Australia’s Michael Addamo has scored his first-ever PokerStars European Poker Tour title, taking down the second €50k Single-Day High Roller In Barcelona for a whopping €917,330 payday.
The Main Event was in full swing but that didn’t stop the highrollers from having their fun, 62 entries at €50k per pop making a €3million+ prizepool, of which eight players would partake.
Patrik Antonius couldn’t make a deep run, nor could Mike Watson, Stephen Chidwick, Steve O’Dwyer, David Peters or Paul Phua, with Morten Klein bubbling the paid spots in unfortunate fashion...
Morten Klein: K♣ K♠
Mikalai Vaskaboinikau: A♣ K♥
Flop: A♦ 2♥ 9♦
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That left the remaining eight players with €120,300 sewn up, and Addamo took control by disposing of Soyza and then Sam Greenwood, big slick again doing the trick against the latter.
Dan Smith departed next. Having fired two bullets in the ME and then gone looking for some chess opponents the previous day, Smith’s 6th spot was worth a cool €195,500, a tad more than he could win by hustling chess in the parks of Barcelona.
Addamo then sent Mateos to the rail, the Spaniard followed by Belarus’ all-time number 3, Mikalai Vaskaboinikau...
Yan: 9♣ 9♠
Vaskaboinikau: 8♦ 8♣
Flop: 6♦ 2♦ 9♥
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When Ponakovs fell in third spot for €436,100, with Addamo admitting he got “luck” against the Latvian, it meant we had an antipodean heads-up battle for the remaining €1.5million in prizemoney.
It didn’t last long, with Aussie Addamo coming from behind to best his New Zealand neighbour...
Yan: A♣ 2♦
Addamo: Q♣ 10♦
Flop: 9♥ J♥ Q♥
The win meant Addamo also burst past the $20million lifetime tournament earnings milestone in style, now sitting 33rd just behind 2021 WSOP Main Event champion, Koray Aldemir.