Is there Any Doubt Justin Bonomo is the Best NLH Player in the World?


Justin Bonomo is the best no-limit hold’em player in the world. It’s gotten to a point where I’m not sure if that statement is a matter of opinion anymore, or if its an indisputable fact.

So far this year, ZeeJustin has won the Super High Roller Bowl in Las Vegas, Super High Roller Bowl China in Macau, a bracelet in the $10,000 buy-in WSOP Heads-Up championship, and a handful of other high roller no-limit hold’em events.

Not even halfway through the year, Bonomo has nearly $15 million in cashes. I’m sure a large part of that success is due to often being dealt the right cards at the right time. Luck is always going to be a factor in poker. But you can’t win as much as he has in as many tournaments as he has and chalk it up as just pure dumb luck.

Jerry Yang, the 2007 WSOP Main Event champion was lucky. Skill had nothing to do with his $8 million score that year. He was indisputably a terrible poker player who simply caught the sickest week-long heater in history. Since then, he’s accomplished exactly nothing as a poker player and no longer plays the game because he knows he couldn’t even compete with micro-stakes hacks online.

You can’t say the same thing for Bonomo, who is now the 3rd winningest tournament players ever behind Daniel Negreanu and Erik Seidel.

I’m genuinely impressed by his play. He’s always been a great player – maybe top 10-15 in the world. But, whatever he’s done to improve his game the past six or seven months, he’s gone from great to the best no-limit hold’em player in the world. And I don’t think anyone right now is a close second.