Interviews with poker professionals: Justin Bonomo


This is a series of interviews favorite players poker fans, where you can find details of their lives outside the field of poker. This time we sat down with my team Bodog Justin “ZeeJustin” Bonomo to discuss their favorite places to vacation, as he received his nickname and would face if Patrik Antonius or the Black Lotus.

How did you start playing poker?

Basically, I had several friends that he was doing well with the poker and I thought if they could do it, I could do it.

If you were not playing poker, what would you be doing?

I always hated the lifestyle from 9 to 5, so I would be doing something for myself, being the owner of my own company for example.

What is your favorite stop on the poker tournament circuit?

I really like the Bahamas. I have participated in the tournament for six consecutive years and have very good friends there.

What is your favorite place to spend your vacation?

There are so many to choose from, I’m not sure. Amsterdam is one of my favorite cities. The culture and people are really amazing. I really much fun in Italy and Tokyo is definitely a place I want to visit in the future.

What was the most exciting thing you did on that vacation?

I’m a pretty boring person. I did nothing exciting on that trip. We went to nightclubs, coffee shops and that was very good. Nothing really stands out.

How you did you earn that nickname?

I’ve had that nickname almost from my second grade. Basically my dad came home with AOL and I just tighten a few keys before Justin and over the years many people knew me by ZeeJustin and it stuck.

What is your greatest achievement in the world of poker so far?

Rather than a specific achievement, I am proud of the fact that I have had very consistent results. I have never been more than six months without achieving a six-figure prize in a tournament for example and I think this consistency is that I’m most proud of.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

I think Los Angeles is my favorite city in the world. It’s a lot of lovely people who spend a good time above all else.

Name me all ninja turtles you can and colors.

Donatello is the purple. Michalangelo is yellow. Raphael is the orange and Leonardo is the blue.

That was better than I could have done, I just remember Leonardo. Algebra or trigonometry?

Algebra. It’s amazing you are using algebra in poker all the time, I never liked.

The most entertaining company at a dinner, “Gray Ogre” or Mike Matusow.

Mike Matusow. The Gray Ogres are boring by definition.

You prefer to have problems Mana or lack of cards?

Lack of letters of course, because there is a false hope if left cards.

Harder: Use Monkey Cage on an opponent or a check-raise bluff on the river?

The Monkey is much more difficult. Check-raise bluff on the river is much more fun. I do it all the time.

To play your role in a movie, Vanilla Ice or Rob Van Winkle?

Oh my God. I could make my paper stuffed animal instead? Probably you do a better job.