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

Sunday, November 21, 2021 to Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Event #87: High Roller No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $100,000
  • Prizepool: $6,192,000
  • Entries: 64
  • Remaining: 0


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Tuesday, November 23, 2021 7:42 PM Local Time
Michael Addamo Wins $100,000 High Roller for His Fourth WSOP Bracelet

Michael Addamo

Australia's Michael Addamo defeated Kevin Rabichow in heads-up play to win Event #87: $100,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em and close out the 2021 World Series of Poker in its final year at Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. Addamo survived a field of 64 players and a talented final five to claim the $1,958,569 grand prize and the WSOP gold bracelet.

This is Addamo's fourth WSOP title and the second of 2021 after he took down the $50,000 High Roller 8-handed event earlier in the series. The win tops an incredible year on the high-stakes tournament scene.

Addamo has been a force in high-stakes tournaments in 2021, winning five different events with a $50,000 buy-in or more, while finishing second and third in two others. The Aussie's live tournament earnings for 2021 tally just short of $9.5 million, and today's win brought his career total to just over $17.7 million.

$100,000 High Roller Payouts

1Michael AddamoAustralia$1,958,569
2Kevin RabichowUnited States$1,210,487
3Sam SoverelUnited States$830,992
4Sean Perry United States$590,344
5Henrik HecklenDenmark$434,523
6Sorel MizziCanada$331,806
7Sam GraftonUnited Kingdom$263,227
8Mikita BadziakouskiBelarus$217,274
9Bill KleinUnited States$186,909
10Fedor HolzGermany$167,869

Addamo came into Day 3 with a commanding chip lead, but Sam Soverel was able to double through the champion and take the top spot on the leaderboard on two separate occasions. Addamo fought back and regained the lead each time before he held off Kevin Rabichow's attempt to double in heads-up play to claim victory.

"Kevin (Rabichow) is a heads-up player originally, so it would've been quite tough with double up there," Addamo said in a post-win interview.

After a career year, the newest addition to the four-time champion list is ready for some time off.

"I've been playing non-stop for three and a half months straight so I am ready for a break," Addamo said. Don't expect him to be out for long, especially with the growth on the high-stakes tournament scene.

"The schedule hasn't been announced yet but I will be playing a lot of tournaments next year and more at the WSOP again."

Kevin Rabichow
Runner-up Kevin Rabichow

Day 3 Action

Action started early when Sean Perry got it in with ace-jack and doubled through Addamo. Otherwise, the early hands were a feeling out process until Henrik Hecklen was eliminated in fifth place when his queen-jack lost to Soverel's pair of kings.

Soverel followed up the elimination with a double-up through Addamo that gave him the chip lead. Perry was soon out in fourth place when his pair of sixes ran into Rabichow's pocket eights.

Addamo reclaimed the chip lead in three-handed play and extended it with big bets that put pressure on Soverel and Rabichow, but he ran into danger when Soverel called a big Addamo bet and doubled back into the lead with pocket nines.

Soverel's time with the lead was short-lived and Addamo re-took the top spot when he shoved with jack-ten and beat Soverel's ace-jack when a ten dropped on the turn. The hand left Addamo with more than 24 million, nearly two-thirds of the chips in play.

Once he took yet another commanding lead, Addamo went to work and eliminated Soverel in third place with ace-jack. Addamo held nearly all of the chips on the table as heads-up play started, and the big moment came when Rabichow got it in with ace-six. Addamo caught a pair of twos on the flop and held on to win the hand and the tournament.

Congratulations to Michael Addamo for winning his fourth bracelet in Event #87: $100,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em on the final day of the 2021 World Series of Poker. Thank you for joining the PokerNews live reporting team for all of the updates from throughout the final year at Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. Be sure to join us in the future for coverage of all of your favorite events.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 6:48 PM Local Time
Kevin Rabichow Eliminated in 2nd Place ($1,210,487)

Kevin Rabichow

Michael Addamo raised to 6,000,000 and Kevin Rabichow called for his last 5,500,000.

Kevin Rabichow:   
Michael Addamo:   

The board ran out       and Addamo held on with a fives and twos to eliminate Rabichow in second place for $1,210,487.

Michael Addamo38,400,00010,400,000
Kevin Rabichow0-5,000,000
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 6:37 PM Local Time
Sam Soverel Eliminated in 3rd Place ($830,992)

Sam Soverel

Sam Soverel shoved his last 4,400,000 from the button and Michael Addamo called from the small blind.

Sam Soverel:   
Michael Addamo:   

The board ran out       with three jacks for Addamo and Soverel was eliminated from the tournament in third place for $830,992.

Michael Addamo28,000,0000
Kevin Rabichow5,000,000-1,000,000
Sam Soverel0-4,400,000
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 6:33 PM Local Time
Level 24 started
Level: 24
Blinds: 250,000/500,000
Ante: 500,000
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 6:20 PM Local Time
Player Break

The final three players are on their first break of the day.

Michael Addamo28,000,0003,400,000
Kevin Rabichow6,000,000-1,200,000
Sam Soverel4,400,000-2,200,000
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 6:13 PM Local Time
Addamo Doubles Back into Chip Lead

Michael Addamo

Sam Soverel raised to 800,000 and Michael Addamo three-bet to 6,000,000. Soverel four-bet to 11,900,000 and Addamo called for his last 5,900,000.

Michael Addamo:   
Sam Soverel:   

The board ran out       and Addamo turned a pair of tens to double back into the chip lead.

Michael Addamo24,600,00013,700,000
Kevin Rabichow7,200,0001,400,000
Sam Soverel6,600,000-15,100,000
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 6:03 PM Local Time
Soverel Doubles into Chip Lead Again

Sam Soverel

Sam Soverel raised to 200,000 and Michael Addamo three-bet to 10,700,000. Soverel called for his last 10,300,000.

Sam Soverel:   
Michael Addamo:   

The board ran out       and Soverel claimed the chip lead with a double through Addamo.

Sam Soverel21,700,00011,000,000
Michael Addamo10,900,000-11,100,000
Kevin Rabichow5,800,0000
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 6:00 PM Local Time
Addamo Four-Bets Rabichow

Michael Addamo raised to 800,000 and Kevin Rabichow three-bet to 2,100,000.

Sam Soverel folded and Addamo four-bet to 3,400,000. Rabichow thought for a moment and got away from it.

Michael Addamo22,000,0003,700,000
Sam Soverel10,700,000-800,000
Kevin Rabichow5,800,000-2,900,000
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 5:55 PM Local Time
Rabichow Gets a Little Bit Back

Kevin Rabichow raised to 900,000 from the button and Michael Addamo called from the big blind.

The flop was     and Addamo checked. Rabichow bet 1,300,000 and Addamo got away from it.

Michael Addamo18,300,000-700,000
Sam Soverel11,500,000-1,000,000
Kevin Rabichow8,700,0001,700,000
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 5:49 PM Local Time
Addamo Extending the Lead

Michael Addamo open-raised to 6,600,000 from the small blind and Kevin Rabichow folded quickly. Addamo scooped up the big blind and the ante to extend the lead in three-handed play.

Michael Addamo19,000,0002,900,000
Sam Soverel12,500,000-1,400,000
Kevin Rabichow7,000,000-1,500,000
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 5:41 PM Local Time
Level 23 started
Level: 23
Blinds: 200,000/400,000
Ante: 400,000
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 5:39 PM Local Time
Addamo Bets the River

Sam Soverel called from the small blind and Michael Addamo checked his option.

The flop was     and Soverel bet 300,000. Addamo called and the turn was  .

Soverel checked the turn and called Addamo's 375,000 bet. The river was  .

Soverel checked the river and Addamo bet 2,900,000. Soverel mucked his cards and Addamo extended the chip lead after reclaiming it in the previous hand.

Michael Addamo16,100,0001,000,000
Sam Soverel13,900,000-900,000
Kevin Rabichow8,500,0000
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 5:34 PM Local Time
Addamo Check-Raises to Reclaim Chip Lead

Sam Soverel raised to 600,000 and Michael Addamo came along from the small blind while Kevin Rabichow called from the big blind.

The flop was     and all three players checked.

The turn was  . Addamo and Rabichow checked before Soverel bet 525,000. Addamo raised to 1,900,000. Soverel and Rabichow got out of the way and Addamo scooped the pot to reclaim the chip lead.

Michael Addamo15,100,0004,400,000
Sam Soverel14,800,000-2,700,000
Kevin Rabichow8,500,000-1,700,000
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 5:17 PM Local Time
Sean Perry Eliminated in 4th Place ($590,344)

Sean Perry

Kevin Rabichow raised to 4,000,000 from the button and Sean Perry called from the big blind for his last 3,650,000.

Sean Perry:   
Kevin Rabichow:   

The board ran out       and Rabichow eliminated Perry in fourth place for $590,344.

Sam Soverel17,500,0000
Michael Addamo10,700,000-100,000
Kevin Rabichow10,200,0005,000,000
Sean Perry0-4,900,000
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 5:10 PM Local Time
Soverel Doubles into Chip Lead

Sam Soverel

Sam Soverel raised to 725,000 from the button and Michael Addamo called from the big blind.

The flop came     and Addamo checked. Soverel bet 375,000 and Addamo called.

The turn was   and Addamo checked again. Soverel spent a time extension and bet 1,200,000. Addamo spent a time extension of his own and raised to 7,430,000.

Soverel spent more than four minutes in the tank and called.

Soverel turned over    for a pair of queens and Addamo had    for two pair.

The river was   and Soverel hit the better two pair and secured the double to take the chip lead.

Sam Soverel17,500,0008,900,000
Michael Addamo10,800,000-5,300,000
Kevin Rabichow5,200,000300,000
Sean Perry4,900,000-2,300,000
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 4:59 PM Local Time
Level 22 started
Level: 22
Blinds: 150,000/300,000
Ante: 300,000
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 4:51 PM Local Time
Henrik Hecklen Eliminated in 5th Place ($434,523)

Henrik Hecklen

Sam Soverel raised to 3,490,000 from the small blind and Henrik Hecklen called for his last 3,250,000 from the big blind.

Henrik Hecklen:   
Sam Soverel:   

The board ran out       and the pair of kings was good enough to send Hecklen home in fifth place for $434,523.

Sam Soverel8,600,0002,600,000
Henrik Hecklen0-4,300,000
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 4:49 PM Local Time
PN Podcast: Interviews w/ WSOP Main Event Champ Koray Aldemir, Vince Vaughn & Eli Elezra
PokerNews Podcast
PokerNews Podcast

On the latest episode of the PokerNews Podcast, Sarah Herring, Jeff Platt and Chad Holloway come to you from the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP)!

They recap the 2021 WSOP $10,000 Main Event, which was won by Koray Aldemir, and highlight other recent bracelet winners including Brian Hastings, Chad Himmelspach, and David Moses.

They also offer an interview with actor and new WSOP Master of Ceremonies Vince Vaughn, as well as one with new Poker Hall of Fame inductee Eli Elezra. Also, hear the crew discuss rumors concerning the WSOP's upcoming move to the Las Vegas Strip and what the future may hold for the aforementioned Poker Hall of Fame.

Click here to listen to the new PN Podcast!

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 4:40 PM Local Time
Rabichow Gets a Shove Through

Kevin Rabichow shoved for 4,300,000 and the rest of the table got out of the way.

The first 10 hands of Day 3 have been a feeling-out process since Sean Perry's double.

Michael Addamo16,100,0000
Sean Perry7,200,000-1,100,000
Sam Soverel6,000,000835,000
Kevin Rabichow4,900,000650,000
Henrik Hecklen4,300,000-1,145,000
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 4:20 PM Local Time
Level 21 started
Level: 21
Blinds: 120,000/240,000
Ante: 240,000