Australian professional poker players Kahle Burns and Michael Addamo won Poker Masters titles last week. partypoker is hosting the high stakes series after the COVID-19 outbreak resulted in live poker being cancelled in the United States.

Poker Masters is a high stakes series that usually takes place in Las Vegas. Casinos in Vegas are currently closed, just like the Crown and The Star in Australia. Players still wanted to compete in the series, so partypoker decided to host it online. This turned out well for Burns and Addamo because they’re now Poker Masters champions.

Poker Masters #10: $500K Gtd NLHE 8-Max

Burns’ impressive victory came in the Poker Masters #10: $500K Gtd NLHE 8-Max event. A field of 119-players paid $10,300 and created a $1,190,000 prize pool. This giant pot was shared among the top 16 finishers with Burns securing the lion’s share.

The top four finishers all walked away with a six-figure prize. Austria-based Italian Gianluca Speranza collected $104,125 for his fourth-place finish. Third-place and $148,750 went to Finland’s Eelis Parssinen, which left Burns and Luuk Gieles heads-up for the title.

Gieles is a superb poker player hailing from the Netherlands. He couldn’t stop Burns, however. Burns secured the $291,550 top prize and resigned Gieles to a $208,250 consolation prize.

This is the latest in a long line of impressive victories for Burns. He’s gone from playing low stakes cash games at Crown Melbourne, to dominating the high stakes poker scene. Long may that continue.

Place Player Country Prize (USD)
1 Kahle Burns Mexico $291,550
2 Luuk Gieles Netherlands $208,250
3 Eelis Parssinen Finland $148,750
4 Gianluca Speranza Austria $104,125
5 Joao Vieira Netherlands $77,350
6 Wiktor Malinowski Germany $59,500
7 Edwin Villalobo Amaya Mexico $47,600
8 Vicent Bosca Ramon United Kingdom $38,675

Poker Masters #11: $500K Gtd NLHE 6-Max

Addamo now lives in the United Kingdom but Australia is still his true home. He left Australia to continue his online poker career in a timezone where he wasn’t disadvantaged against his fellow elite players.

He too, like Burns, is now a Poker Masters champion. Addamo took down the $10,300 buy-in Poker Masters #11: $500K Gtd NLHE 6-Max for a cool $294,037.

Addamo was one of 94-entries in the $500,000 guaranteed short-handed event. The top pros love this format because it creates more action than full ring.

Belarus’ Aliaksandr Hirs was the first finalist to bust, a finish worth $39,950. Justin Bonomo banked $58,750 for his fifth-place exit before Yahia Fahmy crashed out. Fahmy won $82,250 from the comfort of his Cyprus home.

Jorryt Van Hoof is another pro player who emigrated to the UK. The Dutch national has several deep Poker Masters runs to his name. This one ended in a third-place finish that weighed in at $112,800.

Chris Hunichen and Addamo have locked horns hundreds of times in online poker circles over the years. Addamo came out on top this time around. Victory netted the hugely talented Aussie $294,037 and Hunichen scooped $183,300.

Place Player Country Prize (USD)
1 Michael Addamo United Kingdom $294,037
2 Chris Hunichen Costa Rica $183,300
3 Jorryt Van Hoof United Kingdom $112,800
4 Yahia Fahmy Cyprus $82,250
5 Justin Bonomo Canada $58,750
6 Aliaksandr Hirs Belarus $39,950

More Huge Events Scheduled

All those competing in the Poker Masters agreed to take Monday off with play resuming Tuesday. We expect both Burns and Addamo to fight it out in a $25,500 buy-in event that has $1 million guaranteed.

Four other $25,500 buy-in events are planned, plus a massive Main Event. The Poker Masters Main Event start on April 26, costs $51,000 to enter and has $2 million guaranteed! Good luck to our Aussie grinders!

All monetary amounts are in USD as per partypoker’s default currency
Player locations as displayed in the partypoker lobbies