Melbourne’s Michael Addamo shone in the $100,000 buy-in Australian Poker Open Main Event and walked away with $1,288,000. Addamo has now won almost US$8 million from live poker tournaments during an illustrious career.

Australian Poker Open $100K Results: Addamo Wins

Place Player Country Prize
1 Michael Addamo Australia $1,288,000
2 Aaron Van Blarcum United States $784,000
3 Alex Foxen United States $448,000
4 Stephen Chidwick United Kingdom $280,000

The Star Gold Coast hosted the Australian Poker Open which attracted the best poker players in the world. Australia is a hot-bed of poker action lately, with the World Poker Tour and World Series of Poker both running festivals.

More than 70 table games and 1,400 pokies make up the Star Gold Coast casino, but poker stole the show. Twenty-eight players bought into the Australian Poker Open Main Event for a massive $100,000 and created a $2,800,000 prize pool. Only four players saw a return on their investment because of the compact field.

Australian pro Kahle Burns was the unfortunate soul to bust in fifth-place, the final position returning home empty-handed. Addamo raised with queen-eight and Burns moved all-in with a pair of kings. Burns was short-stacked so Addamo had the necessary odds to call. Call he did before flopping trips to send Burns to the showers in fifth-place.

It’s difficult to feel sorry for Burns, however, because he’s been on a tear of late. The Australian Poker Hall of Fame recently inducted Burns thanks to his ridiculous form. The Geelong-born star won two WSOP bracelets in 2019 and cashed for more than US$4.3 million. He’s already cashed for US$2,530,321 in 2020!

Stephen Chidwick added to his impressive lifetime winnings by claiming the $280,000 fourth-place prize. Chidwick’s demise came at the hands of Aaron Van Blarcum whose queen-jack beat the Brit’s ace-king.

World Number One Busts

American superstar Alex Foxen busted in third-place, again, at the hands of Van Blarcum. Foxen shoved with king-queen of clubs and Van Blarcum called with ace-four of spades. Van Blarcum’s hand held and Foxen fell by the wayside.

Foxen is the number-one ranked live poker tournament player in the world, according to the Global Poker Index. Kristen Bicknell, the partypoker-sponsored pro, is Foxen’s long-term partner and the female number-one in the world. What a power couple they make!

Addamo and Van Blarcum locked horns heads-up for the title and seven-figure prize. The Aussie held a chip lead at the start of play and never relinquished that lead. Addamo won the tournament when he made a flush to beat the middle pair of Van Blarcum.

Addamo In Hot Form

“ImLuckBox” is the online poker alias of Addamo who is in incredible form. Addamo won the $50,000 Challenge at the 2020 Aussie Millions for $1,073,790. His largest score came in 2018 when he won US$973,360 in the €25,500 WSOP Europe High Roller.

Addamo is a beast online, too. Last year, Addamo won the US$5,200 NLHE High Roller WCOOP event at PokerStars for $US258,952. PokerStars is part of The Stars Group who are merging with Flutter Entertainment to have a huge presence in Australia.

He used to reside in Thailand because of the many online poker sites withdrawing from the Australian market. Addamo became a poker refugee, like hundreds of Aussie poker players, as a result. It’s not illegal for Australians to play online casino or poker from home, but companies are prohibited from advertising their services to Aussie residents.

Millions of Aussies Gamble Offshore

Millions of Australians currently gambling online through offshore companies, spending billions of dollars in the process. The Australian government doesn’t receive any tax revenue from these offshore companies so are seriously missing out on revenue. Perhaps this is the year they change tact?