Event #11: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em was only Michael Addamo’s second event of the 2021 Poker Masters, but he topped all competitors and won it for $680,000. Addamo bested the field of 34 entries to win the title, and with it he moved to the top of the series leaderboard.

“It was incredible,” Addamo said of going on to win after starting Day 2 with the chip lead. “I had a great stretch of hands and I pretty much had it the whole time on the final table, so I can’t credit it to any good bluffing skills. Just good fortune.”

Not only did Addamo enter the final day with the chip lead, but he eliminated all four of his opponents en route to winning the title. On each elimination hand, Addamo had the best of it and his hands held up on each occasion.

“It’s definitely a relief,” Addamo said. “Sometimes, and I know this is kind of stupid, but I almost feel bad for everyone else that I’m running good. It’s kind of nice, although it’s better when you play good, I guess.”

For Addamo, this victory isn’t his first huge score and it very likely won’t be his last. He’s one of the best players on the tournament scene and continues to impress more and more every year.

“I just want to keep playing the big buy-ins,” Addamo said when asked about what else he would like to achieve in poker. “The 100Ks-plus is really exciting stuff and obviously this one as well. I’d just like to keep going, battling it out with all of the other top guys, and see how we go.”

If you’d like to relive all of the action from the final table, you can find the replay on PokerGO.com.

2021 Poker Masters Event #11 Results
Place Name Country Points Prize
1st Michael Addamo Australia 408 $680,000
2nd Jason Koon United States 265 $442,000
3rd David Coleman United States 163 $272,000
4th Alex Foxen United States 112 $187,000
5th Cary Katz United States 71 $119,000

Addamo first knocked out Cary Katz in fifth place. Addamo had pocket kings against Katz’s pocket jacks and the kings held. Katz picked up a $119,000 payday for his fifth-place result.

After Katz, Alex Foxen hit the rail in fourth place. Foxen also busted at the hands of Addamo, with Addamo’s ace-king holding strong against Foxen’s king-jack. Foxen earned a payday of $187,000.

David Coleman was the next player eliminated, falling in third place for $272,000. Coleman was all in with queen-jack against Addamo’s pocket fours. Despite going to the river with two over cards and a double-gutted straight draw, Coleman whiffed and Addamo scored his third knockout in a row.

Addamo entered heads-up play with the chip lead over Jason Koon and he didn’t look back. On the final hand, it was Addamo’s king-jack holding up against Koon’s king-nine to give the Australian the victory. Koon cashed for $442,000.

With the win, Addamo moved to the top of the 2021 Poker Masters leaderboard with 408 points. There is only one event remaining on the schedule, Event #12: $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em, and we’ll have to wait and see if anyone can catch Addamo.

You can see the top 10 of the 2021 Poker Masters leaderboard below.

2021 Poker Masters Leaderboard
Rank Name Points Wins Cashes Earnings
1st Michael Addamo 408 1 1 $680,000
2nd Lou Garza 376 0 4 $550,200
3rd Daniel Negreanu 372 1 3 $433,400
4th Brock Wilson 358 1 3 $414,300
5th Chris Brewer 349 1 4 $538,300
6th Jason Koon 345 0 3 $552,400
7th Sean Perry 280 1 3 $280,000
8th Stephen Chidwick 271 1 3 $296,100
9th Dylan DeStefano 260 0 3 $260,800
10th Jeremy Ausmus 219 0 3 $253,200

In the top 10 of the PokerGO Tour presented by Guaranteed Rate leaderboard, Cary Katz moved into fourth place following his fifth-place finish in this event. Katz now has 1,727 points. Ali Imsirovic still leads overall.

PokerGO Tour presented by Guaranteed Rate Leaderboard
Rank Name Points Wins Cashes Earnings
1st Ali Imsirovic 3,095 10 25 $4,080,960
2nd Sean Perry 2,301 6 21 $3,170,698
3rd Sam Soverel 1,773 3 19 $2,573,451
4th Cary Katz 1,727 2 21 $2,870,730
5th Chris Brewer 1,714 3 21 $2,602,320
6th Sean Winter 1,711 2 17 $2,794,570
7th David Peters 1,540 3 10 $3,074,470
8th Seth Davies 1,323 1 10 $2,146,600
9th Jake Schindler 1,284 2 14 $1,857,108
10th Andrew Moreno 1,200 1 1 $1,460,105

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