When ARIA announced the 20 players that would be filling out the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl field, there was some Twitter-fueled contention about the inclusion of “famous players” that also just so happen to be some of the best in the world. Jason Mercier, Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu certainly fit that billing but another world-class talent that locked up one of those ARIA seats was Justin Bonomo.

Bonomo was also one of the players that debated that contention, which came from a few areas but was loudest from Fedor Holz. On the second break of today’s $25K High Roller, Bonomo explained his position without a 140-character limit.

“I just thought it was ridiculous,” Bonomo explained, adding, “Especially with the poker economy and how it is now-a-days, a lot of the sites and tournament organizers are pushing back against incentives for the pros. To have this as a $300,000 buy-in, rake free tournament, I think every single pro should be extremely grateful for the opportunity.”

Bonomo went on to say, “The Super High Roller Bowl isn’t just one of the most pro-friendly tournaments in the world but also one of the most amateur-friendly as well and it is publicized in a way that is good for all of poker.”

Good for professionals, good for amateurs, good for all of poker but don’t let that distract you from the fact that the Super High Roller Bowl is the biggest, most competitive and most prestigious event in the world.

“It is absolutely a huge tournament and, from a career standpoint, it would be fantastic to win it. Obviously, $300,000 is a lot of money and first prize is going to be a gigantic amount of money but from a competitive standpoint, it is one of the most prestigious events in poker.”

Bonomo is clearly grateful for the opportunity to participate in this year’s Super High Roller Bowl and no one would be surprised if he did much more than just participate in May. Bonomo is coming off the best year of his career, one that saw him earn just over $4,2000,000, including four podium finishes at the World Series of Poker and a final table run in the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event. Add in a tremendous year in ARIA events, along with two podium finishes in the first ARIA High Roller series of 2017 and Bonomo will be a serious contender in this summer’s event.