won during his illustrious career. You can scratch the GGPoker Super MILLIONS off that short list because he took down the 35th edition of the $10,300 buy-in event this week.
Niklas Astedt has entered each and every one of the 35 Super MILLION$ tournaments to date but a victory still eludes him. Astedt entered this final table, the ninth such final table he’s reached, as the shortest stack and was the first player out of the door.
Artur Martirosian, the only player at this final table to have won this event previously, busted in fifth-place for $152,256. Bonomo open-shoved for the equivalent of 10 big blinds from the small blind with ace-eight and Martirosian called, pinning his hopes on the now dominated ace-four. Bonomo flopped an eight and Martirosian was drawing dead after the turn.
Heads-up was set when Petrangelo dusted off his stack. Bonomo min-raised to 400,000 on the button with ace-king, RRomashka called in the small blind with queen-jack before Petrangelo squeezed all-in for 17 big blind with king-jack of hearts. Bonomo re-shoved, which folded out RRomashka. A ten-high board meant Bonomo’s ace-kicker came into play and it was enough to send Petrangelo to the showers via the cashier where he collected $256,064.
Bonomo lead his Russian opponent with 11,495,741 chips to 9,804,259 and he never relinquished that lead. Bonomo got his hands on all the chips and the $430,646 top prize when Rromashka’s crazy hyper-aggressive style was his own undoing.
A limp on the button with six-five from Bonomo was greeted with a check from RRomashka holding offsuit king-eight. The flop fell queen-high but Bonomo paired his six. RRomashka checked, Bonomo bet 250,000, the Russian check-raised to 1,045,000 and Bonomo called.
The turn improved Bonomo to trips and he called when RRomashka fired a 2,650,000 pot-sized bet. RRomashka moved all-in for 4,748,518 chips on the river, which completed a possible flush as it was the four of diamonds. Bonomo didn’t believe a word of RRomashka’s story and he snap-called. Game, set, and match to Bonomo.
Bonomo may have won the lion’s share of the prize pool but RRomashka, who won his seat via a $100 satellite, won the GGPoker stream fans’ hearts with his completely crazy approach the tournament.
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