WSOPE: High Stakes action takes off with Addamo winning the 25K & Tsoukernik renewing rivalry with Kirk

The WSOPE has been ongoing at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic running from October 9 to November 2. These last days have seen intense high stakes action, but the best could be yet to come.

High Stakes Cash games featuring Matt Kirk & Leon Tsoukernik

Kirk and Tsoukernik
1K/2K PLO at King’s Casino

With blinds at 1,000/2,000 Euros, some mammoth PLO Cash Games have already begun, with Tony G and WSOP Main Event winner John Cynn both taking part. The main drivers of the action were Leon Tsoukernik and Matt Kirk, who now seem happy to share a table with each other despite their previous public falling out, in which Kirk claimed Tsoukernik had refused to pay a large debt that was owed. These games look set to continue over the coming days.

Michael Addamo claims second bracelet

Michael Addamo Winner
Michael Addamo – Photo King’s Casino

Michael Addamo has added a second career bracelet to the one that he won earlier this year, after taking down the €25,500 event in Rozvadov. There were 133 entries into the event with many talented players buying in, but Australian Addamo managed to shrug off all challengers to pocket the bracelet and €848,702. This adds to a year which has already been one to remember for Addamo, as he bested a field of 1,637 runners back in summer to win Event 24, the $2,620 Marathon NLH during the WSOP. He picked up $653,581 for that victory.

Final Table Payouts

1 – Michael Addamo: €848,702
2 – Christian Rudolph: €524,532
3 – Benjamin Pollak: €370,219
4 – Mikita Badziakouski: €266,767
5 – Dominik Nitsche: €196,328
6 – Winfred Yu: €147,642
7 – James Romero: €113,505
8 – Manig Loeser: €89,253

Mikita Badziakouski wins non-bracelet short-deck event

Mikita Badziakouski
Mikita Badziakouski – Photo King’s Casino

This year has been a good one so far for Mikita Badziakouski. The Belarusian player has claimed two Triton Super High Roller series Main Event titles and also triumphed in the EPT Barcelona €100,000 Super High Roller Event.

This time around, the field size and prize payouts were a bit smaller, but the name of the winner remained the same. Just 9 players paid the €25,000 buy in, and no bracelet was on offer for the winner. However, with 6 re-entries there was a prize pool of €356,250 to play for. Malaysia’s Ivan Leow made his case for the title during a heads-up battle with Badziakouski, but ultimately, it was the Belarusian who triumphed. He won €213,750 for his efforts, while Ivan Leow had to make do with €142,500.

The best is yet to come

While there has already been plenty of high stakes, high drama action in Rozvadov, the best could be yet to come. Three more events were added to the schedule late on, with one of them being the €25,000 Kings Short-Deck Championship won by Badziakouski. The other two are, the 50,000 Euros King’s Short-Deck Championship 2 which is scheduled for October 31st, and the 100,000 Euros Leon’s High Roller which is scheduled for October 30th. We will bring you action from all these remaining events as the remainder of the series unfolds.

The €100k WSOPE No Limit Hold’em Super High Roller is also now down to the final 8 players, with three-time bracelet winner Dominik Nitsche leading the fight for the bracelet. Nitsche bagged up 53,125,000 which gives him a good lead over 2nd biggest stack Mikita Badziakouski who has 32,200,000. Michael Addamo is also in contention for his second bracelet of this series, with 12,450,000.

We will bring you all the action from this final table after it plays out today.

Article by Craig Bradshaw