Following the expansion to England with the British Poker Open in September 2019, and then the Bahamas with Super High Roller Bowl Bahamas in November, the Australian Poker Open and subsequent Super High Roller Bowl Australia took centre stage this week at The Star Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.
The Australian Poker Open consisted of seven events with buy-ins ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 in varying poker formats. The player who earned the most High Roller of the Year points during the series would be named the Australian Poker Open Champion and received the Australian Poker Open trophy.
While the Main Event would be won by Australian rising star Michael Addamo, the overall points winner was Brit Stephen Chitwick who was crowned Australian Poker Open Champion.
“Creating the Australian Poker Open and Super High Roller Bowl Australia represents a key milestone for Poker Central and an important moment for our business as we further our international reach,” said Sam Simmons, president of Poker Central.
“Off the back of hosting Australia’s first World Poker Tour Festival, we couldn’t be more excited to welcome these premier poker events to Australia, and to our property,” said Jessica Mellor, COO of The Star Gold Coast. “Earlier this year, we were recognized as one of the world’s best-integrated resorts in Asia, so bringing these global tournaments further enhances our reputation for hosting mega-events and driving tourism to Queensland.”
Leading up to the $100,000 Main Event, Mike Watson, Andras Nemeth, Timothy Adams, Farid Jattin, Stephen Chidwick, and Luc Greenwood had all captured Australian Poker Open titles. The points leader heading into the final event would be Nemeth who held a slight lead over Chidwick and Watson.
The Australian Poker Open Main Event attracted a total of 28 entrants and created a $2.8 million prize pool that paid the final four players. Following Day 1 action that saw the field reduced to the final five players, it would be Australian Michael Addamo holding an overwhelming chip lead with nearly half the chips in play. Once play resumed on Day 2, it would be Chidwick needing to finish in-the-money to be crowned the Australian Poker Open Champion. Kahle Burns would be dealt a cruel bubble elimination at the hands of Addamo when his pocket kings went down to Addamo’s queen-eight suited as two eights flopped and Burns found no improvement.
Chidwick would fall in fourth place before 2018-19 GPI Player of the Year Alex Foxen exited in third place – both players falling victim to Aaron Van Blarcum. Unfortunately for Van Blarcum, his run of cards would end when he was eliminated in second place to Addamo’s turned flush.
Australian Poker Open $100,000 Main Event Final Table Results
1st Michael Addamo (Australia) – $1,288,000
2nd Aaron Van Blarcum (United States) – $784,000
3rd Alex Foxen (United States) – $448,000
4th Stephen Chidwick (United Kingdom) – $280,000
5th Kahle Burns (Australia)
With his victory, Addamo moves to over US$7.9 million in lifetime earnings following an incredibly hot start to 2020. At the Aussie Millions, Addamo won the $50k Challenge for $1,073,790, and then made his way up the Gold Coast where he finished fourth in Event #5 and then fifth in Event #6 before claiming victory in the Main Event for $1,288,000.
Australian Poker Open Championship Standings
1st Stephen Chidwick (United Kingdom) – 650 points
2nd Andras Nemeth (Hungary) – 630 points
3rd Michael Addamo (Australia) – 560 points
4th Mike Watson (Canada) – 450 points
Chidwick’s fourth place in the Main Event saw him pick up enough overall points to claim the title of Australian Poker Open Champion. Chidwick now pairs the Australian Poker Open Championship with his U.S. Poker Open Championship as the Brit continues to collect accolades around the world. Having amassed over US$34 million in lifetime earnings, Chidwick sits in sixth place on the All Time Money List. Bryn Kenney remains in top spot with a staggering US$56.4 million in lifetime earnings.