Just one day after winning Event #11: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $680,000, Michael Addamo cruised to victory in Event #12: $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em for another $1.16 million payday.
“It’s been an incredible run of winning a lot of all ins – it’s just insane,” Addamo said of going back to back in the final two events, winning a combined $1.84 million.
The back-to-back victories in the two biggest events of the series allowed Addamo to crush the 2021 Poker Masters series leaderboard. With 808 points, Addamo was crowned the 2021 Poker Masters champion, winning the coveted Purple Jacket and additional $50,000 prize.
“I’d say mostly relief,” Addamo said when describing his emotions. “I tend not to sleep too well during these things, so I always look forward to the sleep after these. I guess mainly relief but I’m sure the excitement will come soon.”
With the seven-figure score, Addamo eclipsed $10 million in live tournament earnings as he continues to climb towards becoming Australia’s top all-time money earner as tracked by HendonMob.com. Joe Hachem currently leads with almost $12.7 million in earnings, followed by Kahle Burns with $10.7 million in earnings.
“This is definitely up there,” Addamo said about where this two-day run ranks among some of his other hot streaks. “I don’t think I’ve won two tournaments in quick succession of this size before, so this is definitely probably the biggest one, I’d say.”
Climbing the ranks of poker to compete in the highest stakes available, such as the ones offered inside the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas, is not an easy task. Like so many of his fellow high-stakes competitors, Addamo pointed to the importance of studying the game off the felt in order to find such great success on it.
“It’s extremely important,” Addamo said of the importance of preparing off the felt. “I’ve put in so many hours studying the game, and I still feel like every time I get humbled and that there’s still so many things to learn. But it’s incredibly important and you can see who has been putting in the work and who hasn’t.”
When asked more specifically about how he feels his game stacks up against his opponents at this level, Addamo said: “I think I’m definitely up there. I play a lot against these guys online. I think my game shapes up pretty well against them.”
Now a Poker Masters champion, Addamo turns his attention to the upcoming Super High Roller Bowl, which boasts a $300,000 buy-in with some of the game’s greatest players in action from September 27-29.
“I’m definitely looking forward to that one,” Addamo said about the upcoming Super High Roller Bowl. “It’s really fun when they have these super big buy-ins of 250K, 300K, etc., and I get super excited for them.”
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 #12 Results|
|2nd||Nick Petrangelo||United States||226||$754,000|
|3rd||Alex Foxen||United States||139||$464,000|
|4th||Stanley Tang||United States||96||$319,000|
Entering the final table as the short stack, Mikita Badziakouski, who won Event #10: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em, busted in fifth place for $203,000. He was eliminated by Addamo.
Next to go was Stanley Tang. Like Badziakouski, Tang was busted by Addamo, as Addamo continued his run of eliminating opponents at the final table that stretched back to Event #11 when he knocked out all four of his opponents on the final day. Tang took fourth and picked up a $319,000 payday.
Addamo did not eliminate Alex Foxen in third place, though. That honor belonged to Nick Petrangelo. Foxen was all in with king-four against Petrangelo’s king-seven and Petrangelo’s hand held up. Foxen picked up $464,000 in prize money.
At the start of heads-up play, Addamo had the chip lead with 4.615 million to Petrangelo’s 1.19 million. Getting to heads-up play gave Addamo the 2021 Poker Masters overall series victory, $50,000 in prize money, and the Purple Jacket.
On the final hand, the blinds were 15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 big blind ante. On the button, Petrangelo raised to 70,000 with the and Addamo called with the to take the flop. Addamo checked, Petrangelo bet 50,000, and Addamo raised to 165,000. Petrangelo made the call and the hit the felt on the turn. Addamo checked and Petrangelo fired 250,000. Addamo made the call, then the landed on the river. Addamo checked and Petrangelo moved all in for 545,000. Addamo thought it over and then made the call with the best hand, eliminating Petrangelo in second place and winning the tournament. Petrangelo cashed for $754,000 for his runner-up performance.
You can see the top 10 of the 2021 Poker Masters leaderboard below.
|2021 Poker Masters Leaderboard|
Alex Foxen was the addition within the top 10 of the PokerGO Tour presented by Guaranteed Rate leaderboard. He moved into ninth place with 1,317 points, moving ahead of Jake Schindler and knocking Andrew Moreno out of the top 10. It remains Ali Imsirovic at the top with 3,095 points and he’ll be the leader entering the Super High Roller Bowl.
|PokerGO Tour presented by Guaranteed Rate Leaderboard|