Australian high stakes specialist Michael Addamo’s status continues to rise following his latest mind-blowing feat on the felt in Las Vegas.
A late arrival to the 2021 Poker Masters, held in the PokerGo Studio at Aria from 7 to 19 September, Addamo played only the final three events of the 12-event series but won two of them to claim almost US$2 million in prize money and claim the Player of the Series crown.
In typical Addamo fashion, the two events he took down also happened to be the biggest buy-in events of the series: the US$50,000 No Limit Hold’em and the US$100,000 NLHE.
In Event #11 $50,000 NLHE, Addamo entered Day 2 as chip leader of the remaining five players and proceeded to eliminate all four of his rivals to claim the US$680,000 top prize.
Fast forward 24 hours and he was at it again, outlasting two of the game’s most respected high stakes gurus – Nick Petrangelo and Alex Foxen – to add another US$1.16 million to the kitty.
Combined with the US$50,000 he earned for topping the series leaderboard, Addamo’s total win over the course of the two days came in at US$1.91 million – pushing him above US$10 million in live career earnings and behind only Joe Hachem and Kahle Burns on the all-time Australian prize money rankings list.
“It’s been an incredible run of winning a lot of all ins – it’s just insane,” Addamo said afterwards.
“This is definitely up there [with my best results]. I don’t think I’ve won two tournaments in quick succession of this size before, so this is definitely probably the biggest one, I’d say.”
Addamo has made a habit of mixing and matching it with the best in the business, including on the online felt where he recently added another seven-figure score to his resume by taking down the partypoker MILLIONS Online Mega High Roller event for US$1,310,715.
Asked about the secret to his success, the Aussie superstar said it all came down to hard work away from the tables.
“I’ve put in so many hours studying the game, and I still feel like every time I get humbled and that there’s still so many things to learn,” he said.
“But it’s incredibly important and you can see who has been putting in the work and who hasn’t.”
“I play a lot against these guys online [and] I think my game shapes up pretty well against them.”