While poker may often be known as a fun game to many, the competitive sport is a full-time job for most professional poker players. Time off the tables is essentially as important as actually playing these games, and when you eventually get to the top, the battle between the best of the bests is on a whole different level. Luckily for some, a higher skill level equates to more constant winnings. Australia’s Michael Addamo is unlike any other with his stellar record first half of 2020 despite the circumstances brought about by the pandemic. His online record speaks for itself as he recently dominated multiple major events, cashing in a hefty paycheck to make his year highly profitable.
Addamo Wins the High Rollers Super MILLION$
An impressive win by notable pro Michael Addamo was recorded just this week as he took down the High Rollers Super MILLION$ event for a whopping $393,261.93. The two-day event ran on the GGPoker – Natural8 network and drew in a total of 196 eager pros to play it out on the cyber felt. Usual names in the high roller circuit came in to bag a chunk of the $2M guaranteed prize pool with esteemed pros Matthias Eibinger and Fedor Holz coming really close to securing the victory.
Holz, who came in the final table with one of the shortest stacks, managed to climb up the ranks and secure a third place spot for $228,917 in winnings. The three-hour final table play ensued leaving Eibinger and Addamo in heads up battle for the overall title. However, Addamo had already amassed a massive chip lead by this time, booking himself a somewhat sure win for the tournament. The Australian pro’s 8:1 chip advantage did not dishearten opponent Eibinger as he picked up quite a few pots to chip up but was never really able to catch up with Addamo’s big stack. Interestingly, the final hand came down as Eibinger called off with king-high for all his chips after Addamo three-barreled a board of 7c-As-7d-4h-5s. It was a good call for both flop and turn against Addamo’s hand of 2h-3d but quickly crushed when Addamo rivered a 5 for the wheel straight. Eibinger nonetheless, still booked a huge win taking $300,040 for his second place finish.
Back to back victories in partypoker high roller clubs
Aside from his most recent win, Addamo had already profited over $600,000 a week ago as he took down two of the biggest events on that Sunday’s MTT schedule. Jumping in on partypoker’s $25,500 buy-in High Roller Club Main Event $1M guaranteed, Addamo beasted through the 39-entry field to secure $407,500 in top prize.
|1||Michael Addamo||United Kingdom||$407,500|
|4||Juan Pardo||United Kingdom||$100,000|
One six-figure score for a day wasn’t enough for the pro as he instantly followed through with another win that same night. Partypoker’s $10,300 buy-in High Roller Club Mix-Max 2nd Chance event was the second victory the skilled pro dominated. A small field event as well, Addamo beat 50 other players to bag the biggest payout of $204,000. All together, his $611,500 in combined winnings for this one Sunday alone definitely puts him well above the green.
|1||Michael Addamo||United Kingdom||$204,000|
|2||Sergi Reixach||United Kingdom||$130,531|
|5||Juan Pardo||United Kingdom||$35,700|
Runner up of the Super High Roller Bowl for $1,187,500
The prestigious Super High Roller Bowl series was one of the major online tournaments many poker enthusiasts looked forward to last month. Featuring a $102,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl Main Event, Australia’s Michael Addamo was ready to score a SHRB title himself but ultimately fell short to American high stakes pro Justin Bonomo. The runner-up payout however, was definitely a great consolation as the outstanding Addamo bagged $1,187,500 in profit. A sweet seven-figure score during this trying time is truly a feat every poker player wishes to achieve.
His impressive run this first half of the year is an inspiration for a lot of poker fans striving to get to his level. The SHRB heads up battle was a crucial one as both sharks were fairly competent in the game in addition to the almost $600,000 gap in the payout for first and second. After roughly two hours of play, the final hand crushed Addamo’s chance of the title when his pocket queens got outflopped by Bonomo’s king-five. A heartbreaking moment indeed, the bad beat is well part of the game and definitely out of the control of any player.
|1||Justin Bonomo||United States||$1,775,000|
|3||David Peters||United States||$762,500|
|5||Dan Shak||United States||$325,000|
Additional notable online scores
– SCOOP-74-H: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max, Main Event]: $221,648 ( 6th place)
– Poker Masters:Event #11 $10,000: NLHE 6-Max $294,037 ( 1st)
Equally impressive live results
Addamo’s live record winnings as seen on the HendonMob database, is equally impressive as his latest online results.
Starting the year with a bang, Addamo binked Event #15 AUD 50,000 No Limit Hold’em – 50K challenge of the 2020 Aussie Millions Poker Championships held in Melbourne for AUD 1,073,790 (~USD 741,752). He then followed this initial triumph with even a bigeer subsequent win later on in the month. Making three final table finishes in the Australian Poker Open in Gold Coast, the notable pro bagged Event #7 AUD 100,000 No Limit Hold’em for AUD 1,288,000 (~USD 862,311). This latest result brought his lifetime earnings to over USD 8 million while positioning himself in 3rd place on Australia’s All Time Money List.
While live poker is seemingly on pause, the Australian pro is proving his efficient skill set in the online poker scene as well.
Overall, his recorded total winnings for the first half of 2020 alone is already over $4 million combining both live and online results. With more major series coming up including the 2020 WSOP Online series, poker enthusiasts can definitely expect to see more of Addamo making stellar wins and possibly even a chance of winning a highly coveted WSOP gold bracelet.