Breaking Down the Action:
  • British Players Both Bust to Addamo
  • Haxton’s Challenge Fades Away
  • Addamo Sees it Out in Style

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Michael Addamo won the latest GGPoker Super MILLION$ for $326,000

Australian poker phenomenon Michael Addamo went wire to wire in the latest GGPoker Super MILLION$ as he won the latest final table of the weekly $10,000-entry event for over $326,000.

Triumphing with a heads-up victory over Chinese player ‘judd trump’, Addamo crushed the field to close out a win that never looked in doubt, and in doing so won his fourth Super MILLION$ title, a record in the format with the popular event now in Season 2.

British Players Both Bust to Addamo

The early stages of the latest Super MILLION$ final table saw two of the biggest names at the table depart. First to bust was Latvian player Aleks Ponakovs, who moved all in for 1.2 million at blinds of 25,000/50,000 with pocket tens and was called by the initial raiser in the hand, Michael Addamo. Addamo had pocket jacks and held through the nine-high board, making a full house on the river. Ponakovs won $45,100 for his ninth-place finish.

In the very next hand, the field was trimmed to seven as Ludovic Geilich raised for 80% of his stack with ace-king and then called off the difference when Addamo shoved with pocket kings to win. Geilich had qualified via playing two $1,000 satellites, so his return on investment was still considerable, the Scottish pro cashing out for $57,750.

Minutes later, only six remained, with Addamo again doing the damage. Bert Stevens was all-in with a suite queen-jack, and Addamo called with a suited king-queen, an eight-high board sending Stevens out in seventh place for $73,948.

Haxton’s Challenge Fades Away

New Zealand’s Sosia Jiang was bidding to become the Super MILLION$ first female champion, but her challenge ended in sixth place as she crashed out five places short of glory for $94,569. Yiang was in a lot of trouble when, down to just two big blinds, she was called in two places holding only eight-three of clubs. The hand was won by Michael Addamo, but not without interest, as his rivered flush beat Francisco Benitez’s rivered Broadway straight.

That hand was very significant to Benitez, who lost enough in that hand to be the next to fall. Benitez earned $121,247 for a fifth-place finish when he raised all-in over Addamo’s opening bet and was all-in for 873,000 chips at blinds of 40,000/80,000 with king-queen offsuit. Addamo alone called it off with pocket jacks and through the board would get no help whatsoever.

Isaac Haxton won this event just four short weeks ago, but his bid to follow up two top two results in July with a win in the first August Super MILLION$ ended in fourth place for $155,254.

That result – again due to a $1,000 satellite victory – came as Haxton shoved with ace-jack over Addamo’s raise with pocket nines and Addamo called to see one of his nines make a four-flush to head into three-handed play with almost all the chips.

Addamo Sees it Out in Style

With three players left, the chips could hardly have been more imbalanced. Addamo held the lead with 12 million, with Yuri Dzivielevski on two million and ‘judd trump’ on just 338,000 at the same blinds as those which sent Haxton home.

That was not the end of the story, however, as the Chinese player doubled up time and time again – mostly through Addamo. It would be Yuri Dzivielevski who busted in third place for $198,800 after reaching his ninth final table, including in back-to-back weeks.

Dzivielevski crashed out when all-in with jack-ten on a board that saw a jack land on the river, only to be out-kicked by Addamo’s ace-jack.

Addamo went into the heads-up battle with 11.3 million playing ‘judd trump’’s 3.2 million and it didn’t take long for the Australian to have all the chips. In the final hand, Addamo was all-in and with a lead of 6:1 with ace-queen against the pocket fives of ‘judd trump’.

The Chinese player remained ahead on the jack-ten-nine flop, but Addamo had an open straight draw and two overcards, and the eight came in on the turn, with the king on the river meaning the Broadway straight ended the latest Super MILLION$ event in Addamo’s favor.

GGPoker Super MILLION$ August 3rd, 2021 Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Prize
1st Michael Addamo Australia $326,957
2nd ‘judd trump’ China $254,659
3rd Yuri Dzivislevski Brazil $198,800
4th Isaac Haxton U.S.A. $155,254
5th Francisco Benitez Uruguay $121,247
6th Sosia Yiang New Zealand $94,569
7th Bert Stevens United Kingdom $73,948
8th Ludovic Geilich United Kingdom $57,750
9th Aleks Ponakovs Latvia $45,100

James Guill

James Guill is a former professional poker player who writes fro about poker, sports, casinos, gaming legislation and the online gambling industry in general. His past experience includes working with IveyPoker, PokerNews, PokerJunkie, Bwin, and the Ongame Network. From 2006-2009 he participated in multiple tournaments including the 37th and 38th World Series of Poker (WSOP). James lives in Virgina and he has a side business where he picks and sells vintage and antique items.

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