Badziakouski & Addamo Claim Poker Masters Titles Over Weekend; One Event Remains

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The 2021 Poker Masters entered its home stretch over the weekend, which included crowning two more winners before heading into the final tournament of the series.

On Friday, Mikita Badziakouski topped a field of 38 entries to win Event #10: $25,000 NL Hold’em at the 2021 Poker Masters for $342,000. Not only did Badziakouski topped win, he did so in hist first Poker Masters of the 2021 edition after having recently arrived in Las Vegas.

“It feels good, but you know, it’s just about luck,” Badziakouski told PokerGO officials after the win. ““As a professional, I just need to come and try to perform my best no matter the results from the previous events.”

Mikita Badziakouski
Mikita Badziakouski

He added: “It’s very easy to lose yourself in sorts about previous hands, which is not necessary and probably not the best choice. I’m glad I managed to notice when I’m out of sorts about previous hands and actually try to get my focus back to what is going on. Maybe that’s helped a little, but at the most, it’s just about luck.”

According to updates from the event, Seth Davies began heads-up play with a chip lead but Badziakouski scored a double with jack-nine and hit the river to best ace-six. Not long after, Davies was at-risk with jack-four and despite pairing on the flop, Badziakouski rivered a straight with queen-ten to seal the deal.

2021 Poker Masters Event #10 Payouts

Place Player PokerGO Tour Points Prize
1 Mikita Badziakouski 205 $342,000
2 Seth Davies 137 $228,000
3 Daniel Negreanu $91 152,000
4 Ali Imsirovic 63 $104,500
5 Jason Koon 46 $76,000
6 Chris Brewer 29 $47,500

Addamo Takes the Lead

Michael Addamo
Michael Addamo

In just his second tournament of the 2021 Poker Masters, Michael Addamo bested a 34-entry field to win Event #11: $50,000 NLH for $680,000. Addamo began the final day as the chip leader and eliminated all four of his opponents on his way to victory, which put him atop the points leaderboard with just one event to go.

“It was incredible,” Addamo said of going on to win after starting Day 2 with the chip lead. “I had a great stretch of hands and I pretty much had it the whole time on the final table, so I can’t credit it to any good bluffing skills. Just good fortune.”

He continued: “I just want to keep playing the big buy-ins,” Addamo said when asked about what else he would like to achieve in poker. “The 100Ks-plus is really exciting stuff and obviously this one as well. I’d just like to keep going, battling it out with all of the other top guys, and see how we go.”

According to updates from the event, Addamo bested Jason Koon in heads-up play when his king-jack held up against king-nine.

2021 Poker Masters Event #11 Payouts

Place Player PokerGO Tour Points Prize
1 Michael Addamo Australia 408
2 Jason Koon United States 265
3 David Coleman United States 163
4 Alex Foxen United States 112
5 Cary Katz United States 71

The 2021 Poker Masters will wrap up on Sunday with the conclusion of Event #12: $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em. Just five players remain in that tournament with Addamo sitting as chip leader. If he can finish in the top two he will lock up the purple jacket.

However, if Badziakouski, Alex Foxen, or Nick Petrangelo win, they will take top honors. The only player at the final table without a chance to win the Poker Masters purple jacket it Hong Kong’s Stanley Tang.

Here’s a look at the points leaderboard after Event #11:

2021 Poker Masters Leaderboard

Rank Player Points Wins Cashes Earnings
1st Michael Addamo 408 1 1 $680,000
2nd Lou Garza 376 0 4 $550,200
3rd Daniel Negreanu 372 1 3 $433,400
4th Brock Wilson 358 1 3 $414,300
5th Chris Brewer 349 1 4 $538,300
6th Jason Koon 345 0 3 $552,400
7th Sean Perry 280 1 3 $280,000
8th Stephen Chidwick 271 1 3 $296,100
9th Dylan DeStefano 260 0 3 $260,800
10th Jeremy Ausmus 219 0 3 $253,200

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*Images courtesy of PokerGO.

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