WSOPC – Natural8: Double bracelet winners Michael Addamo and Yuri Dzivielevski capture WSOP rings; four rings remain; MAIN EVENT entry days ongoing

Celebration in the air for double bracelet winners Michael Addamo and Yuri Dzivielevski as both took down events to capture their first ever WSOP circuit ring. Australian pro Addamo prevailed at the US$ 400 NEW YEAR COLOSSUS, becoming the second player to win a Natural8 LiveX Live Event Sponsorship Package. For Brazilian pro Dzivielevski, he triumphed at the US$ 800 FIFTY STACK No Limit Hold’em. Check out our recaps below.

The World Series of Poker Winter Online Circuit got underway on Natural8 – GG Network on December 13 and will run until January 10 inclusive. Out of the 18 rings up for grabs, only 4 are left which includes the MAIN EVENT championship ring. Of all the events offered, this is the one to conquer. Starting flights have been running since January 2. For a buy in of US$ 1,700, players have a chance at the staggering US$ 10,000,000 guarantee. On pause, is the WSOPC #13: US$ 10,000 Heads Up NLHE US$ 1M GTD which played out two days ago. The field is down to the final four players namely Niklas Astedt (Sweden), Mirza Muhovic (Luxembourg), Cooper Li (Malaysia), and Ian Modder (Canada). Game resumes on January 9 @230am HKT for the title, ring, and US$ 348,250.

For those keeping up with the numbers, the series has now awarded 14 rings – one each for Uruguay, USA, India, Luxembourg, Korea, Estonia, Hong Kong, Ukraine, Germany, Australia, two for Russia and Brazil. The series is also fast approaching its festival guarantee of 100 MILLION DOLLARS. Nearly US$ 25M has been paid out in ring events and US$ 54.6M in side events.

In addition to winning, players that reach the money automatically earn points towards the WSOPC Player of the Series Leaderboard. The top 100 at the end of the series will be awarded a share of the US$ 100,000 purse with the highest in points pocketing US$ 10,000. At the time of writing, Wei Zhao has taken over the top spot after shipping the WSOPC High Rollers $5,000 Sunday 500K. Next two down the line are Aleksei Barkov and Pascal Hartmann.

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Open: WSOP#18: $1,700 Main Event

The highlight event of the series is none other than the US$ 10,000,000 guaranteed Main Event. Gates have already opened to qualify for Day 2. Only five days left to join the action. Players are allowed three re-entries per starting day. Multiple stacks are also allowed but only the largest advances to the next round.

Currently ahead in chips is Germany’s Daniel “GiveUp1905” Saugspier with over a million in chips. He is joined by a long list of WSOP bracelet / ring winners such as Urmo Velvelt, Sihao “Mr_3rdBullet” Zhang, Brock Wilson, Dietrich Fast, Ravid “jerbi9999” Garbi, Alfred Karlsson, Paulius “breislet” Vaitiekunas, Mike Leah, Yuri Dzivielevski, Sam Greenwood, Isaac Baron, Elio Fox, Joao Vieira, Chris Rudolph, David Yan, and Michael Addamo.

Starting Days: Began January 2
Final Day: January 11 @0230am HKT
Buy in: US$ 1,700
Guarantee: US$ 10,000,000
Cumulative Entries: 1,163

Top 15 in chips
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Michael Addamo King's Casino
Michael Addamo. Credit: King’s Casino

Over the course of 8 days, the WSOPC #15: $400 NEW YEAR COLOSSUS attracted 8,725 for another event guarantee smashed. The prize pool fueled in over an extra million, settling at US$ 3,280,600 with 900 places paid. Just shy of the tenth hour, two time bracelet champion Michael Addamo topped it after a commanding performance at the final table. For his win, the Australian pro added a circuit ring to his collection of awards and pocketed the handsome US$ 374,604.17 first prize. For playing on Natural8, Addamo also claimed a LiveX Live Event Sponsorship Package.

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Michael Addamo is without question one of Australia’s fiercest players. Between 2012 to 2015, his live tournament achievements were solely earned on home soil until November 2015 when he ran deep at the APPT Main Event in Macau. The following year would see his portfolio expand to other countries, nearly locking up his first bracelet, finishing 3rd at the US$ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em event. After several deep runs and wins in Asia, he clasped his first WSOP bracelet in 2018 then a second one later that year in Rozvadov at the € 25K High Roller pocketing US$ 973,360. This remained his largest live score until he pocketed two seven figure payouts this year. In June he placed 2nd at the 2020 Super High Roller Bowl Online US$ 102,000 buy in event for US$ 1,187,500 then surpassed it in September after shipping the WPT World Online Championships US$ 102,000 No Limit Hold’em event for US$ 1,284,113.

This past summer, at the 2020 WSOP Online Series, Addamo nearly won a third bracelet taking 2nd at the US$ 10,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold’em Championship. During that series, Addamo also won three of the network’s High Rollers Super MILLION$ events for a combined US$ 1.3 million. At the Natural8 Invitational High Roller nosebleed cash tables, Addamo got involved in several monster six figure pots that witnessed him pay out a shocking US$ 842,348 to Wiktor Malinowski. This broke the previous cash game record pot worth US$ 723,941 set in 2008 on FullTilt. To date, Addamo has collected US$ 11.3 million in tournament earnings.

Starting Days: ongoing since December 28
Final Day: January 4 @0230am HKT
Buy in: US$ 400
Guarantee: US$ 2,021,000
Cumulative Entries: 8,725
Cumulative Prize Pool: US$ 3,280,600
Day 2 Qualifiers: 1,356 players
Payout distribution: 10%
ITM: 900 places
Final Day running time: 9 hours and 51 minutes

The final day opened with 1,356 advancing from the starting days. The money flowed at the fall of James “Mugzb” Morgan in 901st place. First to cash was Hrair “sharkbait777” Yapoudjian. Picking up the action when it was down to three tables, LuckyRabbit1 railed Dominykas “MickeyMouse” Mikolaitis (19th), OlliOctavius did the same to Tommaso “Not_TodayBRO” Briotti (18th), and Andrej “alwayswon” Lebedev busted 17th to form the final two tables led by China’s benchplayer8 followed by Addamo.

To form the final table, Addamo eliminated four players including LuckyRabbit1 (10th) whom he rivered with 9s7c full house over 10d10c two pair on a board Qh7d8hQs7h. China’s benchplayer8 still held point, Addamo second, Tudor “hotsince93” Lazar won two three-way showdowns to rise from below 10 BB to third position, HKPPA founder Park Yu Sparrow “FacelessMan” Cheung was ranked 6th, and Austria’s “minterofbtc” was ranked 7th after booting USA’s Blake “Beast2018!” Bohn in 12th place.

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WSOPC #15 – $400 NEW YEAR COLOSSUS final table

The final table ran for just over an hour and a half. Rui “OlliOctavius” Sousa was first to double up with Addamo paying followed by Donald “Pikerdon” McCall who got lucky with KJs spiking the Jack to avoid the rail against Cheung’s AKs. Cheung plunged to 5 BB which benchplayer8 eventually claimed. Addamo grabbed the lead after booting his first of five final tableists Rui “OlliOctavius” Sousa with KdKc holding against AhKh. After Tenn “ViiolAwo” Tonts denied minterofbtc in 7th place, benchplayer8 regained the top spot by eliminating Hazes in 6th place.

The next three big hands would see Addamo involved resulting in a double up to McCall, a bust out to Tonts (5th), and a double up to benchplayer8. Despite the drop, the uber-aggressive Addamo continued his assault amassing 80 percent of the chips in play after knocking out benchplayer8. From there, he finished off McCall who previously lost a big pot to Lazar. In just the sixth heads up hand, Addamo denied Lazar with QcJs bad beating AhKs Queen on the board. Addamo locked up his first WSOP ring to go with his two bracelets. It was also the first ring for Australia this series.

Final table payouts

1st Michael Addamo – Australia – US$ 374,604.17
2nd Tudor “hotsince93” Lazar – Hungary – US$ 280,909.93
3rd Donald “Pikerdon” McCall – Canada – US$ 210,652.66
4th benchplayer8 – China – US$ 157,967.22
5th Tenn “ViiolAwo” Tonts – Estonia – US$ 118,458.68
6th Hazes – Austria – US$ 88,831.53
7th minterofbtc – Austria – US$ 66,614.10
8th Rui “OlliOctavius” Sousa – Portugal – US$ 49,953.63
9th Sparrow “FacelessMan” Cheung – Hong Kong – US$ 37,459.92

WSOP decorated players and notable pros in the top 100: Tommaso “Not_TodayBRO” Briotti (18th), Dominykas “MickeyMouse” Mikolaitis (19th), Nicolo Molinelli (27th), Rafael “TheBigKid” Moraes (32nd), Ravid “jerbi9999” Garbi (38th), Kenny Hallaert (39th), Aram “Pusha T” Zobian (41st), Niklas Astedt (53rd), Henri Buehler (57th), Aliaksei Boika (82nd), Marton “Pato Negro” Czuczor (91st), Joaquin Melogno (93rd), and Jerry “Chokeee” Odeen (100th).

WSOPC #14: $800 FIFTY STACK No Limit Hold’em – YURI DZIVIELEVSKI – US$ 178,236.42

Yuri Dzivielevski
Yuri Dzivielevski. Credit: partypoker

Like Addamo, two time bracelet champion Yuri Dzivielevski also added another feather to his cap after winning the US$ 800 FIFTY STACK No Limit Hold’em for his first ever WSOP Circuit ring. Dzivielevski outlasted the 1,849 entries, overcoming a deficit at heads up to earn the US$ 178,236.42 first prize. The win gave Brazil its second ring this series.

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WSOPC #14 – $800 FIFTY STACK No Limit Hold’em

Based on The Hendon Mob, Dzivielevski has collected over US$ 1.2 million in live tournament earnings. His largest cash was US$ 261,430 for 28th place at the 2019 WSOP Main Event. At that same series, he locked up his first ever WSOP bracelet at the US$ 2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better event. In 2020, the WSOP was moved online where Dzivielevski banked a second gold and US$ 221,557 at the US$ 400 Pot Limit Omaha PLOSSUS event for his second largest career cash. He also reached the final table of the US$ 5K Pot Limit Omaha Championship, exiting in 6th place.

Date: January 4 @2am HKT
Buy in: US$ 800
Guarantee: US$ 1,000,000
Entries: 1,849
Prize pool: US$ 1,405,240
ITM: 305 places
Running time: 11 hours and 25 minutes

To form the final table, the two time bracelet champion eliminated Francisco “Edijunio11” Correia in 10th place to carry in a significant chip advantage. The only other WSOP decorated player in the finals was ring winner Alex Greenblatt in third position. In 9th position was Lithuania’s “Internecik” who was the second player to reach a second final table this series, first was series  ring winner Seungmook “7high” Jung

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WSOPC #14 – $800 FIFTY STACK No Limit Hold’em final table

The final table ran for two and a half hours with the majority of busts delivered by USA’s Justin Park. First to drop was Internecik whose pocket sixes ran into Dzivielevski’s pocket Aces while on the flip side, Greenblatt’s pocket Kings turned quads to double up through Dzivielevski. From here, it was the Justin Park show, knocking out five players in total; Dzivielevski burned a second one on a lucky KhQd spiking the Queen to dust Harry “Vulvasore” Lodge’s AhKs.

At heads up, Park was backed by a 2:1 advantage with average stack at 46 BB. Park proceeded to widen to an 8:1 lead while sending Dzivielevski down to just 10 BB. However, the rush ended. Dzivielevski landed a couple of double ups to tighten the gap to a 9 BB difference. Two minutes later, Dzivielevksi took the lead which he never relinquished. He proceeded to drive his stack to an 8:1 advantage then closed it out for his first ever ring. The final hand arrived with AsJh dominating Js10h throughout. For Park, this was his largest WSOP cash and deepest run at the series.

Final table payouts

1st Yuri Dzivielevski – Brazil – US$ 178,236.42
2nd Justin Park – USA – US$ 133,657.49
3rd Alex Greenblatt – USA – US$ 100,228.99
4th Harry “Vulvasore” Lodge – UK – US$ 75,161.12
5th Rui Ferreira – Portugal – US$ 56,362.83
6th Andreas “Duckzzz” Nasman – US$ 42,266.18
7th Lavrentiy “888WTB02” Ni – Kazakhstan – US$ 31,695.12
8th Bela “Teemo2018” Toth – Hungary – US$ 23,767.95
9th Internecik – Lithuania – US$ 17,823.45

WSOP decorated players and notable pros in the top 100: Oleg “Ad Astra” Vasylchenko (14th), Davidi Kitai (15th), Shannon Shorr (18th), TheMadQueen (19th), Ivan Zufic (25th), Darren Elias (31st), David “ZONEDin” Jackson (41st), Edward “edyam1” Yam (50th), Claas Segebrecht (61st), Roman “Sudurjaya” Korenev (62nd), Christopher “Mangudai” Frank (64th), Sihao “Mr_3rdBullet” Zhang (79th), Jakob “lechayim” Miegel (82nd), Abhinav “OBellaCiao” Iyer (85th), Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (87th), Ankush Mandavia (96th).


WSOPC #16: $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship

Date: January 6 @2am HKT
Buy in: US$ 3,000
Guarantee: US$ 500,000

WSOPC #17: $252 Deepstack Bounty Hunters No Limit Hold’em

Date: January 9 @8pm HKT
Buy in: US$ 252
Guarantee: US$ 500,000

Exclusive Natural8 Promo: WSOPC LiveX – Live Event Sponsorship

Play in the WSOP Winter Online Circuit on Natural8 for a chance to win BONUS WSOPC live event sponsorships worth up to $50,000. Hong Kong pro Yan Shing Anson “Tara@0z” Tsang and Australian pro Michael Addamo have already earned one of these fine sponsorship packages. Only a handful of events left to be the next champion and score a package.

Main Event = $50,000 LiveX Crew Sponsorship

Win the WSOPC Main Event to win $50,000 and become a member of the LiveX Crew. Sponsorship package includes:

•12-month LiveX Crew Sponsorship
•$15,000 Las Vegas Package ($10,000 to cover your buy-ins and $5,000 for expenses)
•$35,000 for live event sponsorships over 12 months

Buy-ins of $1,000 and above = $10,000 LiveX Sponsorship

Win a WSOPC Ring from any event with a buy-in of $1,000 and above, and you’ll get a LiveX Crew package that includes:

•6-month LiveX Crew Sponsorship
•$10,000 Las Vegas Package ($7,500 to cover your buy-ins and $2,500 for expenses)
•Buy-ins from $999 and below = $5,000 LiveX Sponsorship

Win a WSOPC Ring from any event with a buy-in of $999 and below, and you’ll get a LiveX Crew package that includes:

•6-month LiveX Crew Sponsorship
$5,000 Las Vegas Package ($2,500 to cover your buy-ins and $2,500 for expenses)

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Stay tuned to Somuchpoker as we bring you recaps of the 2021 WSOP Winter Circuit Online Series as it unfolds.

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Tricia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits in Asia. She spent one year working part time with Poker Portal Asia then became editor and lead writer for all event coverage of the Philippine Poker Tour (PPT). Under the PPT, she overlooked content for their website, and produced live updates on all their events. In addition, she served as the live and online events website content writer for the Asian Poker Tour. Currently, she does live events reporting in Asia for online news site Somuchpoker and is also one of their news contributors.

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