Justin Bonomo Retakes All-Time Money List Lead

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Justin Bonomo's victory in the Bellagio Five Diamond $100,000 High Roller put him back on top of Hendon Mob's All Time Money List. (photo courtesy: PokerGO)

Justin Bonomo has retaken the top spot on the Hendon Mob’s All-Time Money List after his victory in the Bellagio’s Five Diamond $100,000 No Limit High Roller earned him $928,200 and sent his career earnings north of $57 million.

It’s been 28 months since the last time Bonomo was last recognized as the worldwide leader in tournament earnings. Back in August 2019, Bryn Kenney and Aaron Zang chopped up the £1,050,000 Triton Million for Charity which allowed to Kenney lock up a massive $20,563,324 prize as the runner-up. The unprecedented score was more than enough to send Kenney to the All-Time Money List lead by roughly seven million.

Bonomo responded quickly, taking down the Triton London £100,000 No Limit Short Deck for $3.2 million just days after Kenney’s win. He may have even retaken the lead within the week, had his second-place $4.1 million score in the Triton London £250,000 Short Deck not been a private event. However, just months later, the live circuit came to a standstill in the face of COVID-19 and, like many, Bonomo essentially retreated from playing any live poker for the better part of 21 months.

Bonomo made his return to the live felt at the end of September to make a run at a fourth title in PokerGO’s $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl. He showed no sign of rust, finishing in second place, just behind Michael Addamo, for a $1,890,000 score. And that was just the beginning of his current hot streak.

Less than a month later, Bonomo was again battling Addamo heads-up for a massive score. This time it was the 2021 WSOP’s $50,000 NLHE High Roller. While Bonomo couldn’t deny Addamo another victory, he did pick up $700,228 for his runner-up finish.

Bonomo was back in the mix. He’s recently been spending some time at the Aria playing in their regularly running $10Ks. According to the Hendon Mob, he scored a victory on November 6 for $171,000 and a second-place finish 10 days later for another $94,600. Bringing him within striking distance of retaking the ATML title.

It should be noted, that during this time Kenney was also playing sparingly. His first result since the beginning of 2020 was last week when he picked up a $503,880 score for his runner-up finish in the Seminole Rock ’N’ Roll Poker Open $25,500 High Roller.

However, Kenney’s six-figure score just wasn’t enough to hold off Bonomo. On Friday night, Bonomo defeated the small field of 19 runners, which included Kenney, in the Five Diamond $100,000 and with the $928,200 he has eclipsed Kenney by a mere $139,869.

At the stakes and in the fields that Bonomo and Kenney regularly play, the All-Time Money List lead may be a two-horse race for quite some time with the pair taking turns at the top depending on which one of the two is in the money more recently.

It would take some doing for anyone else in the top 5 to join the party with Daniel Negreanu currently sitting in third place, roughly $12 million behind pace, and Erik Seidel almost $19 million behind Bonomo’s current total.

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