Michael Addamo Doubles Bracelet Tally at 2018 WSOP Europe

Michael Addamo Doubles Bracelet Tally at 2018 WSOP Europe

Michael Addamo made the trip all the way over from Australia to compete specifically at the High Roller events taking place at the 2018 WSOP Europe in the Czech Republic. Despite landing just before the start of Event #8: €25,500 No-Limit Hold’em Super High Roller, however, the 23-year old pro seemed to suffer no ill effects, and managed to bag the chip lead on Day 1.

Addamo subsequently maintained his focus all the way through the long grueling three day tournament, and after navigating his way past a field of 133-entrants saw off his last opponent, Germany’s Christian Rudolph, at a little after 6 O’clock in the morning to earn a second career bracelet, as well as €848,702 ($973,360) in prize money. Following his remarkable performance, Addamo commented that he was “definitely gonna catch up on some sleep now.”

Doubles Bracelet Tally

Michael Addamo is no stranger to playing long tiring and demanding tournaments, though, as earlier this year he won his first WSOP bracelet after taking down the THE MARATHON $2,620 NLHE event in Las Vegas for $653,581. The competition is nicknamed the mini Main Event for good reason, too, as it is the only tournament other than the Main Event to feature an extremely slow structure which allows participants to enjoy a lot of play for their money. That score also represented his best result to date, until his latest victory at the King’s Casino Rozvadov this week bumped his personal record up to just shy of $1 million.

As a result, Michael Addamo now has $3,104,779 in live earnings to his name, placing him at number 9 on Australia’s ‘All Time Money List’. Currently at number one is Joe Hachem on $12,294,523, followed a fair distance back by Jeff Rossiter ($6,650,070), Jeff Lisandro ($5,624,410), and then Jonathan Karamalikis ($4,135,147).

Michael Addamo has also won a further $2,801,706 playing online tournaments under the screen name M8675309a, with most of that money earned on PokerStars.

€25,500 Super High Roller

The €25,500 Super High Roller proved a hugely popular draw, with the 113 players who entered the event helping to create a prize pool of €3,158,750 ($3,622,711), or three times its initial guarantee. Twenty money places were subsequently on offer, and amongst the big name pros booking a cash was Sylvain Loosli in 18th (€38,365), Rainer Kempe in 13th (€49,951), and Vladimir Troyanovskiy in 12th (€59,176).

Benjamin Pollak (Q-Q) then scored a double elimination over Timothy Adams (K-K) and Matthias Eibinger (Q-J) following a Q-10-3-6-A board by the dealer, with their departures in 10th (€71,821) and 9th place respectively heralding the start of the eight handed final table.

Final Table

Out in front as chip leader was Benjamin Pollak on 70bbs, while Christian Rudolph had 37bbs, followed by Mikita Badziakouski (29bbs), Dominik Nitsche (21bbs), Michael Addamo (19bbs), Winfred Yu (17bbs), James Romero (14bbs) and Manig Loeser (14bbs).

Soon after, Manig Loeser shipped his remaining chips all in preflop holding K-8, but exited in 8th place after Winfred Yu looked him up with a dominating A-8 hand. Next, Christian Rudolph (A-Q) took care of James Romero (A-10) in 7th, before being dealt pocket nines and seeing off Winfred Yu (A-10) in 6th.

Rudolph (8-8) followed up by sending Dominik Nitsche (A-J) to the rail in 5th, after which it was the turn of Michael Addamo to shine. Addamo (A-3) started by eliminating Badziakouski (A-5) in 4th, while his pocket sevens were also good enough to end Pollak’s (A-Q) tournament in 3rd and set up heads-up play for the bracelet.

Heads-Up Recap

The final battle got underway at around 4 a.m. local time, with both Michael Addamo and Christian Rudolph fairly even in chips. The advantage changed hands on several occasions, though, but by the time the deciding moment arrived Addamo had almost twice the chips of his remaining opponent. The final showdown amounted to a simple coin flip, too.

Rudolph moved all in preflop holding A-7, and after Addamo made the call with pocket fives, the dealer produced a Q-8-3-8-10 board to bring the marathon contest to a close just after Dawn. Rudolph collected €524,532 for his second place finish, representing by far his biggest score to date, while Addamo doubled his career gold bracelet tally, and walked away with a top prize of €848,702.

Final Table Results

1: Michael Addamo (Australia) €848,702
2: Christian Rudolph (Germany) €524,532
3: Benjamin Pollak (France) €370,219
4: Mikita Badziakouski (Belarus) €266,767
5: Dominik Nitsche (Germany) €196,328
6: Winfred Yu (Hong Kong) €147,642
7: James Romero (USA) €113,505
8: Manig Loeser (Germany) €89,253