Some of the biggest names in poker turned out over the last two weeks in Las Vegas for high stakes action in the Poker Masters at the PokerGO Studio. The series featured buy-ins ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 with some well-known crushers rising to the top.
Australia’s Michael Addamo won the final two events of the series to take the champion’s purple jacket. That included winning the final event, a $100,000 No Limit Hold’em tournament, for $1.2 million.
Along with Addamo, other big names also performed well. Some winners included Daniel Negreanu, Shannon Shorr, Stehen Chidwick, Sean Perry, and others.
Addamo closes out the series with back-to-back wins
Wins in the final two events of the series vaulted Addamo to the top of the standings in the 12-event series. In Event 11: $50,000 NLHE, he defeated a field of 34 players for $680,000.
That came after topping Jason Koon heads-up ($442,000) and a tough final table that also included David Coleman (third, $272,000); Alex Foxen (fourth, $187,000); and Cary Katz (fifth, $119,000).
If that finish wasn’t enough, Addamo also found the winner’s circle in the series’ final event. The $100,000 NLHE event highlighted the series and produced a field of 29 for a $2.9 million prize pool.
“It’s been an incredible run of winning a lot of all ins – it’s just insane,” Addamo told PokerGO News after taking two straight titles.
When play reached heads-up, he held about a 4-to-1 chip lead over Nick Petrangelo. Addamo also held the chip lead going into the final table and was able to close it out.
We award the Purple Jacket to Michael Addamo…winner of the $50k AND the $100k at the Poker Masters pic.twitter.com/Vbh9509eAu
— Jeff Platt (@jeffplatt) September 20, 2021
Petrangelo added $754,000 for his third cash of the series. Other top finishers included: Alex Foxen (third, $464,000); Stanley Tang (fourth, $319,000); and Mikita Badziakouski (fifth, $203,000).
The back-to-back wins brought Addamo almost $1.8 million. He scored an additional $50,000 for winning the series leaderboard for the purple jacket.
Addamo credited his online poker play with helping to put him on the same plane as some of poker’s high roller regulars.
“I think I’m definitely up there,” he said. “I play a lot against these guys online. I think my game shapes up pretty well against them.”
Shorr, Perry, Negreanu, and others score titles
Several other major name players scored titles during the series. Shannon Shorr opened the series by winning the first event.
Shorr, originally from Alabama, took down a $10,000 NLHE event for $205,000, his third win of the year. David Peters grabbed $147,600 for runner-up. The win comes after Shorr recently announced that he and his wife are expecting their first child.
Sean Perry remains one of the hottest players in poker after scoring the title in the second event. He took down the $10,000 NLHE event for $206,400 and finished with three cashes in the series.
This title came after numerous big finishes and wins throughout this year. That included winning the $25,000 High Roller at the Venetian Deepstack Series in August for $290,000.
Daniel Negreanu also found a Poker Masters win in the fifth event of the series. He took the title in a $10,000 NLHE event for $178,200 after also winning a PokerGO Cup event in July.
Despite two more cashes in the series, Negreanu was disappointed he wasn’t in contention more for the purple jacket.
No purple jacket for me.
A rare combination of unlucky big spots followed by poor decisions.
Shame cause I started well the first hour then just didn’t play well enough to deserve the jacket.
Super High Roller Bowl next week!
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) September 19, 2021
High stakes regular Stephen Chidwick also snagged yet another title in the Poker Masters. He finished in the top spot in the seventh event, $10,000 NLHE, for $183,600. Here’s a look at all the winners.
2021 Poker Masters
Event Tournament Entries Prize pool Winner Winner payout
1 $10,000 NLHE 82 $820,000 Shannon Shorr $205,000
2 $10,000 NLHE 86 $860,000 Sean Perry $206,400
3 $10,000 PLO 69 $690,000 Adam Hendrix $186,300
4 $10,000 NLHE 73 $730,00 Brock Wilson $189,800
5 $10,000 NLHE 66 $660,00 Daniel Negreanu $178,200
6 $10,000 Eight-Game Mix 30 $300,000 Mxx Coleman $120,000
7 $10,000 NLHE 68 $680,00 Stephen Chidwick $183,600
8 $25,000 NLHE 57 $1,425,000 Chris Brewer $427,500
9 $25,000 PLO 43 $1,075,000 Miles Rampel $365,500
10 $25,000 NLHE 38 $950,000 Mikita Badziakouski $342,000
11 $50,000 NLHE 34 $1,700,000 Michael Addamo $680,000
12 $100,000 NLHE 29 $2,900,000 Michael Addamo $1,160,000
Super High Roller Bowl next up for PokerGO Tour
The World Series of Poker may be around the corner, but one additional PokerGO Tour event lies ahead. The $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl is set for Sept. 27-30.
The event should again produce another nice field of big name pros. Addamo has already committed to being among the field.
Polish online pro Wiktor Malinowski won the SHRB Europe Main Event in August in North Cyprus for $3.7 million. In 2020, Justin Bonomo won the $102,000 SHRB Online at partypoker for $1.8 million.
* Michael Addamo photo courtesy PokerGO