|Dec 16 - 18, 2018||
No Limit Hold'em - EPT Prague High Roller #34
Michael Addamo, hailed as one of the best online and live poker players from Australia, is a two-time World Series of Poker champion. He won his first gold bracelet in June 2018 defeating a field of 1,637 at the US$2,620 Marathon Event in Las Vegas. He earned a hefty US$653,581 which at the time became his single largest live tournament career payout.
In late October 2018, Addamo claimed his second career gold after winning the 2018 WSOPE €25,000 High Roller event. This awarded him an enormous €848,702 (~US$973,360) which is now his largest live tournament score. 2018 has seen Addamo amass over US$1.3 Million in live earnings. He currently holds the lead in the GPI Australia ranking.
Looking back at Addamo’s beginnings, he started playing poker when he was still an actuary student. He joined live tournaments in 2012 and cashed for extremely small amounts.
Three years later, in 2015, his live tournament performance started gaining momentum. He secured several five-figure payouts, among them was a near win at the Australia New Zealand Poker Tournament (ANZPT) 6-Max Shot Clock Event finishing 2nd for US$22,437. Prior to that, he finished 4th at the Joe Hachem Poker Challenge Main Event for US$24,308.
The following year, Addamo joined the masses at the 2016 WSOP and cashed in seven events. He nearly captured a bracelet at the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event where finished 3rd for US$196,202. This was the first six-figure payout of his live tournament career. In total, he earned US$250K at the series.
Continuing on to the next year, 2017 proved to be another prolific year for Addamo in the live field. He started off by finishing 3rd at the Aussie Millions A$1,150 No Limit Hold’em Opening Event, earning A$117,910, his largest cash on home soil. In March, he took down the PokerStars Championship Macau HK$82,400 No Limit Hold’em event for another big payout worth HK$1,522,855 (US$196,022). Then a month after, in April, he earned a victory at the Crown Poker Championships High Roller Event for A$58,900 (US$44,539).
Still searching for a win at the WSOP, he cashed in 9 events with a 3rd place finish at the US$333 No Limit Hold’em WSOP.com Online event for US$54,044. Overall, his consistent performance of making it In-the-Money throughout 2017 earned him enough points to be at the top of GPI Rankings for Australia.
While 2017 saw Addamo rise tremendously in the live arena, 2018 has become an even bigger year. He opened with a strong runner-up finish at the Aussie Millions A$1,150 No Limit Hold’em Opening Event for A$194,690 (US$154,925), improving on his previous year’s placement by one spot. Returning to Macau, he collected three weighted payouts with the largest of HK$590,000 (US$75,441) for 3rd place at the APPT Macau HK$50,000 No Limit Hold’em event.
What came next were his WSOP achievements, finally winning his first-ever bracelet in the summer then captured a second at the WSOPE in October. To-date, Addamo now sits with over US$3.1M in live tournament earnings.
In addition, Addamo’s online achievements are equally prominent. 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 the 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 has proven to be one of the formidable players in his country, and without a doubt, he has become a household name in poker globally.
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