Aussie Poker Star Michael Addamo Wins $1,284,113

Aussie poker star Michael Addamo is regarded as being one of the best poker players of his generation. He added weight to those claims by winning a $102,000 buy-in event online at partypoker.

Forty of the world best players bought into the WPT World Online Poker Championships Super High Roller. They created a $4 million prize pool and the Aussie poker star secured the lion’s share of that sum.

Day 1 saw the 40 entrants whittled down to a more manageable seven players. Only six of these finalists went on to see a return on their investments. The ball was firmly in the court of Addamo with the Aussie poker star returning as the chip leader.

The money bubble burst when Daniel Dvoress crashed out in seventh-place. He was short-stacked and three-bet all-in for 11 big blinds with queen-jack. Sergi Reixach called with ace-queen. Reixach’s hand remained best, Dvoress bust, and everyone else locked up $229,600.

Christoph Vogelsang’s tournament ended in sixth-place. He got into a raising war with Isaac Haxton that resulted in Vogelsang moving all-in with pocket queens. Haxton instantly called with pocket kings and Vogelsang never caught up.

Fifth-place went to Linus Loeliger who is one of the world’s most dangerous players. His short stack shackled him somewhat, much to the relief of his opponents. His demise was confirmed when he moved all-in with queen-ten and Reixach called with a pair of fours. Those fours remained true and Loeliger headed for the exits.

Aussie Poker Star Addamo Guaranteed $374,000

The remaining four players were guaranteed $374,000 but Aussie poker star Addamo had his sights set higher.

Reixach ran out of steam after an ill-timed move with ace-four against Haxton’s ace-king. The Spaniard’s ace-four never connected with the board and he fell in fourth-place.

British recreational player Charlie Godwin busted in third. She won her $102,000 seat for only $109 via a satellite. Now she was locking horns with an Aussie poker star and the legendary Haxton.

Godwin’s tournament ended abruptly at the hands of Addamo. She moved all-in from the button with ace-deuce and the Aussie poker star called in the big blind with ace-six. Both players caught an ace on the river but Addamo’s kicker played, busting Godwin.

Addamo and Haxton were very deep stacked so decided to strike a deal for the remaining prize pool. Haxton locked up $1,216,286 and the Aussie poker star Addamo $1,234,113. This left an additional $50,000 for the eventual champion.

That extra $50,000 went to Addamo after an epic heads-up battle. It ended when the chips went into the middle preflop, Haxton holding pocket fives and Addamo ace-five. Haxton’s fives remained best up to the river, which was the ace of hearts. Addamo busted Haxton and became an online poker champion once again.

WPT World Online Championship Super High Roller Results

Place Player Country Prize
1 Michael Addamo Australia $1,284,113*
2 Isaac Haxton United States $1,216,286*
3 Charlie Godwin United Kingdom $620,000
4 Sergi Reixach Spain $374,000
5 Linus Loeliger Austria $276,000
6 Christoph Vogelsang Germany $229,600

*reflects a heads-up deal

Addamo is Australian poker’s brightest star, one who no longer calls Australia home. He moved out of Australia to continue his online poker career, first moving to Thailand. The United Kingdom is where the Aussie poker star calls home now.

It’s a shame the current Aussie rules for online poker are draconian because it prevents other Aussies from enjoying results like Addamo’s. Not being able to play online also means it less likely Aussie poker stars won’t play big live events. Our country has some fantastic poker players, but they’re being held back by current gambling regulations.