Michael Addamo Leads SHRB Final Table, Chasing Third Straight Win
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Michael Addamo is on the heater of a lifetime, and it just might continue in the way of a $3.4 million score on Wednesday at the final table of the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl.
Tuesday's Day 2 session at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas was a grueling one for the 12 players who remained. The final card wasn't dealt until around 11 hours after the session began. And only five players are left standing, two of whom will walk away empty-handed. The players who busted on Tuesday were Sam Soverel, David Peters, Bryn Kenney, Bill Klein, Seth Davies, Jonathan Little, and Jake Schindler.
Here are the chip counts heading into Day 3:
Foxen Fades But Still in the Ballgame
If any of the remaining players had reason to leave the felt Tuesday night disappointed, Alex Foxen is the likely individual. The two-time defending GPI Player of the Year entered the day with the chip lead. He would go on to extend it during the first half of Day 2. At one point, he had a 2-1 chip advantage over any other player. But the second half of the day wasn't so kind.
Bonomo, who chatted with PokerNews briefly on Day 2, also had a roller coaster day, going from one of the biggest stacks to losing over 40% of his stack, and then finishing up with the second largest stack out of five remaining players.
Record-Setting Day Ahead for Addamo?
Addamo will be chasing some poker glory in a couple of ways on Wednesday when play resumes at noon PT (livestream on PokerGO starts at 1 p.m.). He'll be in search of three straight high roller wins and becoming Australia's all-time winningest live tournament player.
Earlier this month, Addamo won the final two events of the Poker Masters series to claim the coveted Purple Jacket. Should he win the $3.4 million first place prize in the Super High Roller Bowl, he will crack the $13.5 million lifetime mark. That puts him at around $900,000 more than the Australia's current leader, 2005 WSOP Main Event champion Joe Hachem.
Addamo catapulted into the chip lead thanks to a late hand he won against Bill Klein, who was among the chip leaders at the time.
Klein limp-reraised preflop with but was up against Addamo's . The board would run out and Klein bet throughout including an all-in shove on the river. Addamo refused to fold his over-pair and took down a massive pot, and Klein was subsequently eliminated moments later in sixth place.
Bluff of the Day
Sean Winter is one of the most accomplished high rollers in the game, thanks in large part to his ability to pull off a huge timely bluff. He proved that during one crucial hand against Foxen on Tuesday.
With the blinds at 5,000/10,000 (10,000 big blind ante), Foxen min-raised under-the-gun to 20,000 with , and Winter, on the button with , popped it to 100,000. Both players would see a flop of , and Winter would again bet when checked to him, downsizing to 43,000. With top pair and a decent kicker, Foxen wasn't going anywhere (yet).
The turn was the and it didn't slow down the pre-flop aggressor, who bet 90,000 this time, and his opponent again made the call. When the turned over on the river, Winter took a huge risk, betting 355,000 with queen-high, leaving himself just 15,000 behind. Foxen, who was the chip leader at the time, went into the tank before deciding on a fold.
Winter would gradually increase his stack throughout the day, while Foxen dropped off from start to finish. Three of the final five will get paid, with the min-cash at just over $1 million.
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