Australian poker pro Michael Addamo is a ridiculously good poker player. The man from Melbourne is regarded as one of the best players of his generation. Addamo’s results speak for themselves. Dozens of live titles, including two World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets, and $8.3 million in winnings. And that’s just from his live poker tournaments.
Addamo is also a feared competitor in the online poker world. He’s better-known for his tournament prowess, but he’s also a dab hand at No-Limit Hold’em cash games. There’s a lot of money floating around the online poker world right now, especially on GGPoker and its various skins. This is because GGPoker is hosting an online edition of the 2020 WSOP.
Our hero has managed to WSOP online cashes to date. A 16th place finish in the $1,500 MILIONAIRE MAKER netted him $40,204. The Australian poker superstar finished second in the $10,000 Heads-Up Championship for $223,488. Addamo, however, is likely to be remembered this year as the player who lost during the biggest-ever NLHE cash game hand.
Australian Poker Star Runs Kings Into Aces
The hand in question broke a record that had stood for 12-years. All of the five biggest cash online cash game hands took place at Pot-Limit Omaha tables. The largest NLHE hand saw Tom “durrrr” Dwan and Di “urindanger” Dang create a $723,941 pot! Dang won that hand with aces against Dwan’s kings. Addamo now knows how Dwan felt that day.
This record-breaking hand took place on a five-handed table where the blinds were $500/$1,000 and a $200 ante. The action folded to Polish high stakes professional Wiktor Malinowski and he raised to $2,000. Everyone else folded to Addamo in the big blind and the Australian poker pro re-raised to $14,000. Malinowski responded with a raise of his own to $43,500. Addamo made it $108,000 and Malinowski called.
There was already more than $200,000 in the pot as the flop fell 5d-7h-2c. Addamo was first to act and he bet $71,775. Malinowski called the bet. Addamo bet again in the 9c turn, a bet of $100,146 and Malinowksi called again. The 5c landed on the river and Addamo greeted it with a $140,547 all-in bet. The shining star of Australian poker was called and turned over Ks-Kc. His Polish opponent flipped over As-Ac and raked in the monster-sized pot.
It is unclear how much money that hand cost Addamo because he and Malinowksi had been battling all evening. The highly aggressive duo had butted heads several times and Addmo was getting the better of those confrontations. Regardless, it must have stung to see an $842,438 pot slide to another player.
The Rise of Michael Addamo
Addamo was a talented chess player before becoming an Australian poker star. He’s known as “Imluckbox” in the online poker world but there’s more to his game that relying on pure luck.
His first live tournament cash came in August 2012, a mere A$99 in a tournament at Crown Melbourne. Addamo spent the majority of his early career playing in his native Australia. That changed when the Australian government changed its rules regarding online poker. Addamo, and dozens of other Australian poker pros, left Australia to continue plying their trade online.
It turned out to be a great decision on Addamo’s part because he’s crushed ever since. He’s won some of the biggest online tournaments and gone from strength-to-strength in the live arena.
He won his first WSOP bracelet in 2018, taking down the $2,620 NLHE Marathon event. This netted Addamo $653,581, his largest-ever prize. That record only stood for four months because he won bracelet number two in the €25,500 High Roller at the WSOP Europe. Addamo secured a €848,702 ($973,360) prize.
There’s no doubt Addamo is disappointed to lose such a massive cash game pot. There’s also no doubt he’ll have plenty more opportunities to win similar sums.
All monetary amounts are US dollars unless otherwise stated