Michael Addamo has won the €25,000 event and managed to add yet another bracelet to his name, also becoming one of the three players to have managed this accomplishment in both the United States and Europe.
WSOPE and the Bracelets on Both Sides of the Atlantic
The 2018 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) is an interesting affair. Rallying the continent’s most skilled players, WSOPE proved a challenge for some of the top crop players from the United States, with overseas arrivals being tossed out of the competition fairly quickly.
However, a handful of players have managed to distinguish themselves at the King’s Casino in Rozvadov, the Czech Republic. One of these is Michael Addamo who has become the latest player to fetch a bracelet from both a Las Vegas and European competition by sealing a victory at the €25,500 No-Limit Hold’em Super High Roller event.
Addamo’s presence in poker has been quite noticeable indeed, with over $3 million in live earnings. Beyond his newly-found bracelet, he also participated in The Marathon – $2,620 No-Limit Hold’em vying for a share of a massive pool and finally adding $654,000 to his name nice and clean.
Michael Addamo won the $2,620 Marathon title in Las Vegas this year. In another marathon day in Rozvadov, Addamo becomes the third player to win a WSOP and a WSOPE bracelet in the same year, winning the €25,500 High Roller for €848,702. pic.twitter.com/H9g151fXqI
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His latest achievement, though, cost him dearly in terms of effort and time. Facing off German opponent Christian Rudolph, the pair were caught in an intense battle of the cards and wits until dawn local time. However, only one player emerged victorious at the end, adding €848,702 in the process.
Rudolph was one of the toughest opponents Addamo could have run into. The German faced off the Australian all determined to win his own first bracelet in a major competition. When this failed, Rudolph was satisfied to claim €524,000 for his troubles across the festival instead.
Looking at the Finalists
The No-Limit Hold’em rallied a large crowd of players, with eight players finally entering the conclusive stages of the competition. Beyond the leading pair there were more noteworthy players worthy of a mention. In fact, Addamo was one of the three players to reach the final table who wasn’t European.
Three left in the High Roller as Mikita Badziakouski is sent packing in 4th, awarded €266,767 when his A-5 against Michael Addamo's A-3 saw Addamo flop trips.
Michael Addamo 68,500,000
Christian Rudolph 47,900,000
Benjamin Pollak 16,600,000 pic.twitter.com/zSItrYU19t
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Third was Benjamin Pollak from France who won €370,000. He was followed by another well-known name in poker, Mikita Badziakouski from Belarus who earned €266,000 for his efforts.
Dominik Nitsche from Germany had €196,300 to his name and for his sixth place, Winfred Yu from Hong Kong got €147,000. Lastly, James Romero from the United States walked away with €113,000, followed by Manig Loeser from German for €89,000.
The final day saw a great crop of players actually making it to the table. Many of the contestants came from varied backgrounds, too, with having the regular office employee to the self-starters and entrepreneurs. Most of the players on the final table, however, were all professionals, wrapping up the $25,000 event successfully.
A handful of individuals, including Asaf Berman missed an opportunity to join the final table’s action by just a sliver and had to watch from the sidelines. All in all, WSOPE has been a success and an event that can easily rival the importance of its North American counterpart. Not least of all, travelling between European states is far easier, too.