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2021 52nd Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 to Thursday, October 21, 2021

Event #38: High Roller No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed

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  • Buy-in: $50,000
  • Prizepool: $3,877,875
  • Entries: 81
  • Remaining: 0


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Thursday, October 21, 2021 8:20 PM Local Time
Michael Addamo Wins Third Gold Bracelet in Event #38: $50,000 High Roller ($1,132,968)

Michael Addamo

Michael Addamo took home his third World Series of Poker gold bracelet and a $1,132,968 first-place prize after topping an elite 81-player field and defeating Justin Bonomo heads-up in the 2021 WSOP Event #38: $50,000 High Roller.

Addamo is a regular in high-stakes tournaments and is no stranger to success – having already cashed for over $14 million prior to this victory according to The Hendon Mob. The year 2021 has been a career year for the Aussie native, having won three PokerGO Tour tournaments back in September for a combined $5.2 million in earnings alone. That includes winning a pair of Poker Masters tournaments to win the coveted purple jacket and then taking down the Super High Roller Bowl VI for $3.4 million.

Addamo also now joins a select club of three-time bracelet winners alongside Antonio Esfandiari, Joe McKeehen, and Bonomo himself, to name a few.

Addamo remained humble in victory — mostly attributing his resounding success in the past couple of months to luck.

"Obviously there's some skill involved, but winning this much is really attributed to luck in the end, so it's very fortunate. I play a strategy where I put a lot of big bets in. That's no secret. Sometimes you're going to be out in the first level and sometimes you're gonna build up a big stack."

On being regarded as one of the best tournament players by his peers, Addamo had this to say:

"It does put some pressure on me. If you sort of internalize and believe that, you can become complacent. I try to just stay humble and not to let it get to my head and keep working and studying."

Event #38: $50,000 High Roller Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (USD)
1Michael AddamoAustralia$1,132,968
2Justin BonomoUnited States$700,228
3Gal YifrachUnited States$495,305
4Erik SeidelUnited States$358,665
5Chris HunichenUnited States$266,031
6Bin WengUnited States$202,236
7Sam SoverelUnited States$157,666
8Mustapha KanitItaly$126,141
9Leonard MaueGermany$103,635

Final Table Action

Addamo entered Day 3 with a commanding chip lead over the remaining players and quickly continued to add to his stack by knocking out Chris Hunichen and Erik Seidel within the first level. After doubling Gal Yifrach up on two separate occasions, Addamo sent Yifrach to the rail in third place after his pocket eights held up against the ace-seven of Yifrach after getting all-in preflop.

Justin Bonomo
Justin Bonomo

Heads-up play began with Addamo enjoying a slight chip lead over Bonomo, but the tides quickly turned in Bonomo's favor after Addamo called Bonomo with ace-high and lost in a sizable pot.

It wouldn't take long after that, however, for Addamo to regain the chip lead after winning a series of smaller pots that would eventually culminate in Bonomo four-bet shoving with ten-nine and getting called by Addamo with king-jack. Addamo ended up rivering a straight in dramatic fashion after losing the lead on the turn to seal his victory.

Congratulations to Michael Addamo on winning the 2021 Event #38: $50,000 High Roller for $1,132,968!

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Thursday, October 21, 2021 6:56 PM Local Time
Justin Bonomo Eliminated in 2nd Place ($700,228)

Justin Bonomo

In what would be the final hand of the tournament, Justin Bonomo raised to 450,000 on the button and Michael Addamo three-bet to 1.8 million. Bonomo shoved for 11.3 million and Addamo called after thinking for over a minute to put Bonomo at risk.

Michael Addamo:   
Justin Bonomo:   

The flop came     — keeping Addamo out in front, but the   turn vaulted Bonomo into the lead with trip tens.

A tournament-ending   completed the board — giving Addamo Broadway and eliminating Bonomo in second place.

Michael Addamo24,300,00012,200,000
Justin Bonomo0-12,200,000
Thursday, October 21, 2021 6:52 PM Local Time
PokerNews Podcast: Phil Hellmuth Talks 16th Bracelet; Mike Matusow in PHoF?
PokerNews Podcast
PokerNews Podcast

On the latest episode of the PokerNews Podcast, Jesse Fullen and Chad Holloway come to you from the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP)!

The biggest story was that of Phil Hellmuth finally breaking through and capturing his record-extending 16th WSOP gold bracelet. Find out what he had to say in his winner interview with the media after his victory.

Other stories include bracelet wins by Chance Kornuth, David "Bakes" Baker, and Ryan "Santasbzack2" Stoker. Plus, you can hear bracelet winner interviews from Jim Collopy, Mike Noori, Anthony Koutsos, and Karolis Sereika.

Finally, find out how PokerNews pissed off Mike Matusow in regards to the Poker Hall of Fame nominations, which leads to Jesse and Chad sharing their thoughts on "The Mouth" as well as the other 10 finalists. Who stands the best chance of being inducted? Find out here.

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Thursday, October 21, 2021 6:39 PM Local Time
Bonomo Finds a Fold

Michael Addamo raised to 480,000 and Justin Bonomo called.

The flop was     and both players checked.

The turn was   and Bonomo fired an 800,000 bet. Addamo called and the river was  .

Bonomo checked the river and Addamo went into the tank before betting 3.4 million. Bonomo thought it over for more than three minutes before finally getting away from the hand.

Justin Bonomo12,200,000-2,400,000
Michael Addamo12,100,0002,400,000
Thursday, October 21, 2021 6:27 PM Local Time
Bonomo Takes The Lead

Justin Bonomo limped on the button and Michael Addamo raised to 800,000. Bonomo called.

The flop came     and Addamo continued for 440,000. Bonomo called.

The   came on the turn and Addamo checked to Bonomo, who bet 750,000, Addamo called.

The   completed the board and Addamo checked once more — prompting Bonomo to fire two million into the middle.

Addamo called and Bonomo turned over    to beat Addamo's    and take the pot.

Justin Bonomo14,600,0002,800,000
Michael Addamo9,700,000-2,800,000
Thursday, October 21, 2021 6:06 PM Local Time
Heads Up

Justin Bonomo and Michael Addamo are now heads-up for the gold bracelet and $1,132,968 first-place prize.

Addamo currently has a slight chip advantage over Bonomo.

Michael Addamo12,500,0000
Justin Bonomo11,800,0000
Thursday, October 21, 2021 6:03 PM Local Time
Gal Yifrach Eliminated in 3rd Place ($495,305)

Gal Yifrach

Gal Yifrach limped in from the small blind and Michael Addamo raised to 520,000 from the big blind. Yifrach three-bet shoved for 3.8 million and Addamo called.

Gal Yifrach:   
Michael Addamo:   

The board ran out       and the river spade completed a flush to knock Yifrach out of the tournament in third place.

Michael Addamo12,500,0003,800,000
Justin Bonomo11,800,000-100,000
Gal Yifrach0-3,800,000
Thursday, October 21, 2021 5:55 PM Local Time
Bonomo Applies Pressure

Justin Bonomo raised to 350,000 from the button and Michael Addamo called from the big blind.

The flop was     and Addamo checked.

Bonomo continued for 300,000 and Addamo folded. Bonomo grabs a small pot to extend his lead further.

Justin Bonomo11,900,000700,000
Michael Addamo8,700,000-300,000
Gal Yifrach3,800,000-400,000
Thursday, October 21, 2021 5:48 PM Local Time
Level 19 started
Level: 19
Blinds: 80,000/160,000
Ante: 160,000
Thursday, October 21, 2021 5:39 PM Local Time
Players on Break

The final three players are now on a short break.

Justin Bonomo11,200,0001,000,000
Michael Addamo9,000,000-400,000
Gal Yifrach4,200,000-600,000
Thursday, October 21, 2021 5:25 PM Local Time
Yifrach Doubles Through Addamo

Gal Yifrach

Michael Addamo raised to 240,000 on the button and was called by Gal Yifrach in the big blind.

The flop came     and Yifrach checked to Addamo, who bet 660,000. Yifrach then check-shoved for a bit over two million and Addamo called.

Michael Addamo:   
Gal Yifrach:   

The   turn kept Addamo out in front, but the   river completed Yifrach's flush and he doubled through Addamo.

Michael Addamo9,400,000-2,300,000
Gal Yifrach4,800,0002,400,000
Thursday, October 21, 2021 5:20 PM Local Time
Bonomo Calls for a Big Double

Justin Bonomo

Michael Addamo raised to 480,000 from the small blind and Justin Bonomo called from the big blind.

The flop was     and both players checked.

The turn was   and Addamo bet 1.1 million. Bonomo called to see a river  .

Addamo went into the tank for more than a minute before continuing with a river bet of 3.4 million. Bonomo spent more than six minutes before calling with   . The jacks and tens were good and Addamo's    went into the muck.

Michael Addamo11,700,000-5,000,000
Justin Bonomo10,200,0004,700,000
Gal Yifrach2,400,000-100,000
Thursday, October 21, 2021 5:10 PM Local Time
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Thursday, October 21, 2021 5:07 PM Local Time
Yifrach Doubles Through Addamo

Gal Yifrach

Michael Addamo raised to 240,000 on the button and Gal Yifrach shoved from the big blind. Addamo called to put Yifrach at risk.

Gal Yifrach:   
Michael Addamo:   

Yifrach had Addamo dominated and the       board kept Yifrach out in front — awarding him the double up with aces up.

Michael Addamo16,700,000-900,000
Gal Yifrach2,500,0001,200,000
Thursday, October 21, 2021 5:03 PM Local Time
Erik Seidel Eliminated in 4th Place ($358,665)

Erik Seidel

Erik Seidel limped in from the small blind. Michael Addamo raised to 480,000 from the big blind and Seidel went over the top with a shove for 4.8 million. Addamo called.

Erik Seidel:   
Michael Addamo:   

The board ran out       and Addamo's flopped pair of kings was enough to send Seidel to the rail in fourth place.

Michael Addamo17,600,0004,400,000
Justin Bonomo5,500,000200,000
Gal Yifrach1,300,0000
Erik Seidel0-4,100,000
Thursday, October 21, 2021 4:53 PM Local Time
Addamo Leaves Yiffrach Short

Michael Addamo raised to 240,000 on the button and was called by Gal Yichrach in the big blind.

The flop came     and Yifrach check-called a 120,000 bet from Addamo.

The turn brought the   and Yifrach checked. Addamo bet 300,000 and Yifrach again called.

The   completed the board and Yifrach checked a final time, Addamo bet enough to put Yifrach all in and Yifrach quickly folded.

Michael Addamo13,200,000500,000
Gal Yifrach1,300,000-800,000
Thursday, October 21, 2021 4:45 PM Local Time
Seidel Pressures Addamo

Michael Addamo raised to 240,000 from early position and Erik Seidel called from the big blind.

The flop was     and Seidel checked. Addamo bet 120,000 and Seidel check-called.

The turn was   and both players checked. The river was  .

Seidel fired 600,000 on the river and Addamo got away from it.

Michael Addamo12,700,000600,000
Justin Bonomo5,300,000-1,000,000
Erik Seidel4,100,000700,000
Gal Yifrach2,100,000-1,060,000
Thursday, October 21, 2021 4:24 PM Local Time
Chris Hunichen Eliminated in 5th Place ($266,031)

Chris Hunichen

Michael Addamo raised to 200,000 on the button and was called by Chris Hunichen in the big blind.

The flop came     and Hunichen checked to Addamo, who continued for 100,000. Hunichen called.

The   fell on the turn and Hunichen shoved for 1.12 million. Addamo called.

Chris Hunichen:   
Michael Addamo:   

Hunichen would need to hit one of his many outs to survive, but the   river left Addamo with trips and Hunichen was eliminated in fifth place

Michael Addamo12,100,0001,500,000
Chris Hunichen0-1,500,000
Thursday, October 21, 2021 4:20 PM Local Time
Hunichen Doubles Through Addamo

Chris Hunichen

Chris Hunichen shoved his last 660,000 from under the gun and Michael Addamo was the lone caller.

Chris Hunichen:   
Michael Addamo:   

The board ran out       and Hunichen found another big double with queens full of threes.

Michael Addamo10,600,000-875,000
Chris Hunichen1,500,000790,000
Thursday, October 21, 2021 4:18 PM Local Time
Seidel Backs Down

Justin Bonomo raised to 200,000 from under-the-gun and Seidel three-bet to one million from the small blind. Action folded back over Bonomo, who, undeterred, four-bet to 4.4 million.

Seidel let his hand go and Bonomo scooped the pot.

Justin Bonomo6,300,0001,600,000
Erik Seidel3,400,000-935,000