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Australia's Michael Addamo Wins World Series of Poker Marathon Event

23-Year-Old Poker Pro Banks $653,581 And First Career Bracelet


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The 2018 $2,620 buy-in Marathon event at the World Series of Poker was a five-day grind, with players starting the tournament with 26,200 in chips and competing with 100-minute levels. This year’s contest drew 1,637 entries, creating a prize pool of $3,860,046. That was only slightly down from last year’s field of 1,759.

In the end, 23-year-old Australian poker pro Michael Addamo emerged victorious, scoring his first career bracelet and the $653,581 first-place prize.

“It hasn’t quite hit,” Addamo said to WSOP reporters. “I’m sure when I wake up tomorrow it’ll hit me. I got lucky in some spots and got some chips."

Addamo, who has since relocated to Thailand after Australia’s online poker ban, now has more than $1.9 million in live tournament earnings. In 2017, he chopped an event at the PokerStars Championship Macau with Nick Petrangelo for $197,971 and his previous best score.

To secure the title, he had to overcome a final table that included the likes of Bart Lybaert (3rd), Taylor Paur (4th), WSOP main event champion Martin Jacobson (5th), Anton Morgenstern (7th), and Cate Hall (8th).

Other notables with a deep run included Jonas Mackoff (11th), Faraz Jaka (35th), Matt Affleck (44th), Scotty Nguyen (46th), Lee Markholt (48th), and Martin Staszko (49th).

Here is a look at the final table results.

Place Player Payout POY Points
1 Michael Addamo $653,581 1620
2 Mark Sleet $403,870 1350
3 Bart Lybaert $290,315 1080
4 Taylor Paur $210,995 810
5 Martin Jacobson $155,062 675
6 Ying Chan $115,244 540
7 Anton Morgenstern $86,631 405
8 Cate Hall $65,875 270
9 Ihar Soika $50,678 135

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