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Michael Addamo Wins WPT World Online Championships $100,000 Buy-In Event

Australian Tournament Star Tops Field of 40 Entries To Win $1,284,113


Australian poker pro Michael Addamo has won the latest six-figure buy-in super high roller tournament, defeating a field of 40 entries to take down the 2020 World Poker Tour World Online Championships $100,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em event. The two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner was awarded $1,284,113 for the win, the largest score of his young career. Addamo is just 26 years old, but he has already accumulated more than $11.1 million in recorded tournament scores.

The final table of this two-day, high-stakes tournament began with seven players remaining, but only the top six finishers would make the money. Addamo came into the final day with the lead, with Sergi Reixach and Christoph Vogelsang sitting on the next-largest stacks. WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Dvoress entered the day in the middle of the pack, but ultimately was first to be eliminated. He lost a sizable pot to Cogelsang off the bat, and then got his last 12 or so big blinds with with QDiamond SuitJDiamond Suit up against the ADiamond SuitQClub Suit of Reixach. Dvoress failed to improve and was knocked out on the money bubble.

Charlotte GodwinCharlotte Godwin came into the day as the shortest stack. According to a Twitter post from Jason Koon, Godwin won her way into this six-figure buy-in tournament via a $109 initial investment into a satellite. She managed to make her way through multiple successive qualifiers to earn a seat in this event, and then battled it out against the best tournament players in the world in order to find herself in the money and guaranteed at least a $229,600 payday. She had roughly $90,000 in prior live tournament cashes to her name. Godwin was still quite short stacke at the time of Dvoress’ bustout, but managed to win two all-ins to find herself in a more comfortable position.

Germany’s Christoph Vogelsang was the next to fall. The 2017 Super High Roller Bowl champion got the last of his short stack in with QHeart SuitQClub Suit, only to run into the KDiamond SuitKDiamond Suit of fellow SHRB champion Isaac Haxton. The pocket kings held up and Vogelsang hit the rail in sixth place ($229,600). Just moments later high-stakes online crusher Linus Loeliger was sent packing in fifth place when his QClub Suit10Spade Suit failed to outrun the 4Spade Suit4Heart Suit of Reixach. Loeliger earned $276,000 for his deep run.

Four-handed play began with Addamo as the clear chip leader and Godwin as the shortest stack, while Reixach and Haxton sat essentially tied for second with stacks of around 50 big blinds. Godwin had just 14 big blinds when the two medium stacks ended up clashing in the next big confrontation. Reixach min-raised as the first to act preflop with AHeart Suit4Heart Suit and Haxton three-bet to 131,000 from the big blind with AClub SuitKSpade Suit. Reixach four-bet all-in for 828,000 and Haxton called, having his opponent covered by roughly one big blind. The board ran out 8Spade Suit7Spade Suit2Spade Suit7Diamond Suit9Heart Suit and Reixach was sent home in fourth place ($374,000).

Godwin took a stand a few minutes later, getting her last 14 big blinds into the middle with AClub Suit2Diamond Suit. She received a call from Addamo’s ADiamond Suit6Heart Suit. Both players ended up with a pair of aces on a QSpade Suit10Spade Suit4Heart Suit5Club SuitASpade Suit runout, but Addamo’s six kicker played to earn him the pot and the knockout. Godwin cashed for $620,000 as the third place finisher, by far the largest score on her tournament resume. Given that she was only in for $109, Godwin had an incredbile return on investment (ROI) of 568,707.34 percent in this event.

Isaac HaxtonAddamo took 143 big blinds into heads-up play against Haxton, who sat with 107 big blinds following Godwin’s elimination. The two struck a deal heads-up based that distributed the remaining money based on ICM, leaving an additional $30,000 and the title to play for. They two battled it out for over two hours, with Haxton overtaking the lead early on only to have Addamo regain the advantage by winning a big pot with a flopped straight against a turned pair of aces for Haxton.

By the time the final hand was dealt, Addamo had built more than a 4:1 chip lead. In the decisive pot he limped in for 30,000 from the button with ADiamond Suit5Heart Suit and Haxton moved all-in for 753,000 (about 24 big blinds). Addamo made the call and the board ran out KHeart Suit3Heart Suit3Diamond SuitJClub SuitAHeart Suit and Addamo spiked an ace on the river to lock up the pot and the title. Haxton took home $1,216,286 as the runner up.

Here is a look at the payouts awarded at the final table:

Place Name Earnings
1 Michael Addamo $1,284,113
2 Isaac Haxton $1,216,286
3 Charlotte Godwin $620,000
4 Sergi Reixach $374,000
5 Linus Loeliger $276,000
6 Christoph Vogelsang $229,600

Godwin photo credit: partypoker LIVE.