Michael Addamo has won Australia’s first WSOP bracelet of 2021 and the third of his career after taking out the $50,000 NLHE High Roller event this afternoon (Australia time) for US$1,132,968.
The victory, which denied runner-up and recent sparring partner Justin Bonomo his fourth career bracelet, continues a stunning run of results for the 27-year-old from Melbourne whose live career earnings now sit at around US$14.6 million.
It was only three weeks ago that Addamo won two of the three events he played at PokerGo’s PokerMasters, not only earning Player of the series honours but taking home US$5.2 million in prize money for just a few days’ work. That result, which also included a heads-up clash with Bonomo in the final event, propelled Addamo past Joe Hachem into first place on Australia’s all-time money list.
Speaking with PokerGo immediately after today’s success at the WSOP, Addamo said, “I just like winning big tournaments. I don’t know if there is any title that is more special than the other. Just beating the tougher fields are the most fun.”
Asked about the fact that he was now well and truly in the sights of the global poker elite – having staked a fair claim to being the most dangerous player on the high stakes felt right now – Addamo replied, “It does put some pressure, because if you internalize and believe that, you can become complacent, and sometimes that might make you study less.
“I just try and keep humble and try not to let it get to my head and just keep working and studying hard.”
Certainly Addamo showed no fear at the final table, at one point putting a short-stacked Bonomo to the test by shoving the river holding 9♠2♣ on a J♣3♥10♦Q♣J♥board.
In the final hand, Bonomo returned the favor, 4-bet shoving pre-flop holding 10♦9♠. Addamo thought long and hard before making a remarkable call for around 70 big blinds holding K♥J♥ and eventually getting there in a wild journey to the river as the board ran out Q♦J♣10♥10♠A♣.
“I guess mostly luck,” Addamo laughed after collecting his bracelet.
“Obviously there is some skill involved, but winning this much, you can only really attribute it to luck in the end. So I’m very fortunate.”