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.

The 2020 Australian Poker Open Champion

“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.

Stephen Chidwick
Winning Event #5 at the Australian Poker Open laid the basis for Stephen Chidwick’s Championship win.
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 Australian Poker Open Main Event

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)
Name Country Payout Points
1 Stephen Chidwick United Kingdom $949,000 650
2 Andras Nemeth Hungary $534,100 630
3 Michael Addamo Australia $1,685,500 560
4 Mike Watson Canada $241,500 450
5 Luc Greenwood Canada $717,700 360
6 Farid Jattin Colombia $360,500 360
7 Joni Jouhkimainen Finland $231,500 330
8 Aaron Van Blarcum United States $857,500 305
9 Timothy Adams Canada $416,500 300
10 Erik Seidel United States $284,300 270
11 David ‘Chino’ Rheem United States $257,250 240
12 Orpen Kisacikoglu Turkey $157,000 210
13 Michael O’Grady Australia $118,000 210
14 Najeem Ajez Australia $93,600 210
15 Alex Foxen United States $506,000 165
16 Andy Lee Australia $183,750 150
17 Seth Davies United States $176,250 150
18 George Wolff United States $116,000 150
19 Benjamin Shannon Australia $82,600 150
20 Steve O’Dwyer Ireland $122,500 120
21 Jorryt van Hoof Netherlands $94,000 90
22 Jamie Lee United States $47,200 90
23 Sean Winter United States $34,400 90
24 Matthias Eibinger Austria $58,750 60
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.

Stephen Chidwick, Alex Foxen, Michael Addamo, Kahle Burns, Aaron Van Blarcum