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Michael Addamo’s (cover image) name is now synonymous with High Rollers! That shouldn’t come as a surprise since the Australian pro not only bagged his fourth WSOP bracelet in 2021 WSOP Event #87: $100,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em, but also his fifth High Roller title this year!
Since September, the 27-year-old poker phenom has been on a hot streak! He was a late arrival at the Poker Masters and won back-to-back events for over $1.80 Million to secure the Purple Jacket. He took down the 2021 Super High Roller Bowl (SHRB) VI less than two weeks later and followed that up by shipping Event #38: $50,000 High Roller in October for his career-third bracelet. He has now added a fourth bracelet to his name, along with a fifth High Roller title and a massive $1,958,569 in prize money!
The Aussie’s live tournament earnings for 2021 tally stands a little short of $9.50 Million, and today’s win brought his career winnings north of $17.70 Million.
The penultimate event at the 2021 WSOP, Event #87 $100K High Roller NLHE, registered 53 participants on Sunday, with only 28 players making it to Day 2. With late registrations open on Tuesday, the field ultimately expanded to 64 players, creating a $6,192,000 prize pool.
Sorel Mizzi (6th for $331,806), PokerStars Ambassador Sam Grafton (7th for $263,227), Mikita Badziakouski (8th for $217,274), and Bill Klein (9th for $186,909) were the last few players to fall on Day 2.
Addamo bagged a commanding chip lead coming into the final day yesterday with five players still in contention. It wasn’t completely smooth sailing for the Australian pro, but the Addamo rampage was hard to contain in the end!
Talking about how he held off heads-up opponent Kevin Rabichow’s attempt to double during the heads-up, Addamo said, “Kevin (Rabichow) is a heads-up player originally, so it would’ve been quite tough with a double up there.”
“I’ve been playing non-stop for three and a half months straight, so I am ready for a break,” Addamo said, indicating how exhaustion has set in, and he wants to take time off from the game. “The schedule hasn’t been announced yet, but I will be playing a lot of tournaments next year and more at the WSOP again,” he added.
With just the top ten players assured payouts, Mark Herm was eliminated by Sean Perry on the money bubble on Day 2.
GGPoker Ambassador Fedor Holz was the first player to finish in the money with his 10th place exit for $167,869. But he also ended up bubbling the nine-handed final table.
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Michael Addamo – 9,525,000
2. Sam Soverel – 6,075,000
3. Sorel Mizzi – 4,515,000
4. Bill Klein – 3,915,000
5. Mikita Badziakouski – 3,875,000
6. Sam Grafton – 3,250,000
7. Henrik Hecklen – 2,165,000
8. Kevin Rabichow – 2,150,000
9. Sean Perry – 2,045,000
Final Table Recap
The senior-most player on the final table, Bill Klein, was also the first to depart. His ran into Michael Addamo’s . While both players flopped top pair, Addamo’s Queen kicker sent Klein packing in ninth place.
Belarusian superstar and Event #85: $50,000 High Roller champion Mikita Badziakouski was the next to go. His failed to catch up to Addamo’s .
Finishing in seventh place was PokerStars Ambassador Sam Grafton. With the board open , Grafton turned a pair of nines with . However, it could not match up to Henrik Hecklen’s that rivered a ten-high straight.
Sorel Mizzi’s sixth-place exit also made him the last player to fall on Day 2.
Michael Addamo (19,620,000) bagged a commanding chip lead with over 50% of the chips in play for the final day.
Final Day Chip Counts
1. Michael Addamo – 19,620,000
2. Henrik Hecklen – 5,445,000
3. Sam Soverel – 5,165,000
4. Kevin Rabichow – 4,250,000
5. Sean Perry – 3,920,000
Final Day Recap
Less than 40 minutes into the start of the final day, the first elimination took place. Henrik Hecklen’s lost out to Sam Soverel’s which bettered to top pair on the runout . Hecklen walked out in fifth place.
Down to four-handed play, Sean Perry pitted his against Kevin Rabichow’s . The board ran and Rabichow flopped a set to eliminate Perry in fourth place.
Over two hours later, Sam Soverel jammed his 4.4 Million stack from the button, holding . Addamo called from the small blind with . The board opened and Addamo’s trip Jacks ended Soverel’s bracelet run in third place.
Michael Addamo (28,000,000) held an overwhelming chip advantage over Kevin Rabichow (5,000,000) at the start of the heads-up play, and it took him just 11 minutes to win his career-fourth bracelet.
On the final hand, Addamo raised to 6 Million, and Rabichow called for his last 5.50 Million.
The community cards opened , and Addamo’s flopped two pairs dismissed Rabichow in second place.
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Michael Addamo – $1,958,569
2. Kevin Rabichow – $1,210,487
3. Sam Soverel – $830,992
4. Sean Perry – $590,344
5. Henrik Hecklen – $434,523
6. Sorel Mizzi – $331,806
7. Sam Grafton – $263,227
8. Mikita Badziakouski – $217,274
9. Bill Klein – $186,909
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