Stephen Chidwick Wins Australian Poker Open – Michael Addamo Wins $100k Main Event

Stephen Chidwick Wins Australian Poker Open – Michael Addamo Wins $100k Main Event

The Australian Poker Open is a wrap and Stephen Chidwick is its inaugural champion while Michael Addamo took down the $100,000 Main Event to close out the series. Addamo collected $1,288,000 for this win today while Chidwick, who finished fourth for $280,000, brought his total for the series to $949,000 on top of which he’ll receive the $50,000 Championship prize.


“It feels great,” Chidwick said with a big smile after securing the Australian Poker Open Championship.

“I would love to complete the collection, get the whole set,” Chidwick joked, referring to his U.S. Poker Open title and setting his sights on the British Poker Open where he finished second in 2019.

“Hopefully these style of events continue because I think it’s a bit more of an achievable accolade to win a multiple of or, over time, determine who the best player is rather than looking at a single tournament. Obviously there’s a lot of luck involved in this too, but over the course of seven, eight, or ten events you’re going to see the better players win more often and it would be fun to see who can collect the most titles like this.”

The Star Gold Coast COO Jessica Mellor congratulated Stephen Chidwick for winning the Australian Poker Open.

“Along with poker fans on the Gold Coast and right across the country, I want to congratulate both Stephen Chidwick and Michael Addamo for providing us with some incredible entertainment throughout this event, and earning these impressive wins,” Ms Mellor said.

“The poker that we are witnessing is at another level to what we’ve experienced since we opened our state-of-the-art poker facility last year – and we can’t wait to see more thrilling moments as these tournaments continue.

“The Star Gold Coast is home to some of Australia’s biggest and most sought after events and we are proud to add these global poker tournaments to our list.”

Australian Poker Open Event #7 Results

1Michael AddamoUnited States$1,288,000350
2Aaron Van BlarcumUnited States$784,000245
3Alex FoxenUnited States$448,000175
4Stephen ChidwickUnited Kingdom$280,000140


The final day of the Australian Poker Open started with the tensest money bubble in recent history as the Championship was on the line for Stephen Chidwick. More than an hour went by, despite the shallow stacks, before it was Kahle Burns who busted in fifth place to give Chidwick the championship and the $50,000 top prize.

Burns got very unlucky to hit the rail as – at the moment of his elimination – he wasn’t the shortest stack, it was Chidwick. Burns, however, found two kings and moved all in after chip leader Michael Addamo had raised. Addamo made the quick call with queen-eight of spade and the flop immediately brought two eight to give him trips. Burns shook his head and sighed as this marked the end of his run in this event.

With the Championship locked up, Chidwick had a big comeback to mount for a chance to win this event as well. That, however, did not work out as Aaron Van Blarcum sent him to the rail with queen-jack of clubs versus the Brit’s ace-king.

Alex Foxen, the current No.1 on the Global Poker Index just one spot ahead of Chidwick, was next to bust out at the hands of Van Blarcum. Van Blarcum called Foxen’s shove with ace-four of spades and was up against king-queen of clubs. Van Blarcums’s hand held up and he found himself heads up against Addamo.

Addamo, holding a big chip lead throughout the final table, was never in trouble one bit. On the final hand, Addamo flopped a flush draw against Van Blarcum’s middle pair, and the turn immediately brought what the Aussie was looking for.

“It was a pretty smooth ride, I was pretty fortunate,” Addamo said after securing yet another big win as his meteoric rise in poker continues.

Addamo was recently nominated by his peers for the title “Toughest Opponent” at the Global Poker Awards, which will be announced live on PokerGO on March 6th, and was grateful to be among the final four that also includes Chidwick, Ali Imsirovic, and Kahle Burns.

“That’s what you want to be as a poker player, the most feared player, I try to put people in tough spots.”

Looking back on his entire week at Star Gold Coast, Addamo has nothing but positive thoughts on both his performance and the venue. Addamo became the first Australian to win an Australian Poker Open event, finishing with the highest total cash earnings in this series and the third-highest points total.

“This week was fantastic. I am very impressive, and it was my first time in the poker room here. The staff is fantastic, and I had a great time.”

2020 Australian Poker Open Championship Standings (final)

1Stephen ChidwickUnited Kingdom$949,000650
2Andras NemethHungary$534,100630
3Michael AddamoAustralia$1,685,500560
4Mike WatsonCanada$241,500450
5Luc GreenwoodCanada$717,700360
6Farid JattinColombia$360,500360
7Joni JouhkimainenFinland$231,500330
8Aaron Van BlarcumUnited States$857,500305
9Timothy AdamsCanada$416,500300
10Erik SeidelUnited States$284,300270
11David ‘Chino’ RheemUnited States$257,250240
12Orpen KisacikogluTurkey$157,000210
13Michael O’GradyAustralia$118,000210
14Najeem AjezAustralia$93,600210
15Alex FoxenUnited States$506,000165
16Andy LeeAustralia$183,750150
17Seth DaviesUnited States$176,250150
18George WolffUnited States$116,000150
19Benjamin ShannonAustralia$82,600150
20Steve O’DwyerIreland$122,500120
21Jorryt van HoofNetherlands$94,00090
22Jamie LeeUnited States$47,20090
23Sean WinterUnited States$34,40090
24Matthias EibingerAustria$58,75060
25Elio FoxUnited States$29,50060
26Ben LambUnited States$23,60060

High stakes live poker coverage continues on Poker Central on Saturday with Day 1 of Super High Roller Bowl AustraliaPokerGO coverage of this event is also available starting at midnight ET/9:00 pm PT.

About The Star Gold Coast

Since its inception in 1985, The Star Gold Coast has become the coastal city’s most iconic tourism and entertainment destination and today welcomes around 3.5 million visitors a year through its doors. Owned and operated by The Star Entertainment Group, the property has continued to evolve significantly since embarking on an extraordinary transformation, and has become home to some of the nation’s biggest events including the first World Poker Tour in Australia. Along with its consortium partners, the company is currently building a $400 million, 53-storey first mixed-use tower at The Star Gold Coast, which will bring the internationally-acclaimed Dorsett hotel brand to Australia for the first time when it opens around 2022. Further, the partners have approval for an additional $2 billion-plus masterplan for The Star Gold Coast, which includes an additional four towers and resort amenities.

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