Burns and Addamo Wins Make it Australia Day in the Poker Masters Online

Two of Australias finest landed huge wins in the Poker Masters Online yesterday on partypoker, the fifth day of playing rewarding Kahle Burns and Michael Addamo with close to $300k payouts, though there was not an Aussie flag in sight…

By: Andrew Burnett

First up, Burns was one of 119 entries to the $10k 8-max NLHE, the Geelong-born pro playing under the Mexican flag.

Event 10 in the 30-tournament series saw some new names among those making the money, although Tim Adams (13th for $23,800) and Ben Heath (11th for $29,750) should be well-known to almost everyone.

Ian Engel bubbled the final table but took away the same payout as Heath, and when Joao Vieira fell in 5th the top four were all assured of 6-figure returns on their entry.

Italy’s Gianluca Speranza, runner-up in the 2017 WSOP Europe for $800k, bagged 4th place yesterday – a $104,125 cash his biggest of the year, and Eelis Pärssinen ensured Finland would be on the podium yet again with a 3rd place worth $148,750.

That left Kahle Burns to tackle Dutch pro Luuk Gieles heads-up with almost $½million on the line and the highstakes Aussie crusher emerged victorious, lifting a Poker Masters title and $291,550, with Gieles’ excellent run worth $208,250.

Gieles was running deep again in the $10k buy-in, 6-max version that followed, eventually finishing 9th out of 94 entrants and pocketing another $30k or so for a fine day’s work at the tables.

Highstakes semi-amateur Talal 'Raidalot' Shakerchi also made the money, although Ben Heath this time found himself in the unfortunate role of bubbleboy.

The top end of the tournament was a who’s who of the highstakes world, with one exception – Justin Bonomo, Chris 'BigHuni' Hunichen, Jorryt van Hoof, Michael Addamo and…Yahia Fahmy.

Fahmy, under the Cyprus flag, is an unknown to this writer - and the internet as well it seems - but he fought his way to 4th place in illustrious company, taking $82,250 for his efforts.

Hunichen and Addamo made it to the heads-up match and it was another title for Australia – this time under a UK flag – as Addamo took it down for $294,037, with Big Huni having to be content with the $183,300 runner-up prize.

Today’s double-header sees $10k 6-max on the schedule, one PLO and one NLHE, and we’ll bring you a roundup of the action tomorrow.


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