Justin Bonomo Earns $78K a Day Playing Poker in October

Justin Bonomo has had a solid run at the poker tables this month, averaging $78,000 a day. As he continues to show off his skills at the felt, he pocketed a little more than $1.6 million in just five tournaments to retain his lead at the top of the charts.

Justin Bonomo
Justin Bonomo
Justin Bonomo at the poker table during the 2018 World Series of Poker. The winningest player in the game has added over $1 million to his bank in October. (Image: AssoPoker)

In 2022, Bonomo has 11 cashes, including three in the WSOP, along with seven final tables and three more titles. During his career, he has won over $58.8 million, and is first in the ranking of the winningest poker players. Bryn Kenney follows closely, with $57.2 million, and Daniel Negreanu completes the podium with $49.5 million.

He crushed the tables in October, either taking down tournaments or making it to the final table. As the debate over whether poker is a game of skill or luck continues, Bonomo is showing that skill has a lot to do with it.

Crushing the Felt

Bonomo’s biggest October finish was fourth place for $720,000 at the $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl, which Negreanu ultimately won. That win let DNegs break his two-year losing streak, and also gave him a little satisfaction. Bonomo beat Negreanu in the same event four years ago. Last year, he finished second, pocketing $1.89 million.

The next biggest pot the Virginia native took this month was $229,500, which came from a first-place finish at the $25,000 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic. In between, he cashed for $24,000 for finishing third at a $10,000 WPT Five Diamond high roller event and $75,792 for taking down another $10,000 high roller tournament in the same series.

Because he’s Bonomo, and just to make sure everyone knows he’s a GOAT, he added another $44,700 on October 19. That was at the WPT Five Diamond $10,400 tournament, although he only made it to 18th place.

Hanging With Dolly

Poker players who aren’t ready for the cut-throat high rollers, or who just want to help a good cause, have a couple of options next month. There are two charity poker tournaments coming up, one of which features poker legend Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson.

The first charity event, “Cards For Kindness Poker Tournament,” will take place online on November 3. It’s the second tournament for Riley’s Way Foundation, which long-time poker player Ian Sandler founded.

The virtual event starts with a Zoom presentation, with the cards starting to fly when afterward. The tournament’s winner will receive a 2023 World Series of Poker Main Event ticket worth $10,000.

There are also vacation getaways, golf packages and dinner for six at Peter Luger’s Steakhouse in New York City. Tickets for four to a New York Giants NFL match are also available.

The other big charity event will take place the following day. The 2022 Keep Memory Alive Charity Poker Tournament is coming to Las Vegas, with Brunson, Negreanu and Jack Binion hosting the event.

The buy-in is $575, and there are $200 advance rebuys available prior to the event, which the Las Vegas Raiders are sponsoring. It will benefit the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at Cleveland Clinic in Las Vegas.

The winner of the tournament will pocket $10,000. Other non-cash prizes, such as jewelry or trips, are also up for grabs.

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