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He has done it again! We know we said it before, but given the Australian poker legend Michael Addamo’s (cover image) phenomenal form, the statement needed to be repeated. The 27-year-old persisted with his unbelievable hot streak clinched an impressive fourth high roller title in less than two months. His victory in Event #38: $50,000 High Roller of the 52nd World Series of Poker (WSOP) for $1,132,968 marks his third WSOP bracelet win.
Addamo’s spectacular form kicked off last month when he took down Event #11: $50K NLHE and Event #12: $100K NLHE Main Event at the 2021 Poker Masters to win the Purple Jacket. Less than two weeks later, he went on to ship the 2021 Super High Roller Bowl (SHRB) VI for a career-best $3.40 Million.
Addamo’s latest WSOP win was also his first cash in this year’s series, boosting his WSOP winnings to $3,281,754 and overall live tournament cashes to $15,544,225.
Talking about his latest victory in the post-tournament interview, Addamo said, “Obviously there’s some skill involved, but winning this much is really attributed to luck in the end, so it’s very fortunate. I play a strategy where I put a lot of big bets in. That’s no secret. Sometimes you’re going to be out in the first level, and sometimes you’re gonna build up a big stack.”
On being regarded as one of the best tournament players by his peers, Addamo humbly replied, “It does put some pressure on me. If you sort of internalize and believe that, you can become complacent. I try to just stay humble and not to let it get to my head and keep working and studying.”
Event #38: $50,000 High Roller pulled in a star-studded field of 81 poker heavyweights, posting a $3,877,87 prize pool. Addamo had dominated the action right from Day 1, having ended the opening day in pole position. As the chip leader, he entered the final table with almost half the chips in play and dominated the action all the way to the finish line.
The final table can easily be considered a ‘super elite’ one, featuring four former bracelet winners, excluding Addamo, namely Justin Bonomo (2nd for $700,228), Gal Yifrach (3rd for $495,305), Erik Seidel (4th for $358,665), and Sam Soverel (7th for $157,666).
With the top 13 places receiving payouts, Johan Guilbert (13th for $80,000) was the first player to finish in the money. Scott Ball (11th for $87,500) and Event #19: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship winner Anthony Zinno (12th for $80,000) also scored in the event.
With the elimination of Dan Smith in 10th place for $87,500, the nine-handed final table was set up on Day 2.
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Michael Addamo – 6,800,000
2. Erik Seidel – 4,200,000
3. Sam Soverel – 3,500,000
4. Justin Bonomo – 2,400,000
5. Bin Weng – 1,900,000
6. Mustapha Kanit – 1,600,000
7. Gal Yifrach – 1,300,000
8. Chris Hunichen – 1,200,000
9. Leonard Maue – 450,000
Final Table Recap
Having started out as the shortest stack on the final table, Leonard Maue, unsurprisingly, was the first player to hit the rail. His collided with Bin Weng’s . With the offering no respite for Maue, he walked out in ninth place.
Next to go was Italy’s Mustapha Kanit when his ran into Gal Yifrach’s . Kanit’s run ended in eighth place.
Down to seven-handed play, Sam Soverel’s were pitted against Erik Seidel’s . The flop made Soverel an 86% favorite to take down the pot, and it also gave Seidel the outs for an Ace-high straight. The on the turn shifted the tide in Seidel’s favor, and the on the river spelled the end of Soverel’s run in seventh place.
Play continued for another hour before Bin Weng was eliminated in sixth place. His was no match for Justin Bonomo’s that flopped a pair of Kings on the board.
Weng’s dismissal also brought about an end to the day’s play, with Michael Addamo retaining his chip lead heading into the final day. In fact, Addamo ended Day 2 with nearly half of the chips in play with a stack of 11,475,000.
Final Day Chip Counts
1. Michael Addamo – 11,475,000
2. Justin Bonomo – 4,975,000
3. Erik Seidel – 4,335,000
4. Gal Yifrach – 3,160,000
5. Chris Hunichen – 405,000
Final Day Recap
The first elimination on the final day took place within 10 minutes of the start of play. Despite being the shortest stack, Chris Hunichen did manage to find some early double-ups through Bonomo and Addamo. However, it wasn’t enough to extend his stay at the final table. Hunichen’s elimination hand saw him moving all-in with against Addamo’s . Addamo rivered trip jacks to take down the pot, knocking Hunichen out in fifth place.
The nine-time bracelet winner Erik Seidel fell three places short of claiming his 10th bracelet. His were cracked by Addamo’s that flopped a pair of Kings. Seidel was ousted in fourth place.
Three-handed play continued for a little less than an hour before Gal Yifrach was sent to the rail. Yifrach limped in from the small blind, and Addamo raised to 520,000 from the big blind. Yifrach 3-bet jammed for 3.8 Million, and Addamo called.
The runout saw Addamo completing his one-card flush on the river, eliminating Yifrach in third place.
The heads-up between Michael Addamo (12,500,000) and Justin Bonomo (11,800,000) had both players almost evenly matched in chips. While Bonomo did manage to whisk the chip lead away from Addamo at one point, he could not hold on to it. The heads-up lasted for a little over an hour, with Addamo claiming his career-third bracelet.
On the final hand, Bonomo raised to 450,000 on the button and Addamo 3-bet to 1.8 Million. Bonomo moved all-in for his remaining 11.3 Million. Addamo tanked for a while but eventually called putting Bonomo at risk.
The community cards opened and Addamo rivered a Broadway straight to win the tournament in style, relagating Bonomo to a runner-up finish.
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Michael Addamo – $1,132,968
2. Justin Bonomo – $700,228
3. Gal Yifrach – $495,305
4. Erik Seidel – $358,665
5. Chris Hunichen – $266,031
6. Bin Weng – $202,236
7. Sam Soverel – $157,666
8. Mustapha Kanit – $126,141
9. Leonard Maue – $103,635
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