Young gun Addamo wins first Aussie Millions ring in $50,000 Challenge

One of Australia’s brightest young tournament pros, Michael Addamo, has added another notch to his already sparkling belt by taking out the Aussie Millions $50,000 Challenge.

The high stakes specialist claimed his first Aussie Millions ring at his fourth Aussie Millions final table and made it one to remember by outlasting a high-quality 82-player field to win the $1,073,790 first prize. Among the big names to feature on the final table alone were the legendary Erik Seidel, German high stakes pro Rainer Kempe, WSOP bracelet winners Sam Greenwood and Timothy Adams and 2011 November Niner (and fellow WSOP bracelet winner) Ben Lamb, while the heads-up battle saw Addamo face-off against 2019 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge winner Cary Katz.

The victory continued a stunning rise on the live felt for the Melbourne product, who only transitioned to regular live tournament play in 2017 when a tightening of Australia’s Interactive Gambling Act 2001 saw the last of the “legally” operating online poker sites exit the market.

Since then he has established himself as one of the most feared high stakes tournament exponents going around. Enjoying a breakout year in 2018 when he won two WSOP bracelets and almost US$3 million in prize money, he already sits third on Australia’s all-time money list behind only Joe Hachem and Kahle Burns with career prize money of $10.1 million (US$7 million).

His victory in Melbourne this week also represented the second biggest single cash of his career following the €848,702 (AU$1.4 million) he won for taking down the WSOP Europe High Roller event in October 2018.

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