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The King’s Casino in Rozvadov, which is currently playing host to the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE), witnessed yet another thrilling event coming to a close. The €25,500 Super High Roller that pulled in a total of 133 entries generating a prize pool of €3,158,750, crowned a winner in Australia’s Michael Addamo (cover image).
Following a hard-fought heads-up battle against Germany’s Christian Rudolph, the Aussie pro was able to claim his second WSOP gold bracelet, while also posting a new best live score of €848,702! This latest win has taken his total live earnings to $3,104,779.
After two days of gruelling play, a visibly exhausted Addamo said in the post-event interview, “I am definitely gonna catch up on some sleep now”.
Final Day Recap
Out of the 49 players who returned on the final day, only 20 places were assured payouts.
Several big names busted out before reaching the money including Kristen Bicknell, defending champion Niall Farrell, Chris Ferguson, David Peters, Johannes Becker, Steffen Sontheimer, Aymon Hata, Ryan Riess, Michael Soyza and Liv Boeree.
Fabrizio Gonzalez became the unfortunate bubble boy when he was eliminated by Manig Loeser.
Notables who finished in the money include Timothy Adams (10th for €71,821), Jean-Noel Thorel (11th for €59,176), Vladimir Troyanovskiy (12th for €59,176), Rainer Kempe (13th for €49,951), Asaf Berman (14th for €49,951), Joni Jouhkimainen (15th for €43,223), Martin Kabrhel (16th for €43,223), Pavel Binar (17th for €38,365), Sylvain Loosli (18th for €38,365), Jun Wah Yap (19th for €38,365) and Gianluca Speranza (20th for €38,365).
Matthias Eibinger (9th for €71,821) bubbled the final table.
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Benjamin Pollak – 42,200,000
2. Christian Rudolph – 22,100,000
3. Mikita Badziakouski – 17,500,000
4. Dominik Nitsche – 12,800,000
5. Michael Addamo – 11,600,000
6. Winfred Yu – 10,300,000
7. James Romero – 8,400,000
8. Manig Loeser – 8,100,000
Final Table Recap
The shortest stack on the final table, Manig Loeser was also the first one to exit after he moved all-in from small blind with . Winfred Yu woke up with in the big blind and quickly called, putting Loeser at risk. The board ran and Yu picked up two pairs – aces and eights on the board, resulting in Loeser’s eighth place exit.
Following Loeser to the rail was James Romero. When Christian Rudolph opened to 1,300,000 in the cutoff with , Romero glanced down at in the big blind and decided to move all-in for 7,800,000. Rudolph snap-called and the runout came . Rudolph’s queen-high kicker held and Romero was eliminated in seventh place.
Around 20 mins later, Benjamin Pollak raised to 1,600,00 from the hijack and received calls from Rudolph in the cutoff and Winfred Yu from the button. The flop fell , Pollak checked and Rudolph bet 2,600,000. Yu tanked for a minute before raising to 8,500,000, prompting Pollak to fold. Rudolph moved all-in and Yu called.
While Rudolph had flopped the set, Yu had outs for a diamond flush. Yu however missed all his outs as the turn and completed the board.
Finishing in fifth place was Dominik Nitsche who jammed for 13,000,000 from under-the-gun with and Rudolph called from small bling with .The rundown missed both players and Nitsche bounced off in fifth place.
Winner of the €25,000 King’s Short Deck Championship, Mikita Badziakouski failed to add another title to his name at the series as he finished in fourth place. He raised to 16,500,000 from small blind holding and Michael Addamo shoved from big blind with . Badziakouski called and was the player at risk. The community cards fanned out and were no help to either player. Addamo`s high card came into play resulting in Badziakouski`s fourth place exit.
Down to three-handed play, holding pocket sevens, Addamo called from the button and Benjamin Pollak jammed from the small blind with . The flop brought , keeping Addamo in the lead. The remaining two streets brought the and . Addamo hit a full house on the turn, as Pollak failed to improve his hand and was eliminated in third place.
Michael Addamo (68,000,000) and Christian Rudolph (65,000,000) started the heads-up play almost evenly matched. Rudolph initially took the lead away from Addamo, but the Australian pro chipped up to close the gap. The chip lead exchanged hands a few times over the course of play, but on the final hand of the event, Rudolph shoved on the button and Addamo snap-called.
The board spread out and Addamo’s pocket fives won him the crucial flip and along with that the title for his second WSOP gold bracelet along with €848,702 in first-place prize money.
Final Table Results (EURO)
1. Michael Addamo – €848,702
2. Christian Rudolph – €524,532
3. Benjamin Pollak – €370,219
4. Mikita Badziakouski – €266,767
5. Dominik Nitsche – €196,328
6. Winfred Yu – €147,642
7. James Romero – €113,505
8. Manig Loeser – €89,253
With the €100,000 King’s Super High Roller and the much-awaited €10,350 Main Event yet to begin, there is lot more exciting poker action yet to unfold at the WSOPE!
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