With 1,587 runners lacing up to build a $2,142,450 prize pool in the $1,500 buy in Event #11: No Limit Hold'em Six Handed, Justin Bonomo was ready to carve his way to the top of the field and take home his first bracelet.
Bonomo has come close before, including a third career runner-up finish in last week’s Event #5: $10,000 2-7 Limit Triple Draw Lowball Championship. “Always a bride’s maid, never a bride,” Bonomo tweeted last week after he finished runner-up to Tuan Le in the Triple Draw Lowball event.
During heads-up play with Mike Sowers — Bonomo was at a huge chip deficit — and tweeted:
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I can't wait to see how happy my buddy @sowerss will be when I give him his first bracelet! 2014-06-04
Although the tweet might lead one to believe that Bonomo gave up hope, he fought on, and after chipping up through some 60 hands, he had the advantage. One hand turned it around leaving Bonomo with 7 million and Sowers 100,000. But it didn't end there. Sowers went all-in eight times and managed to come out alive until Hand #161 hit.
Justin Bonomo made it 80,000 and Mike Sowers called.
The flop brought the .
Sowers checked to Bonomo who bet 110,000. Sowers moved all in. Bonomo quickly called.
Bonomo flopped a flush but Sowers had the out of a bigger flush — turn , river — and Justin Bonomo closed the deal on bursting the brides maid status bubble. Congratulations Justin!
Caitlyn Howe spends a moment talking over the tournament win with Justin.
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