After six days of anticipation, Event #54: $10,000 Heads Up No Limit Championship will crown one of the four remaining players as a bracelet winner. Michael Addamo, Chi Zhang, David Peters, and Alyssa MacDonald are already guaranteed a payday of $124,160, but the coveted WSOP gold bracelet, $360,480 and a WSOPE package are on the line. Just two victories separate the final four from reaching poker's pinnacle in one of the most exciting events on the schedule.
The four are left standing from a field that started off with 128 hopefuls last Sunday. Here's how each of the finalists made their way through.
Routes to the Final Four
|Michael Addamo||Michael Zhang||David Peters||Alyssa MacDonald|
|Round of 128||Connor Drinan||David Yan||Johan Guilbert||Brunno Botteon|
|Round of 64||Shota Hirao||Sean Winter||Sami Kelopuro||Mark Radoja|
|Round of 32||Gabriel Campanha||Erik Seidel||Scott Woods||Viktor Kudinov|
|Round of 16||Bertrand Grospellier||Daniel Negreanu||Sergi Reixach||Ajay Chabra|
|Round of 8||Pedro Waldburger||Chris Brewer||Stefan Burakov||Belarmino De Souza|
$10K Heads Up Bracket
Coming in from the top-left part of the bracket, Michael Addamo is the man in the spotlights this week, finding himself on the wrong end in the biggest online NLHE cash game pot on record. Addamo has been frequenting these swingy, ultra high-stakes games while playing for bracelets to add to his tally of 2 and $8M+ in tournament winnings.
Addamo's road to #3 won't be easy, as Chi Zhang is as tough as they come. Zhang is a fellow regular in the highest-stakes games around the world and arguably had the hardest road to the final four, eliminating Sean Winter, Erik Seidel, and Daniel Negreanu along the way. The showdown between the two high-stakes giants promises to be a treat.
On the opposite side of the bracket, a third high-roller emerged in David Peters. One of the most accomplished tournament professionals of all time with over $33M+ in lifetime cashes and a bracelet winner, Peters will find himself up against the wild card that's left, Canada's Alyssa MacDonald.
Predominantly an online player, MacDonald $6K in lifetime cashes might fade against Peters' piles, but the long-time online pro has plenty of accolades on the digital felt. In an interview with PocketFives, MacDonald mentioned she has made "well over a million USD in online cashes" during her career. She also defeated the red-hot Belarmino de Souza in the final eight to rightfully claim her spot. Will she be able to topple two of the three remaining giants, starting with Peters?
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