After two years and numerous poker tournaments, online poker player Justin Bonomo is moving on from poker sponsor Bodog. The 24 year-old joined poker pros Evelyn Ng and David Williams as a member of the Bodog Pro Team in 2007, but confirmed reports that he was leaving the Bodog Pro Team on January 6th, 2010.
Bonomo said that he and Bodog have officially parted ways after a two-year relationship. Bonomo said that he want to thank Bodog and its staff for giving him a chance to represent them. Although he did not want to explain in detail why he is leaving Bodog, Bonomo stressed that he did not quit the Bodog Pro Team.
Bonomo is already in talks with other online poker rooms regarding a sponsorship agreement. Bonomo said that he will be focusing his attention on aligning with a sponsor who will better use his media presence and his skills.
Just two months ago, Bodog also dropped Jean-Robert Bellande from its roster, which means Williams and Ng are Bodog's only remaining poker pros. Bonomo learned to play poker online and won numerous poker tournaments under the screen name ZeeJustin.
In 2005, he broke onto the live poker circuit by making the final table of PokerStars.com EPT Deauville. At that time, he was the youngest poker player to make a televised final table.
Since then, he has won a total of $2.3 million in live poker tournament winnings. Bonomo caused controversy in 2006 when it was learned that he had been multi-accounting, a practice banned on all online poker sites.
Bonomo eventually apologized and was signed by Bodog Poker in 2008. The young poker pro recently launched his redesigned online site and will be featured on the cover of Bluff Magazine's January 2010 issue.