On Sunday afternoon, Salim Admon found his way to the winner’s circle of 2022 Stairway To Millions Event #4: $8,400 NL Hold’em. Admon topped a field of 56 entries to win the $138,880 first-place prize.
The largest score on Admon’s record came in a PGT-qualifying event in 2021, when he placed fourth in the Wynn Millions tournament for $619,160. In 2020, Admon took second in an MSPT event at Venetian for just under $220,000. Although bigger scores in terms of dollar amount, Admon pointed out how good it feels to get a victory of this magnitude.
“It feels really, really good,” Admon said. “I’ve come close a couple of times and it’s not the same. I’ve actually had a bigger cash, but this feels a little bit better.”
Admon topped Jesse Lonis in heads-up play, with start-of-day chip leader Chris Brewer taking third place.
|1||Salim Admon||United States||$138,880|
|2||Jesse Lonis||United States||$89,600|
|3||Chris Brewer||United States||$58,240|
|4||Jeremy Ausmus||United States||$44,800|
|5||Nick Petrangelo||United States||$35,840|
|6||Bill Klein||United States||$31,360|
There were 56 entries in Stairway To Millions Event #4: $8,400 NL Hold’em, creating a $448,000 prize pool. The top eight finishers placed in the money. Finishing outside the live-streamed final table were Shannon Shorr (7th – $26,880) and Michael Lang (8th – $22,400). Everyone to cash won an entry into Event #5: $15,800 NL Hold’em as part of their winnings.
On Day 1, Admon found a double up through Joseph Cheong in Level 6 that pushed him to more than 500,000 in chips. Later that level, Admon busted Cheong. In Level 7, Admon busted Benjamin Miner.
Later in the day, Admon knocked out Straton Wilhelm and Ralph Wong in Level 10. The elimination of Wong brought the field down to nine players, and the final nine combined to a single table. At the time, Admon was in the chip lead.
Nathan Zimnik busted in ninth place, falling on the bubble. He was eliminated by Admon when Admon’s pocket jacks held against Zimnik’s ace-king. After Michael Lang went out in eighth and Shannon Shorr busted in seventh, the final table of six was set for Sunday’s live stream. Admon finished Day 1 second in chips behind only Chris Brewer.
On Day 2, Bill Klein was first to bust in sixth place, falling to Brewer. Then it was Nick Petrangelo that hit the rail in fifth place, falling to Jesse Lonis. After that, Lonis took out Jeremy Ausmus in fourth place.
Admon finally got on the board in terms of scoring a knockout on Day 2 when he busted Brewer in third place. Brewer was all in with jack-ten against Admon’s ace-eight. After the money went in preflop, Brewer turned a pair of tens to take the lead in the hand. An ace hit on the river, though, ending the run for Brewer in third place and setting up the heads-up match between Admon and Lonis.
At the start of heads-up play, Lonis had a little bit of a lead over Admon. Lonis started with 2,985,000 to Admon’s 2,615,000. The two traded the chip lead early on in the match before Admon started to extend a lead. Eventually, the two both found Broadway cards in the hole and the money went in.
On the final hand, which took place at the 30,000-60,000 level with a 60,000 big blind ante, Lonis raised on the button with ace-jack, making it 150,000 to go. Admon had ace-king in the big blind and reraised all in. Lonis quickly called to put himself at risk for a little more than 2,000,000 in chips. Lonis couldn’t come from behind on the ace-king-six-seven-four run out and Admon was crowned champion of Event #4.
“I love the series and the idea,” Admon said of Stairway To Millions. “I don’t think I have a ton of feedback. It’s a really good way for players to get in on a smaller buy-in and play against really good competition. I like the idea of the potential to have a huge R.O.I. If somehow you make it from the $1,000, $2,000, or $4,000 level to the $25,000, $50,000, or $100,000 level, it would be a pretty big accomplishment.”
|Date||Event||Buy-In||Fee (On-Time)||Fee (Late/Reentry)||Starting Stack||Guarantee|
|Jan. 12||Stairway To Millions #1||$1,000||$100||$100||100,000||$100,000|
|Jan. 13||Stairway To Millions #2||$2,000||$150||$150||100,000||$100,000|
|Jan. 14||Stairway To Millions #3||$4,000||$100||$200||100,000||$100,000|
|Jan. 15||Stairway To Millions #4||$8,000||$200||$400||100,000||$200,000|
|Jan. 16||Stairway To Millions #5||$15,000||$400||$800||125,000||$300,000|
|Jan. 17||Stairway To Millions #6||$25,000||$500||$1,000||125,000||$500,000|
|Jan. 18||Stairway To Millions #7||$50,000||$1,000||$2,000||150,000||$500,000|
|Jan. 19||Stairway To Millions #8||$100,000||$1,000||$3,000||200,000||$1,200,000|