Justin Bonomo to Move to Malta

August 22, 2011

After many online poker pros who otherwise made their living playing online poker have been stripped of their income following Black Friday, many have had no other choice but to flee the country in search of a new home where they can base their business and once again make a living.

Now we can add the following names to the list of US citizens who had to leave the country to find work: Phil Galfond, Mike Brooks, Vanessa Selbst, and Jon Agular. Now Dan “jungleman12” Cates and Haseeb Qureshi have also left the country since the recent cheating scandal they’ve been involved in. Perhaps they will get new identities, new screen names, and maybe even some plastic surgery, so that they can play poker again.

Meanwhile, Justin Bonomo has recently announced via Facebook that he too will be leaving the country, though unlike others who have fled to the UK or Canada, Bonomo will be going to the Meditteranean, about 70 miles south of Italy to a tiny island called Malta, which you may have heard of, as there are quite a few online poker rooms based out of this nation. With a population of not even 370,000 and a land area of only about 300 square kilometers, this is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, so it is rather bizarre that this is where Bonomo has chosen to relocate to.

His reasoning for choosing Malta is its accessibility to a variety of European tournaments and the convenience of setting up new residency. He may have also chosen Malta because of the low taxes.

Bonomo hopes to be in his new Maltan home by September 20th, just in time for the WPT event that will take place there. In the meantime, he’ll be getting rid of his apartment and furniture in Las Vegas, and possibly his 2009 Infiniti G37, which Eric Mizrachi has already expressed interest in purchasing.


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