At the Crown Casino in Melbourne, the new Super High Roller took place as the Aussie Millions ANTON Championship ring went to Michael Addamo, who defeated Cary Katz heads-up from Poker Central.
With a massive top prize of AUS$1,073,790, Addamo’s result this year propels him up the charts for cashes, with a massive seven-figure win already under his belt. It also marked the first time that Addamo had won an Aussie Millions event, previously having achieved four final table appearances without sealing the deal.
With 82 players taking part, it was Michael Soyza who would be the last player not to cash, with other luminaries like Jorryt van Hoof, Dan Smith, Stephen Chidwick, George Wolff, Kahle Burns, Matthias Eibinger, Mikita Badziakouski and Elio Fox failing to cash as well. Canada’s Kristen Bicknell made the first profit of the event, finishing 10th for A$ 119,130 and once everyone was at the final table Erik Seidel busting Yong Wang in 9th place for A$ 159,080. Seidel had put himself back in contention but that was his tournament over no sooner had he done. Cary Katz took Seidel out and threatened to take over, grabbing the lead of the chip but Sam Greenwood had other ideas.
Greenwood burst into a double elimination when he bust in the same hand both German high-roller Rainer Kempe and similarly highly respected player Timothy Adams. Adams had pocket jacks, while Kempe had a king-queen, but Greenwood sent both of them to the rail as he noticed a set on the line, then kept out to further minimise the area. Only four players remained when Addamo bustled Ben Lamb, as some serious dust had to settle.
The big stacks were Addamo and Katz, and while the Turkish player Orpen Kisacikoglu would last for a little longer, Sam Greenwood needed to catch up.
He hadn’t been able to pick a worse hand to push all-in and make his move. Greenwood looked down at the king-queen, put all his chips on the table, and was called with pocket aces by Michael Addamo… Somehow Greenwood found a flush draw on the flop, and put a straight draw on the turn, but couldn’t find any support on the river, then Addamo hit a pair of aces to play with the chip lead in three-handed.
That only increased when Addamo bustled Kisacikoglu, and despite a few brief heads-up rallies from Katz, Addamo sealed a memorable victory and the first title of his Aussie Millions history, as his twelfth cash was the one that gave him a million-dollar result and the ANTON Championship ring that he will always remember the event by.
For Cary Katz, his latest outstanding result strengthens his position as the 15th most successful poker tournament player of all time, now seeing his earnings rise to more than $26.6 million–a phenomenal achievement in its own right. But it was Addamo’s day and one the famous Australian player looks back on with great fondness.
Aussie Millions A$50,000 Challenge final table results:
|2nd||Cary Katz||United States||A$715,860|
|5th||Ben Lamb||United States||A$318,160|
|8th||Erik Seidel||United States||A$198,850|