Close, but no cigar – Negreanu loses to Bonomo in Super High Roller Bowl
Justin Bonomo is on a super roll. He won the Super High Roller Bowl (SHRB) China and now took down his second in Las Vegas. The back-to-back wins are an impressive feat, and he has now earned $14 million in live action this year. The latest win comes as eliminated Daniel Negreanu in heads-up action at the Aria.
The SHRB attracted an impressive field of 48 players and pushed the prize pool up to $14.4 million. With the final table down to only four players, Negreanu was in a good position after a couple of key wins against Mikita Badziakouski and Jason Koon. Badziakouski was sent to the rail in fourth place after Bonomo took him out with a higher kicker when they both flopped top pair. Koon was sent home next, getting it in with an all-in call holding 8-6 to Bonomo’s A-4. Bonomo scored two pair on the turn, sending Koon packing.
When the Bonomo-Negreanu showdown began, Negreanu was down almost 4-1 in chips. He tried to stage a comeback, but never really gained strength to threaten his opponent. On the final hand, Kid Poker was looking at an 8-7 hand when a flop of 9-7-6 provided a glimmer of hope. Negreanu pushed all-in and Bonomo easily responded. Unfortunately, Bonomo had picked up a set on the flop with his pocket nines, and a 6 on the river gave him a boat and the win. Bonomo picked up $5 million for his victory, and Negreanu pocketed $3 million as the runner-up.