PokerStars unbanns ZeeJustin

April 15, 2009

The world renowned internet online poker room, PokerStars, has re-instated Justin “ZeeJustin” Bonomo’ s account, a sponsored professional player of Bodog Poker. This was done just in time for PokerStars’ very first SCOOP / Spring Championship of Online Poker.

Bonomo, a 23 year-old, encountered the first problems back in 2006 on PartyPoker. Back then, PartyPoker was hosting U.S. players and Bonomo initiated multiple accounts at the same time thus setting off a number of other websites to follow and ban this young player from their virtual homes.

Bonomo’s multi-accounting appearing on the various sites, coincided together with the revelation that Josh “JJProdigy” Field had used numerous screen names, including “ABlackCar” After Field’s mischief was also listed through PartyPoker, the latter started to really tighten up their safety measures. Field went on to being banned from the Bluff Online Poker Challenge last month, a decision taken by the Cake Poker Network after staking a player to use his account.

It has been found that Bonomo was using a total of six accounts to log into PartyPoker and was at times using all these accounts at the same online poker event. Bonomo moved away from the media frenzy and $640 buy-in PartyPoker Sunday tournament winnings were revoked. Then PokerStars Poker Room Manager, Lee Jones announced on TwoPlusTwo on February 26th, 2006, that Bonomo had been “playing multiple accounts in several tournaments at PokerStars.” Following that, money was withdrawn from his account and used to pay back the “players who were harmed by his actions in those same tournaments.”

Joining “Survivor: China” castaway Jean-Robert Bellande, Evelyn Ng, and David Williams, Bonomo signed on as a member of Team Bodog in 2008. Bonomo started cashing out from the live poker back in 2007, when he placed second in a $3,000 buy-in HORSE tournament part of the WSOP / World Series of Poker Circuit festivities in Las Vegas Caesar’s Palace for $40,000. Bonomo got to the final table and came fourth in a $2,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em poker event, winning $156,000 during the 2007 WSOP. In 2008, he classified as runner up in a $5,000 Mixed Hold’em event for $230,000, a tournament that marked the first bracelet win for Erick Lindgren, Full Tilt Poker pro.

At the 2006 Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic, part of the WPT / World Poker Tour, Bonomo finished in seventh for $152,000 at the six-handed televised final table. In 2007, he also classified 11th in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event and 35th in the WPT Championship, for a combined total of $154,000. Bonomo took down the inaugural Dream Team Poker event held at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas as part of “Team Bluff.” Parvis and Eric Morris also participated at this event. Next, he will appear at the PokerStars SCOOP, which commences today.

Marking Bodog’s elite stable of poker pros’ new addition, Mohawk Gaming Group CEO Alwyn Morris commented, “Justin is one of the most feared and skilled players in poker today and we’re thrilled to officially have him join our team of world-class poker pros. Justin lives and breathes the Bodog lifestyle and is a perfect fit for us. We expect him to make a lot of noise this year for Team Bodog, beginning with the WSOP this summer.”


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