It was a dominating day for Michael Addamo at the final table of this week’s GGPoker Super MILLION$ as he eliminated every single player at the table en route to his record-best fourth career Super MILLION$ title and the $325,957 first-place prize.
All early signs pointed to Addamo walking away with the win, from his overwhelming chip lead at the start of the day to the frequency that he woke up with premium starting hands. He went wire-to-wire and was never really in danger of losing his lead despite being up against a lineup of online poker’s elite including Ludovic Geilich, Isaac Haxton, Bert Stevens, and the current #1-ranked player in the world Yuri Dzivielevski.
A little more than twenty minutes into the final table, with the blinds at 25,000/50,000 (6,000 ante), Addamo got it started when he opened to 100,000 with . When the action folded to Aleks Ponakovs in the hijack with he moved all-in for more than 1.1 million which Addamo quickly called. The flop came bringing Ponskovs additional open-ended straight outs. However, the turn was the and the river came the giving Addamo a full house and sending Ponakovs out in ninth place with a $45,100 payday.
The very next hand, Addamo again opened for 100,000 with . ‘Aunty_Ninja’ three-bet to 250,000 holding the and Ludovic Geilich (playing under his screen name ‘Gr4vyB04t’) four-bet to 518,675 with , leaving himself just two big blinds behind. Action quickly returned to Addamo who moved all-in, forcing ‘Aunty_Ninja’ to fold her pocket jacks. The board ran out giving Addamo’s pocket kings the pot as Geilich hit the rail in eighth place for $57,750.
Addamo made it three victims in a row when on the next hand it folded to former #1-ranked Bert Stevens in the small blind with and he moved all-in for 12 big blinds. Addamo picked up in the big blind and made the call. The flop came giving Stevens some life by picking up a flush draw. The turn was the , keeping Addamo’s king-high in the lead and when the river hit, Addamo completed the three-hand hat trick and sent Stevens home in seventh place for $73,948.
With the blinds at 30,000/60,000 (7,500 ante) the current #1-ranked online pro in the world, Brazil’s Yuri Dzivielevski, opened to 120,00 on the button with . After Addamo folded his small blind, New Zealand’s ‘Aunty_Ninja’ moved all-in for more than 1.1 million holding and Dzivielevski, with slightly fewer chips, made the call. The flop came , keeping Dzivielevski’s pocket jacks as the favorite. The turn was the , giving ‘Aunty_Ninja’ additional flush outs to go with her overcards. But the river came the and Dzivielevski found a much-needed double up while ‘Aunty_Ninja’ was left crippled. Two hands later ‘Aunty_Ninja’ was out of the tournament in sixth place for $94,689 when she moved all-in with her final big blind with against two players, one of which was Addamo who made a king-high flush on the river.
In the next level, 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante), Addamo again went to battle with a premium hand. He opened from under the gun to 160,000 with and Francisco Benitez quickly shipped his remaining ten big blinds with . Holding a massive chip lead still, Addamo made the call and there was little drama as the board ran out shipping another pot to Addamo and eliminating Benitez in fifth place for $121,247
Two orbits later, down to four players, the action folded to Addamo in the small blind with and he put in a raise to 280,000. In the big blind, former Super MILLION$ champ Isaac Haxton picked up and decided to make a stand, shipping all-in for just over 2.6 million in chips. It didn’t take but a second for Addamo to make the call, putting Haxton at risk. The flop kept Addamo in the lead. The turn was the , taking away some outs for Haxton. The river was the giving Addamo the flush and sending Haxton, who started the day second in chips, out in fourth which was good for $155,254.
After that hand, Addamo climbed to over 12 million in chips and had a roughly 6:1 advantage over second-place Dzivielevski. ‘judd trump’ sat in third place, with only three big blinds. But ‘judd trump’ found a double. And then another. Eventually, the Super MILLION$ grinder climbed into second place as Dzivielevski dwindled.
Eventually, with blinds at 60,000/120,000 (15,000 ante), Addamo opened the button to 240,000 and after ‘judd trump’ folded his small blind, Dzivielevski defended holding . Dzivielevski checked it to Addamo on the flop and after Addamo min-bet, Dzivielevski made the call. The turn was the and both players checked. The river was the and once Dzivielevski checked to Addamo, the chip leader shoved all-in putting Dzivielevski to the test for the rest of his chips. Dzivielevski took a few moments but eventually made the call only to see his hand dominated. Dzivielevski exited in third place and added another $198,800 to his more than $13.6 million in career online earnings.
Addamo started heads-up play with a sizable lead, and over the course of twenty minutes continued to chip away at ‘judd trump’s stack. Eventually, with the blinds up to 70,000/140,000 (17,500 ante), Addamo opened to on the button and with fewer than 15 big blinds left, ‘judd trump’ shipped his stack holding . Addamo snap-called and the pair watched as the flop came , giving Addamo a whole host of outs. The turn was one of them, leaving ‘judd trump’ drawing dead to a chop. But the river was the and Addamo completed the clean sweep of the final table. ‘judd trump’ settled for second place and $254,559.
Addamo scored $325,957 for first place and becomes the first player to reach four Super MILLION$ titles as well as the only player to have won a title in both Season One and Season Two.
Super MILLION$ Final Table Results (8/3)
- Michael Addamo – $325,957
- ‘judd trump’ – $254,559
- Yuri Dzivielevski – $198,800
- Isaac Haxton – $155,254
- Francisco Benitez – $121,247
- ‘Aunty_Ninja’ – $94,689
- Bert Stevens – $73,948
- Ludovic Geilich – $57,750
- Aleks Ponakovs – $45,100