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EPT Barcelona: Michael Addamo Wins Another High Roller, Ships €50K Single-Day High Roller II For €917,330

EPT Barcelona: Michael Addamo
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  • Attreyee Khasnabis August 17, 2022
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Michael Addamo (cover image) has done it again! The Australian pro has captured yet another High Roller title, this time at the 2022 PokerStars & Barcelona Casino European Poker Tour (EPT)! Addamo championed over the 62-entry field in the €50,000 Single-Day High Roller II to claim the lion’s share of the €3,007,620 prize pool worth €917,330 and his first EPT title.

The 28-year-old entered the final table with the second biggest stack, trailing David Yan, the eventual runner-up, by 38 big blinds. Addamo dominated the final table, eliminating heavyweights like Michael Soyza, Sam Greenwood, Adrian Mateos, and Aleksejs Ponakovs before facing Yan heads-up.

Addamo started the heads-up battle with a 2:1 chip lead and maintained that advantage till the end. Yan collected €601,520 for his runner-up finish.

Addamo has been on a trailblazing run since last year. In 2021, he won six live titles, including two at the Poker Masters, followed by the Super High Roller Bowl (SHRB). He added an impressive two WSOP bracelets! Addamo has been heating up the felts in Spain much before EPT Barcelona commenced, shipping two events at the 2022 Triton Poker Series Madrid.

Ranked #1 on Australia’s All-Time Money List, Addamo surprisingly hadn’t won an EPT title before. However, he came close twice in Event #16: €25,000 No Limit Hold’em (3rd for €249,320) and Event #20: €50,000 No Limit Hold’em (8th for €114,480). He finally got the monkey off his back by taking down the €50,000 Single-Day High Roller II, pushing his career earnings to nearly $20.8 Million!

Outside of poker, Addamo has been enjoying his time in the great city of Barcelona as well; as he later said, “I love Barcelona as a city. I actually went to a Spanish fiesta last night and was able to enjoy it.”

 

Final Table Chip Counts

  1. David Yan – 1,650,000
  2. Michael Addamo – 890,000
  3. Mikalai Vaskaboinikau – 880,000
  4. Aleksejs Ponakovs – 575,000
  5. Sam Greenwood – 570,000
  6. Morten Klein – 520,000
  7. Dan Smith – 465,000
  8. Adrian Mateos – 440,000
  9. Michael Soyza – 230,000

 

Final Table Recap

Morten Klein was the first player to be eliminated from the final table and money-bubbled the tournament in ninth place.

Morten Klein
Morten Klein

 

Ten minutes later, Michael Soyza‘s went up against Michael Addamo’s . The board bricked, ending Soyza’s run in eighth place.

Michael Soyza
Michael Soyza

 

Within 12 minutes, Addamo claimed another victim in Canada’s Sam Greenwood. Greenwood’s could not hold up against Addamo’s that spiked an Ace on the runout. Greenwood walked out in seventh place.

Sam Greenwood
Sam Greenwood

 

The fast-paced action of the final table continued, with the sixth-place elimination coming about in 30 minutes. Dan Smith was the one to depart when his were defeated by Aleksejs Ponakovs’ that turned two pair on the board.

Dan Smith
Dan Smith

 

Two levels later, Adrian Mateos jammed his last 170,000 from the small blind, and Addamo came along with a call in the big blind.

Adrian Mateos

Michael Addamo

The showdown revealed and Addamo’s turned pair of sixes, ended Mateos’ run in fifth place.

Adrian Mateos
Adrian Mateos

 

At the start of Level 22, David Yan raised the button, and Mikalai Vaskaboinikau moved all in. Yan called, tabling . Vaskaboinikau turned over . The board ran , giving both players a set each, but Yan’s better hand won him the pot, knocking Vaskaboinikau out in fourth place.

Mikalai Vaskaboinikau
Mikalai Vaskaboinikau

 

Soon after, Aleksejs Ponakovs raised it to 700,000 from the button, leaving only 80,000 behind. Addamo defended his big blind to see the flop open . Addamo fired a bet of 80,000, and Ponakovs called all-in.

Michael Addamo

Aleksejs Ponakovs

Addamo was ahead with a flopped pair of sevens. The turn and river blanked for Ponakovs, crashing his title hope two places shy of the finish line.

Aleksejs Ponakovs
Aleksejs Ponakovs

 

Michael Addamo (3,420,000) held a slight advantage over David Yan (2,600,000) once the two players sat across the table for the heads-up duel. The match lasted about 30 minutes, with Addamo riding his chip lead across the finish line.

David Yan
David Yan

 

On the final hand, Yan shoved for 1.93 Million from the small blind. Addamo got a count and thought for a few seconds before calling.

David Yan

Michael Addamo

The community cards opened , and Addamo’s flopped pair of Queens got him the missing EPT title on his glittering poker resume!

Michael Addamo
Michael Addamo

 

Final Table Results (EURO)

  1. Michael Addamo – €917,330
  2. David Yan – €601,520
  3. Aleksejs Ponakovs – €601,520
  4. Mikalai Vaskaboinikau – €436,100
  5. Adrian Mateos – €255,650
  6. Dan Smith – €195,500
  7. Sam Greenwood – €150,380
  8. Michael Soyza – €120,300

 

Content & Images Courtesy: PokerNews & PokerStars

Cover Image Courtesy: Tomas Sacha

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