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Michael Addamo Wins His Fourth Career Bracelet To Continue Incredible High-Stakes Streak

The Australian Super High Roller Star Earned $1,958,569 For His Sixth Title of The Year


Michael Addamo has been on an incredible high-stakes tournament hot streak in the fall of 2021. The 27-year-old Australian poker pro has made eight final tables since Sept. 18, winning six titles and cashing for more than $9.4 million in less than a 10-week span. Two of his six titles came in some of the largest buy-in events at the World Series of Poker, including his most recent victory which saw him defeat a field of 64 entries to take down the $100,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em event.

Addamo earned $1,958,569 and his fourth career WSOP gold bracelet. This was the second time that Addamo has won two bracelets in a single year. He earned his first as the winner of the 2018 WSOP $2,620 buy-in event known as ‘The Marathon’. Later that year he took down the €25,500 high roller at the WSOP Europe for his second piece of WSOP hardware.

“I’ve been playing non-stop for three and a half months straight so I am ready for a break,” Addamo told PokerNews live reporters after securing this latest title.

Addamo started his streak by all the tail end of the Poker Masters high-stakes tournament series. He arrived for the end of the festival and won the final two events on back-to-back days to come away with the Purple Jacket and $1,840,000 in earnings. Just days later he finished as the runner-up in a $50,000 buy-in high roller for another $322,000 payday.

The winning spree continued a few days later, with Addamo emerging victorious in the 2021 Super High Roller Bowl for a career-best score of $3,402,000. Just over a week after that win he added another $544,000 in earnings by finishing third in a $200,000 buy-in high roller at ARIA.

He took down the $50,000 high roller event at the WSOP for his third bracelet in later October for his third seven-figure score in just over a month. A week later he locked up his fifth title of the year in a $15,000 high roller at ARIA before taking a few weeks away from the winner’s circle prior to this latest title run.

Michael AddamoAs he has done with many of his other wins this year, Addamo came into the final table as a runaway chip leader. His 19,620,000 in chips to start the day were more than the total combined chips of his four remaining opponents.

“I play a strategy where I put a lot of big bets in, like, that’s no secret. The solvers say I should use them, so I do. Sometimes you’re going to be out in the first level, and sometimes you’re going to run up a big stack. I might be more likely to have a big stack, or be out,” Addamo had told Card Player after his first bracelet win this fall when asked about this phenomenon.

Henrik Hecklen was the first to fall, with his Q-J failing to outrun the K-3 that Sam Soverel had shoved with from the small blind. Soverel made a pair of kings to take down the pot and eliminate Hecklen in fifth place ($434,523).

Soverel briefly overtook the chip lead not long after securing that knockout. He got all-in with top pair against the low two pair of Addamo on the turn, and managed to pair his kicker on the river to double up.

Sean Perry was the next to hit the rail, with his pocket sixes running into the pocket eights of Kevin Rabichow. An eight on the flop extended Rabichow’s advantage, and unhelpful turn and river cards sent Perry home with $590,344. This was his 20th final-table finish of the year. The 360 Card Player Player of the Year points he earned were enough to move him into third place in the overall standings.

Sam SoverelSoverel lost a big pot against Addamo without a showdown to relinquish the top spot on the leaderboard. He then doubled up a second time to surge back ahead. A third big all-in clash between the two saw Addamo at risk with JDiamond Suit10Club Suit against the AClub SuitJSpade Suit of Soverel. Addamo spiked a ten on the turn to retake a commanding advantage as three-handed play continued.

Soverel ultimately got all-in with A-10 against Addamo’s A-J. This time Addamo flopped trip jacks and held from there to eliminate Soverel in third place ($830,992). He earned 480 POY points for his 19th qualified final-table finish of the year, enough to see him climb to fifth place in the rankings.

With that, Addamo took more than a 5:1 chip lead into heads-up play with Rabichow. In the final hand, Addamo shoved from the button with KClub Suit2Spade Suit and Rabichow called with ASpade Suit6Heart Suit. The board ran out 5Heart Suit5Diamond Suit2Heart SuitQSpade Suit7Diamond Suit and Rabichow was eliminated as the runner-up. He was awarded $1,210,487 for his strong showing in this event.

“Kevin is a heads-up player originally, so it would have been quite tough if he doubled up,” Addamo told PokerGO News. “Fortunately, it was only 10 big blind poker, so there wasn’t a whole lot going on.”

Addamo earned 720 POY points for his latest win. All of his live tournament scores have come in the fall, and despite his late start, his incredible high roller run in recent months has been enough to move him into 18th place in the 2021 POY race, which is sponsored by Global Poker. He also secured 400 PokerGO Tour points. With 3083 total points, he now sits in 2nd place on that leaderboard behind only current top-ranked player Ali Imsirovic.

Here is a look at the payouts and rankings points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings POY Points PokerGO
1 Michael Addamo $1,958,569 720 400
2 Kevin Rabichow $1,210,487 600 400
3 Sam Soverel $830,992 480 249
4 Sean Perry $590,344 360 177
5 Henrik Hecklen $434,523 300 130
6 Sorel Mizzi $331,806 240 100
7 Sam Grafton $263,227 180 79
8 Mikita Badziakouski $217,274 120 65
9 Bill Klein $186,909 60 56

Winner photo credit: Hayley Hochstetler.