Michael Addamo is Australia’s new highest ever poker earner

by Mia Chapman Last Updated
Michael Addamo is Australia’s new highest ever poker earner

Michael Addamo is Australia’s new king of poker.

Sporting News reports that since Australia’s Joe Hachem won the $7.5 million World Series of Poker Main Event in 2005, he has been Australia’s highest poker earner of all-time.

But not any more.

After winning three huge tournaments in a row through September, Addamo has surpassed Hachem’s career earnings of $12.6 million, to amass more than $13.5 million, putting him 63rd on the all time list for poker winnings.

Addamo reached the pinnacle of Australia’s poker earnings by netting more than $5 million in September, to lift his ranking from fourth to first in a matter of days.

The 27-year-old started his extraordinary run by winning the $50,000 buy-in event at the Poker Go Masters on September 17 to collect $680,000, outlasting 34 opponents.

Only a day later, he clinched the $100,000 buy-in event at the same series, winning $1.16 million in a 29-strong field.

But his crowning achievement and the win that pushed his earnings above Hachem, was the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl at the Poker Go Masters, finishing first ahead of 21 opponents to take home $3.42 million.

Addamo will now compete at the 2021 World Series of Poker at Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, where he will play a number of events before trying to emulate Hachem by winning the Main Event on November 4.

The Melbourne-born player has excelled at WSOP in the past, winning two bracelets, with the first coming in a $2620 buy-in Marathon event at WSOP 2018 and the second in the same year at WSOP Europe in the 25,500 euro Super High Roller event.

Strong start key to Addamo’s biggest win

The $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl started out strong for Addamo, who took a massive pot after defeating Daniel Negreanu in Level 1.

In that hand against Negreanu, he got paid off with the nut straight when he over-bet the river.

Interestingly enough, he used the same strategy to finish off Justin Bonomo heads up for the title on the very last hand of the tournament.

Heading into the final day, Addamo held a massive chiplead over his four opponents.

The pressure was on given that 40 per cent of the remaining players on Wednesday would go home down their $300,000 buy-in, and the minimum cash was just north of $1 million.

Alex Foxen entered play fourth in chips and was looking to rebound from a disappointing day two finish.

The former college football athlete held a huge chip lead throughout much of day two, but lost back more than half  his stack before Tuesday’s session ended.

Day three wasn’t much better for the American and he was eliminated in fifth place out of 21, two spots shy of the money.

Unlike Foxen, Chris Brewer had been nursing a small stack throughout most of the final two days.

He never could quite grind his way back into contention.

With Bonomo holding a big stack on the button, he jammed 10 and 4 hearts with the two small stacks.

Brewer and Sean Winter, in the blinds.

Addamo fights it out with Bonomo for the win

The blind stealing attempt didn’t work through because Brewer woke up with ace diamond and queen spade and promptly made the call.

But he would end up bubbling when the board ran out queen diamond, seven heart, five heart, jack spade and king heart, giving Bonomo a winning flush.

Winter didn’t survive long, with Bonomo up against Addamo at the finish.

Bonomo used a multitude of time extension chips before deciding that in his final hand, that top two-pair was just too strong heads-up to fold.

He made a call and found out it was bad news.

He started with a queen and 10 spade, that were raised by Addamo after he had seven and two diamonds.

The next four cards were: four diamond, three diamond, two heart and queen diamond, giving Addamo a flush.

Bonomo was done, taking home $1.89 million, while Addamo netted $3.4 million from the event.

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