|Feb 8 - 10, 2018||
No Limit Hold'em (Event #26)
Michael Addamo, who hails from Melbourne, is considered one of the best online and live poker players in Australia. He is currently leading the overall GPI ranking in the country.
Addamo started playing when he was still an actuary student. He began joining live tournaments in 2012 and cashed for extremely small amounts.
In 2015, his live tournament performance started picking up when he began to finish in 5-figure positions. His first 5-figure finish was in the 2015 Aussie Millions Championship Main Event when he placed 21st and took home US$31,605. This was followed 5 days after in the same festival when he made it to the final table and placed 5th in the Deep Freeze Event for US$19,060. In August of the same year, Addamo placed 4th in the Joe Hachem Poker Challenge and won US$24,308. He had 2 more finishes for the year that definitely made him someone to watch out for in the live tournament scene – namely, a 2nd place finish in the Australia New Zealand Poker Tournament (ANZPT) 6-Max Shot Clock Event for US$22,437 and a 26th place finish at the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Main Event in Macau for US$24,897.
Addamo‘s live tournament activity for 2016 happened mostly in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) where he was near to winning a bracelet in the $1,500 No Limit Holdem event. Failing to take home a bracelet, he instead finished 3rd for US$196,202 in the event.
The year 2017 proved to be another prolific year for Addamo in the live field. He started the year off by taking down the No Limit Holdem Pokerstars Championship in Macau for US$196,022. He followed this up 3 months after with a victory in the Crown Poker Championships High Roller Event for US$44,539. Although Addamo did not make any significant victories in the 48th WSOP Championship Festival, his consistent performance of making it In-the-Money had earned him enough points to be on the top of GPI Rankings for Australia.
Addamo‘s biggest and more prominent achievements, however, are seen online.
In a span of 4 years, his total profits online shot up from nothing to 6-figure earnings worth more than US$300,000. In 2016, he proved victorious in PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) $700 6-Max NLH Event. He won over US$142,000 for his efforts.
Michael Addamo, as a student, had once said that what he truly wanted was to become a professional poker player. True to his word, the man in 4 years had proven to be one of the formidable players in his country.
Without a doubt, he will also become of the household names in poker globally.
Photo: Michael Addamo (Photo Manuel Kovsca – Courtesy of PokerStars)