For two years, as the pandemic raged and live poker was off the grid, Justin Bonomo sat in second place on the all-time money list. He took over the lead in March of 2019 after winning a Triton Series short-deck event at Bellagio's Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Las Vegas.
Bonomo lost the lead later that year after Bryn Kenney won the biggest buy-in poker tournament in the world, but during the same series, Bonomo was able to rack up another win as well to bring his lifetime total to $48 million. Then COVID-19 shut down the live poker scene, and Bonomo was forced to accept second place for a while.
He seemed relatively happy with the situation, admitting in a tweet in 2019 that he would likely stay in second due to his lower volume compared to Kenney.
However, with live poker back on again, Bonomo is also back to his winning ways, recently taking down Bellagio’s Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $928,200. The win puts Bonomo back in the lead on poker’s all-time money list, as per The Hendon Mob, with more than $57 million in total wins during his illustrious 16-year career.
Bonomo shows no sign of slowing down either, but he’s in a battle now. Kenney sits just a couple hundred thousand behind him in the standings, a pittance at the stakes they play, so Bonomo will need to be on his game to stay in the lead.