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Justin Bonomo Wins 2023 Poker Masters Event #9 for $333,000 Poker
Smit Trivedi
Posted on 26 Sep, 2023
By Smit Trivedi
On 26 Sep, 2023
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By Smit Trivedi
On 26 Sep, 2023
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Justin Bonomo Wins Poker Masters 2023 Event 9 For $333,000


Justin Bonomo came into the final table of Event #9: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em with the chip lead and, despite a valiant effort by Daniel Rezaei in heads-up play, went coast-to-coast to capture the title and the $333,000 first-place prize.

Bonomo started the day with nearly 45% of the chips in play and took a 4-to-1 chip lead into heads-up play, but Rezaei quickly gained the upper hand when his pocket sixes held against the pocket fours of Bonomo on the first hand of play. Two hands later, Rezaei wrestled the chip lead away from Bonomo when his pocket sevens once again held, this time against the ace-two of Bonomo.

Bonomo, now facing his own 4-to-1 chip disadvantage, didn’t blink and managed to claw his way back, eventually retaking the chip lead when he picked off Rezaei on the river. Facing an all-in shove for this tournament life, Bonomo used two time banks before declaring, “I really think you are bluffing me. I call,” and tabled ace high.


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Rezaei would indeed show a bluff with jack high. Bonomo let out a deep sigh, collected the pot, and took a nearly 2-to-1 chip lead, which he would not relinquish. Rezaei would eventually fall in second place for $222,000 when his rivered two pair of queens and deuces was bested by Bonomo’s superior two pair of aces and queens.

The final table was a quick one, lasting just under two and a half hours as Bonomo used his chip lead to his advantage and had the added benefit of the deck as he had a hand in eliminating all five of his opponents.

2023 Poker Masters Event #9 Results

1st: Justin Bonomo – $333,000
2nd: Daniel Rezaei – $222,000
3rd: Stephen Chidwick – $148,000
4th: Andrew Lichtenberger – $101,750
5th: Orpen Kisacikoglu – $74,000
6th: Chino Rheem – $46,250

Event #9 of the 2023 Poker Masters drew 37 entries to create a $925,000 prize pool. With the win, Bonomo captureed with first Poker Masters title and moved into seventh on the series leaderboard with 314 points. Vladas Tamasauskas still leads in the standings with 506 points, 120 points ahead of Chidwick and Rheem, who sit in a tie for second with 386 points. Lichtenberger sits in fourth with 327 points, and Ren Lin rounds out the top five with 325 points.

2023 Poker Masters Leaderboard Top 10

1st: Vladas Tamasauskas – 506 points
T-2nd: Chino Rheem – 386 points
T-2nd: Stephen Chidwick – 386 points
4th: Andrew Lichtenberger – 327 points
5th: Ren Lin – 325 points
6th: Darren Elias – 319 points
7th: Justin Bonomo – 314 points
8th: Chris Brewer – 268 points
9th: Daniel Rezaei – 266 points
10th: Orpen Kisacikoglu – 263 points

What Is the Poker Masters?

The Poker Masters is one of the PGT majors. The 2023 edition is a 10-event series hosted at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas, with live streaming of every final table. Buy-ins range from $10,000 to $50,000. The player to accumulate the most PGT points over the course of the 10-event series will be crowned Poker Masters champion and win the series’ $50,000 championship bonus and prestigious Purple Jacket. 

About PokerGO

PokerGO is the world’s largest poker content company delivering poker’s most premier live events around the world to consumers. The platform delivers more than 100 days of live poker on an annual basis, streaming PokerGO® owned and operated tournaments such as the Super High Roller Bowl, Poker Masters, U.S. Poker Open, and PokerGO Cup, along with select World Series of Poker final tables and more.

PokerGO’s video-on-demand library includes original content that provides unmatched access to the world of poker, including High Stakes Poker, No Gamble, No Future, and High Stakes Duel. PokerGO curates programming that spans from expert commentary on the game to tales of iconic moments in poker history, to behind-the-scenes interviews with notable poker stars and more

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