The High Roller Club continued on June 21 with some massive events. Sunday are traditionally the biggest days in the online poker world and this Sunday was no exception. Dozens of the world’s best players turned out for the High Roller Club events, but it was UK-based Australian superstar Michael Addamo who shone brightest. What happened? Let’s find out.
High Roller Club: Main Event $1M Gtd
Thirty-nine players parted company with $25,500 in this Sunday’s High Roller Club Main Event and only five of them walked away with a slice of the $1 million prize pool.
Stephen Chidwick and Daniel Dvoress both reached the final table but still left the tournament empty-handed, as did Sergi Reixach who fell in sixth-place and was the unfortunate soul who burst the money bubble.
Money Bubble Bursts
Reixach busted in a massive pot. Rok Gostisa min-raised to 500,000 with in the cutoff and Reixach jammed from the small blind for 6,471,292 with . Pascal Lefrancois woke up in the big blind with and he reshoved for 8,608,652, forcing a fold from Gostisa. The board ran and the bubble burst.
Timothy Adams was the first player to bust inside the money. His tournament ended at the hands of Lefrancois. Lefrancois min-raised to 500,000 on the button with and Adams three-bet all-in from the small blind for 3,013,356 with . Lefranoics called.
A final board reading saw Lefrancois improve to a straight and the player count reduce by one.
Fourth-place and exactly $100,000 went to Juan Pardo. Addamo min-raised to 700,000 on the button with and Pardo called in the big blind with . Pardo paired his eight on the but it would ultimately be an expensive second-best hand. Pardo checked, Addamo bet 437,500 into 1,750,000 and instantly called when Pardo check-raised all for 2,114,614 in total. The turn was followed by the river and Pardo busted.
Heads-Up Set; Addamo Running Hot
Addamo caught more than his fair share of favourable boards and found himself the chip leader with only three players remaining. He sent Lefrancois to the showers in third-place to all but tie up the tournament.
With blinds at 250,000/500,000/62,500a, Addamo ripped it for 23,269,369 with . Gostisa folded his in the small blind from a 4,816,464 stack, but Lefrancois called off his 10,476,667 with . Addamo flopped trip nines and Lefrancois failed to catch up.
This left Addamo with 34,183,536 chips to Gostisa’s 4,816,464 and the writing was on the wall. Gostisa’s chips went into the middle on the first hand of heads-up and Addamo called. It was for Gostisa and for Addamo. A final board reading busted Gostisa in second-place and left Addamo to bank a cool $407,500.
You can watch a re-run of the action from this massive event over on our Twitch channel.
|1||Michael Addamo||United Kingdom||$407,500|
|4||Juan Pardo||United Kingdom||$100,000|
High Roller Club: Mix-Max 2nd Chance $500K Gtd
Addamo found himself deep in the $10,300 High Roller Club Mix-Max event while he was busy taking down the Main Event. Not only did he triumph in the Main Event, he also took down this tournament!
This event paid $510,000 across the top six finishers. Alex Foxen narrowly missed out on another High Roller Club score, falling in seventh for nothing more than the unwanted title of bubble boy.
Pascal Lefrancois finished in sixth and more than doubled his buy-in to $27,568. Juan Pardo joined Lefrancois on the rail, doing so with $35,700 more in his bankroll. Then Timothy Adams ($45,900) and Russian pro Vyacheslav Buldygin ($66,300) fell by the wayside, which left Sergi Reixach and Addamo to fight it out one-on-one for the lion’s share of the prize pool.
Addamo brushed aside his opponent and got his hands on the $204,000 top prize, resigning Reixach to a $130,531 consolation prize.
|1||Michael Addamo||United Kingdom||$204,000|
|2||Sergi Reixach||United Kingdom||$130,531|
|5||Juan Pardo||United Kingdom||$35,700|
High Roller Club: The Big Game $1M Gtd
Addamo also put together a deep run in the $1 million guaranteed Big Game, but fell short of the final table. Addamo fell in 13th place for $15,355, one place before Team partypoker’s Ludovic Geilich whose 12th place finished yielded an $18,468 prize.
Niklas Astedt and Wiktor Malinowski‘s tournaments ended before Team Online’s Jordan Drummond popped the final table bubble, the Canadian’s ninth-place being worth $18,468 also.
The first of two Finnish stars, Eelis Parssinen, was the final table’s first casualty. He soon gained some company on the sidelines in the share of Mark Radoja and that man Pascal Lefrancois. Parssinen’s fellow Finn, Sami Kelopuro, crashed out in fifth for $57,064 before Jans Arends saw his tournament conclude in fourth-place for $80,927.
Our very own Kristen Bicknell’s hopes of victory were dashed when she fell in third. It was a result worth $109,459, the first six-figure prize of the tournament. Bicknell’s demise left former MILLIONS Online champion Jon Van Fleet and Hungary’s Laszlo Bujtas to lock horns one-on-one. Van Fleet came out on top after much butting of heads, and he banked $211,552, leaving Bujtas to net $153,554.
|1||Jon Van Fleet||Canada||$211,552|
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