Former #1-ranked Yuri ‘Yuri Martins’ Dzivielevski denied Michael Addamo a fourth GGPoker Super MILLION$ title this week by battling back from a nine-to-one chip deficit in a gripping heads-up match to clinch the $408,406 first-place prize and his first Super MILLION$ victory.
By all accounts, this week’s 41st edition of the GGPoker $10K Super MILLION$ was Michael Addamo’s for the taking. The Australian superstar entered the final table with an overwhelming chip lead and over the course of the final table went on an impressive heater against a final table full of elite competition that included Connor Drinan, Thomas Muehloecker, Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira, and Isaac Haxton. However, even though Addamo held an overwhelming chip lead against Dzivielevski when the pair got heads up Dzivielevski made all of the right moves at the right time and in doing so February’s Online Player of the Month flipped the script and walked away with the win.
The bulk of the final table took place in short order with seven of the nine players busting in the first four levels of the day. The first to exit the tournament was a short-stacked Conor Drinan who moved all-in for nine big blinds with and was quickly called by Thomas Muehloecker in the big blind with his . The flop came giving Muehloecker top pair. It held through the turn and the river sending Drinan out in ninth for $51,050.
Twenty minutes later, Addamo opened in late position with and Aliaksei Boika moved all in for his 27 big blinds with in the small blind. Addamo took a couple of seconds and made the call. The board ran out shipping the chips to Addamo and eliminating Boika in eighth place for $66,204.
Then the bustouts came at a rapid pace as ten minutes later, after Muehloecker opened in the hijack with , Chris Puetz shipped his final six big blinds with . Muehloecker made the call and the flop came giving Muehloecker a flush draw to go with his pair outs. The turn was safe for Puetz but the river brought in the flush and sent Puetz out of the tournament in seventh for $85,856.
The very next hand, Muehloecker, who was second in chips at the time, picked up and opened in mid-position. The action folded to Addamo who woke up with and put in a three-bet from the small blind. Muehloecker flat called and the flop came , giving Muehloecker top set. Addamo put out a small bet and Muehloecker just called. The turn was the and Addamo led out again, putting out roughly a half pot bet. Muehloecker, again, just called. Then, Addamo hit his two-outer when the spiked on the river. Addamo bet small, prompting Muehloecker, with a half pot bet left behind, to move all-in. Addamo snap-called and Muehloecker saw the bad news. Addamo’s chip lead increased while Muehloecker settled for sixth place and a $111,342 score.
Just two hands later, wielding a six-to-one chip lead over the next closest competitor, Addamo opened his from the cutoff. On the button, Uruguay’s former #1-ranked Fabrizio ‘DrMikee’ Gonzalez moved all-in holding . The action folded back to Addamo who called the short-stacked shove. The flop came giving Gonzalez two pair and a 95% chance to win the hand. The turn was the , bringing Addamo’s hand some extra life. The river completed Addamo’s runner-runner flush and eliminated Gonzalez in fifth place for $144,393.
One more hand passed before current OPOY points leader Joao Vieira called with from under the gun four-handed. Addamo checked his option with the and the flop came , giving Addamo two pair. Addamo checked it over to Vieira who bet the minimum. Addamo put in a check-raise which Vieira just called. The turn was the and Addamo led for half pot, which Vieira called. The river was the and after a few seconds, Addamo moved all-in putting Vieira to the test with his pocket aces. After tanking for more than four minutes, Vieira clicked the call button and fell in fourth place for $187,255.
With three left, Addamo held more than 17 million in chips compared to the 2.1 million of Isaac Haxton and the 750K of Dzivielevski. Having been quiet for the majority of the tournament, Dzivielevski began to chip up at Addamo’s expense. However, when it was Haxton’s turn to move all-in, it was once again Addamo on the other end.
Addamo raised the button with and Haxton, with 10 big blinds left in his stack, moved all-in from the small blind with . After Dzivielevski folded, Addamo made the call and the flop came . Haxton picked up both flush and straight outs when the fell on the turn. But the was no help for Haxton and the high-roller hit the rail in third place for $242,839.
Just two hands into heads-up play, it looked like Addamo was going to walk away with his fourth Super MILLION$ title. From the button, Addamo raised with the and Dzivielevski defended holding the . The flop came and Dzivielevski check-called a bet by Addamo. The turn was the , hitting Addamo’s gutshot straight draw. Again, Dzivielevski check-called a bet by Addamo. When the hit the river, Dzivielevski led out a quarter-pot bet with his trips and Addamo promptly moved all-in. Dzivielevski went into the tank and after two minutes, he found the fold that kept him in the tournament.
After that fold, the momentum shifted. Even though Addamo held a nine-to-one chip lead, the hands started falling Dzivielevski’s way. Another important clash took place when Dzivielevski raised the button with and Addamo three-bet his . After Dzivielevski called the flop came giving Dzivielevski middle pair. Addamo fired out and Dzivielevski made the call. The turn came the and Addamo fired again, and again, Dzivielevski called. The river was the which saw Addamo move all-in, completing the three-barrel bluff. With third pair and his tournament life at risk, Dzivielevski made the call. For the first time in the tournament, Dzivielevski took over the chip lead.
Addamo didn’t go quietly, in fact, he took back the chip lead as the heads-up battle continued. Soon thereafter, Dzivielevski put in a raise with the and Addamo three-bet from the big blind, this time holding . Dzivielevski called and the flop came , giving Dzivielevski a pair and a flush draw and Addamo the nut flush draw. Addamo bet out which brought a raise from Dzivielevski. Addamo flat called the raise and the pair watched as the hit the turn. Addamo checked and Dzivielevski moved all-in. It only took a couple of seconds for Addamo to call off, looking for a club, ace, king, or queen to end the tournament. The river was the and as the pot was shipped to Dzivielevski, the tables had officially turned and it was the Brazilian who now held an ample chip lead.
On the final hand of the tournament, Addamo opened the button with the and Dzivielevski three-bet holding . Addamo made the call and the flop came . Dzivielevski checked his pocket jacks and Addamo checked back. The turn was a fateful and Dzivielevski checked again. This time Addamo bet and Dzivielevski check-shoved his overpair. Addamo made the call with his pair of tens and when the river came the Dzivielevski’s comeback was complete.
Addamo finished in second place for $314,924, an amount enough to put him back atop the Super MILLION$ All-Time Money List. Dzivielevski took home his first GGPoker Super MILLION$ title for $408,406.
Super MILLION$ Final Table Results (3/23)
1. Yuri Dzivielevski – $408,406
2. Michael Addamo -$314,924
3. Issac Haxton – $242,839
4. Joao Vieira – $187,255
5. DrMikee – $144,393
6. Thomas Muehloecker – $111,342
7. Chris Puetz – $85,856
8. Aliaksei Boika – $66,204
9. Connor Drinan – $51,050