The Australian Poker Open is a wrap and Stephen Chidwick is its inaugural champion while Michael Addamo took down the $100,000 Main Event to close out the series. Addamo collected $1,288,000 for this win today while Chidwick, who finished fourth for $280,000, brought his total for the series to $949,000 on top of which he’ll receive the $50,000 Championship prize.
“It feels great,” Chidwick said with a big smile after securing the Australian Poker Open Championship.
“I would love to complete the collection, get the whole set,” Chidwick joked, referring to his U.S. Poker Open title and setting his sights on the British Poker Open where he finished second in 2019.
“Hopefully these style of events continue because I think it’s a bit more of an achievable accolade to win a multiple of or, over time, determine who the best player is rather than looking at a single tournament. Obviously there’s a lot of luck involved in this too, but over the course of seven, eight, or ten events you’re going to see the better players win more often and it would be fun to see who can collect the most titles like this.”
Watch the final table of the $100,000 Australian Poker Open Main Event right here with commentary provided by Jeff Platt and Brent Hanks.
|Australian Poker Open Event #7 Results|
|1||Michael Addamo||United States||$1,288,000||350|
|2||Aaron Van Blarcum||United States||$784,000||245|
|3||Alex Foxen||United States||$448,000||175|
|4||Stephen Chidwick||United Kingdom||$280,000||140|
The final day of the Australian Poker Open started with the tensest money bubble in recent history as the Championship was on the line for Stephen Chidwick. More than an hour went by, despite the shallow stacks, before it was Kahle Burns who busted in fifth place to give Chidwick the championship and the $50,000 top prize.
Burns got very unlucky to hit the rail as – at the moment of his elimination – he wasn’t the shortest stack, it was Chidwick. Burns, however, found two kings and moved all in after chip leader Michael Addamo had raised. Addamo made the quick call with queen-eight of spade and the flop immediately brought two eight to give him trips. Burns shook his head and sighed as this marked the end of his run in this event.
With the Championship locked up, Chidwick had a big comeback to mount for a chance to win this event as well. That, however, did not work out as Aaron Van Blarcum sent him to the rail with sixes versus the Brit’s ace-king.
Alex Foxen, the current No.1 on the Global Poker Index just one spot ahead of Chidwick, was next to bust out at the hands of Van Blarcum. Van Blarcum called Foxen’s shove with ace-four of spades and was up against king-queen of clubs. Van Blarcums’s hand held up and he found himself heads up against Addamo.
Addamo, holding a big chip lead throughout the final table, was never in trouble one bit. On the final hand, Addamo flopped a flush draw against Van Blarcum’s middle pair, and the turn immediately brought what the Aussie was looking for.
“It was a pretty smooth ride, I was pretty fortunate,” Addamo said after securing yet another big win as his meteoric rise in poker continues.
Addamo was recently nominated by his peers for the title “Toughest Opponent” at the Global Poker Awards, which will be announced live on PokerGO on March 6th, and was grateful to be among the final four that also includes Chidwick, Ali Imsirovic, and Kahle Burns.
“That’s what you want to be as a poker player, the most feared player, I try to put people in tough spots.”
Looking back on his entire week at Star Gold Coast, Addamo has nothing but positive thoughts on both his performance and the venue. Addamo became the first Australian to win an Australian Poker Open event, finishing with the highest total cash earnings in this series and the third-highest points total.
“This week was fantastic. I am very impressive and it was my first time in the poker room here. The staff is fantastic and I had a great time.”
|2020 Australian Poker Open Championship Standings (final)|
|1||Stephen Chidwick||United Kingdom||$949,000||650|
|8||Aaron Van Blarcum||United States||$857,500||305|
|10||Erik Seidel||United States||$284,300||270|
|11||David ‘Chino’ Rheem||United States||$257,250||240|
|15||Alex Foxen||United States||$506,000||165|
|17||Seth Davies||United States||$176,250||150|
|18||George Wolff||United States||$116,000||150|
|21||Jorryt van Hoof||Netherlands||$94,000||90|
|22||Jamie Lee||United States||$47,200||90|
|23||Sean Winter||United States||$34,400||90|
|25||Elio Fox||United States||$29,500||60|
|26||Ben Lamb||United States||$23,600||60|
High stakes live poker coverage continues on Poker Central on Saturday with Day 1 of Super High Roller Bowl Australia. PokerGO coverage of this event is also available starting at midnight ET/9:00 pm PT.