Michael Addamo Wins 2018 WSOPE €25,500 NLH Super High Roller (€848,702)

The 2018 World Series of Poker Europe has crowned another bracelet winner at the King’s Casino in Rozvadov.  Michael Addamo wins World Series of Poker Europe Event #8: €25,500 No-Limit Hold’em Super High Roller and took home €848,702 in prize money after besting a field of 133 players.

Australia’s Michael Addamo and Germany’s Christian Rudolph battled up until almost 6 a.m. neighborhood time. A collection of double-ups at the actual end created a roller roller coaster experience with the far better end for the Aussie and he tape-recorded his best result on the online circuit for EUR848,702. Addamo came fresh off winning his very first gold bracelet this previous summer season in Occasion # 24: THE MARATHON– $2,620 No-Limit Hold ’em for $653,581 and also the last day of the occasion became yet another marathon session.

Heads-up opponent Rudolph reached his 3rd WSOP final table in two years as well as directly lost out on his initial bracelet, yet gathered an alleviation reward of EUR524,532 for his efforts. The 2017 WSOP Centerpiece 3rd location finisher as well as in 2014’s runner-up of this really occasion, Benjamin Pollak, needed to settle for 3rd place this time around. Among the other finalists were Mikita Badziakouski, four-time WSOP arm band winner Dominik Nitsche, Winfred Yu, James Romero as well as German Money player regular Manig Loeser.

“I definitely gonna catch up on some sleep now,” a visibly exhausted Addamo said in the interview with Czech media. Having just arrived at King’s Casino prior to the start of this event, Addamo bagged the chip lead on Day 1 on a couple hours of sleep and went on to add a second WSOP bracelet to his collection.

Final Table Action:

After the double knockout on the final table bubble, Pollak throned at the top of the leaderboard with almost two times as many chips as Christian Rudolph in second place and the remainder of the field had very similar stack sizes.

Manig Loeser was the first to bow out when he open-shoved with king-eight out of the small blind. Winfred Yu looked him up out of the big blind with ace-eight suited and flopped top pair. Loeser had some outs with a gutshot, but ultimately found no help to become the first casualty.

Rudolph, who had been responsible for several eliminations on the feature table previously, continued his run-good and sent James Romero to the rail next. Romero ended up all in and at risk with ace-ten, but Rudolph had little to fear with the dominating ace-queen on a nine-high board.

The action didn’t slow down as two further players were eliminated in quick succession. In a three-way pot, Winfred Yu flopped the nutflushdraw and went with it only for Christian Rudolph to snap-call with pocket nines for top set. Yu turned an additional straight draw, but the river was a blank. Dominik Nitsche, who won his fourth WSOP bracelet in Rozvadov one year ago in €111,111 No Limit Hold’em – High Roller for One Drop, also fell victim to the hot run of countryman Rudolph and lost a flip with ace-jack against pocket eights.

What followed was a stalemate that turned into an endurance challenge until the early morning hours. Fortune favored Michael Addamo when he was at risk preflop with king-nine suited against the ace-jack of Benjamin Pollak, as the Aussie flopped a full house. The run-good of Addamo continued when he took on a short-stacked Mikita Badziakouski with ace-trey versus ace-five suited thanks to trips on the flop.

Addamo nearly got there from behind for the third time, but missed out on a wheel draw to double Rudolph with ace-trey versus ace-jack. Only a few hands later, Benjamin Pollak was at risk with ace-queen suited against the pocket sevens of Addamo and ended up second-best to set up a nearly even-stacked duel for the gold bracelet past 4 a.m. local time.

Rudolph pulled away at the start but Addamo doubled into a commanding lead when he rivered a nine-high straight against the flopped six-high straight of his opponent. The fate of Rudolph seemed all but sealed when he was at risk right after with ten-five against pocket queens, but the German made two pair on the river.

A series of double ups for both players followed and eventually, it was a simple coin flip that decided over the final outcome of the tournament. Addamo held pocket fives and Rudolph was at risk with ace-seven. Memories of the 2014 EPT Barcelona Main Event final table with the infamous German rail and their “the seven always comes” returned, but this time no seven nor ace for that matter showed up to crown Addamo as the champion.

That wraps up a late night shift here at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, but the penultimate event of the 2018 WSOPE is just a night’s sleep away.

Final Result Event #8: €25,500 No-Limit Hold’em Super High Roller

Place Winner Country Prize (in EUR)
1 Michael Addamo Australia €848,702
2 Christian Rudolph Germany €524,532
3 Benjamin Pollak France €370,219
4 Mikita Badziakouski Belarus €266,767
5 Dominik Nitsche Germany €196,328
6 Winfred Yu Hong Kong €147,642
7 James Romero United States €113,505
8 Manig Loeser Germany €89,253

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