Justin Bonomo moving to Malta

by Jeremy Olson on August 19, 2011

Since the events of Black Friday, we’ve seen plenty of US online poker pros move to Canada in order to continue their careers. Phil Galfond and Cole South are just a couple of the prominent names that have made the jump from the United States. However, we have yet to hear of anybody moving from the US to Malta like Justin Bonomo is planning on doing.

Bonomo announced the decision via his Facebook page as he wrote:

I guess now is as good a time as any to announce that I’m moving to Malta.

My cousin’s wedding is in Virginia on 9/16, and there’s a WPT in Malta on 9/20, so hopefully I’ll have all my stuff together in time to leave straight from the wedding to live in Malta.

Keep an eye on my facebook statuses if you have any interest in my Apartment, Furniture, or car (2009 G37 under 9K miles)

Malta is south of Italy, and lies in the Mediterranean Sea, which means that Bonomo will certainly be able to take in some nice scenery. But the most important element of this move is that players can get a VISA without being employed by a Maltese company, or going to school at a university here.

The VISA aspect is crucial since Dan “Jungleman12″ Cates tried to move to Canada so he could continue playing at PokerStars, but he was denied due to the fact that he didn’t have a VISA for school or work. After being forced out of Canada, Cates had to alter his plans, and he looks to be close to finding a place in Europe.

Seeing as how the US hasn’t legalized and regulated online poker yet, there figures to be some more people making the move to foreign countries soon.