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Michael Addamo Wins Third World Series of Poker Bracelet In $50,000 High Roller

Australian Pro Continues 2021 Dominance With $1.1 Million Victory Over Justin Bonomo


Australian poker pro Michael Addamo continued his assault on the high roller tournament scene by earning his third World Series of Poker bracelet Friday night at the Rio.

Addamo defeated Justin Bonomo heads-up and bested an elite field of 81 entries in the $50,000 no-limit hold’em eight-max event. Bonomo took home $700,228 for his runner-up finish and inches closer to reclaiming his top spot on poker’s all-time money list.

Addamo’s third bracelet comes just a month after he won the 2021 Super High Roller Bowl for a career-best score of $3.4 million. In 2021 alone, Addamo has four titles and nearly $7.4 million in earnings between live and online tournaments. He’s quickly becoming one of the more feared players in the highest stakes available, which only added to the pressure of picking up his third piece of WSOP gold.

“It does put some pressure [on you], because if you internalize and believe that, you can become complacent, and sometimes that might make you study less,” said Addamo after the victory. “I just try and keep humble and try not to let it go to my head and just keep working and studying hard.”

Two of Addamo’s three bracelets have come in high roller events. Along with Friday’s win, he took down the €25,000 high roller at the 2018 WSOP Europe. His first win came at the Vegas-based series earlier that year when he took down the $2,620 “Marathon” no-limit hold’em for $653,581.

Friday’s victory was the fourth seven-figure score of his career, which brings his total career earnings to $15.5 million.

Along with the prize money, Addamo picked up 700 points in the PokerGO Tour points race, climbing into second place in the standings as a result with 2,464 total points and more than $7.2 million in qualifying earnings.

Addamo also took home 816 Card Player POY points to move into 34th place in the 2021 POY race, which is sponsored by Global Poker.

Runner-up Justin BonomoThe third and final day of the event, which was streamed live on PokerGO, started with five players and Addamo holding a massive chip lead, with 11.4 million of the roughly 23.4 million chips in play. The field was trimmed down the eight-handed final table late on Day 2 and watched Mustapha Kanit, Sam Soverel and Bin Weng bust before the final five players bagged up chips for the night.

Chris Hunichen was overwhelming short stack and came in with less than four big blinds. He scored a few double ups, but eventually busted in fifth when he was all in preflop when he defended his big blind, check-called the flop and then jammed the turn with QHeart Suit9Heart Suit on a JSpade Suit7Heart Suit6Spade Suit8Heart Suit board.

Addamo called with JHeart Suit10Club Suit, good for top pair and was in the lead with top pair against Hunichen’s combo draw and overcard. Addamo rivered trips which eliminated Hunichen in fifth.

Addamo continued his onslaught by eliminating poker legend and nine-time WSOP bracelet winner Erik Seidel.

With a big blind of 120,000, Seidel limped from the small blind and Addamo raised to 480,000. Seidel raised all in for 4,800,000 and Addamo called. It was a race for Seidel’s tournament with his 8Diamond Suit8Heart Suit up against Addamo’s AHeart SuitKSpade Suit.

The flop was KHeart SuitJSpade Suit3Spade Suit, which gave Addamo a big advantage. The turn was the 2Heart Suit and the river was the QSpade Suit. Addamo’s pair of kings sent yet another pot this way and eliminated one of poker’s most accomplished tournament players in fourth for $358,665.

At the start of three-handed pay, Gal Yifrach was the short stack with about 10 big blinds. Addamo had the chip lead with about 146 big blinds of his own, while Bonomo was the middling stack with about 50.

For the first time, Addamo showed signs of slowing down. First, Yifrach doubled through him with A-10 against Q-10 and then Bonomo picked off a massive bluff to pull nearly even into the chip lead.

With a big blind of 120,000, Addamo raised to 480,000 from the small blind and Bonomo defended his big blind. Both players checked a flop of JClub Suit10Diamond Suit3Heart Suit and the QClub Suit came on the turn. Addamo bet 1,100,000 and Bonomo called.

The river was the JHeart Suit and Bonomo moved all in, for effectively Bonomo’s last 3,400,000. He tanked for more than six minutes before sticking his chips into the middle with KSpade Suit10Heart Suit. Addamo flashed 9Spade Suit2Club Suit and sent his cards into the muck.

Yifrach scored a second double up through when he was all in with KHeart SuitJHeart Suit against Addamo’s KDiamond Suit8Club Suit, which actually moved Bonomo into the chip lead.

Addamo eventually got back to his winning ways by sending Yifrach to the rail in third. With a 160,000 big blind, Yifrach limped-shoved from the small blind for 3,800,000 over a raise from Addamo in the big blind. Addamo called.

The Australian was in the lead with 8Spade Suit8Diamond Suit against Yifrach’s ADiamond Suit7Club Suit. The board ran out 6Spade Suit4Diamond Suit3Spade SuitKSpade SuitASpade Suit and although Yifrach rivered an ace, the four spades on the board gave Addamo a winning flush.

It eliminated Yifrach in third and gave Addamo a slight chip lead against Bonomo heading into heads-up play.

The two battled back-and-forth for a bit, but neither found themselves with a sizable lead. Eventually all the chips went into the middle with Addamo’s KHeart SuitJHeart Suit in the lead against Bonomo’s 10Diamond Suit9Spade Suit.

The flop was QDiamond SuitJClub Suit10Heart Suit moved Addamo into the lead, but the 10Spade Suit gave Bonomo the best hand. Addamo would need to hit a 9, jack or ace to win his third bracelet. The AClub Suit came on the river to give Addamo the bracelet and the $1.13 million that came with it.

Final Table Results:

Place Player Earnings POY Points PokerGO
1 Michael Addamo $1,132,968 816 700
2 Justin Bonomo $700,228 680 420
3 Gal Yifrach $495,305 544 297
4 Erik Seidel $358,665 408 215
5 Chris Hunichen $266,301 340 160
6 Bin Weng $202,236 272 121
7 Sam Soverel $157,666 204 95
8 Mustapha Kanit $126,141 136 76