Vanessa Kade has had to endure a bit of a rollercoaster in the past several months, often dealing with stuff that had nothing to do her actual poker play. How satisfying it must have been this past week when she was able to concentrate on the action on the felt. As it turned out, it wasn’t only satisfying, it was quite lucrative.
Kade defeated a field of over 45,000 players who coughed up a $215 buy-in each to win PokerStars Sunday Million event. The online event ended up with a total of over 67,000 entries when rebuys were factored into the equation.
As a result, Kade cleaned up with the victory to the tune of over $1.5 million in purse, a real money poker career-best for her.
Kade’s Big Win
It was no easy journey for Kade, as she battled her way to the final table only to sit seventh of nine in chips out of the final group. After two quick outs, she found herself last of seven, seemingly with little chance of any more than a minor award.
But she quickly began to surge, with some key double-ups and savvy play catching the bluffs of others spurring her progress up the leaderboard.
Kade had previously held an affiliate relationship with GGPoker but recently lost that deal.
Many in the industry speculated that the severing of the relationship had something to do with the fact that she had criticized GGPoker’s courting of Dan Bilzerian, a controversy magnet whose treatment of women had caused many in poker to question the site’s willingness to associate with him.
Whatever the case, Kade wasn’t a free agent for long.
Kade quickly hooked up with America’s Cardroom, an up-and-coming site that had recently signed on Chris Moneymaker as an ambassador. You could argue that the publicity surrounding this dustup had overshadowed Kade’s talents as a player.
But that massive win in one of her first appearances for the Americas Cardroom team should put to bed a lot of that and allow her to really begin to soar in the industry.
Fourth Time’s Not the Charm
Michael Addamo, an Australian pro, is as accomplished as they come in the game, with a list of major tournaments wins impressively long. But most pros will often bemoan the ones that got away. As a result, Addamo is probably still stewing about the loss he just suffered in GGPoker’s most recent Super Millions event.
He was the chip leader in the event, and nothing that he did as the final table was whittled down seemed to indicate that anybody would even have a chance of knocking him off.
Addamo played an aggressive poker style and knocked off the large bulk of the final table. His chip lead grew to a five to one edge as he got to the final head-to-head battle against Yuri Dzivielevski.
Dzivielevski laid low at the final table to that point, rarely getting too involved in any big hands as he moved from sixth at the start of play.
Dzivielevski’s stack was tiny as he got to three-handed play, and it looked like he’d have to settle for the show, in horse racing terms.
But he snuck into head-to-head action and took off from there like he was playing possum all along. Addamo’s lead got chopped up in impressive fashion by the upstart.
Incredibly, Dzivielevski came all the way back and upended Addamo for the title. His purse for the win was a substantial $408,406. For Addamo, it was a difficult loss, and there will be probably many more wins in his ledger before he completely forgets this heartbreaker.
The Kid vs. The Brat
After a little bit of a breather, head-to-head Hold’em fever in the poker world is ready to heat up again. This Wednesday is the tentative start date for the battle between Daniel “Kid Poker” Negreanu and Phil “Poker Brat” Hellmuth.
The pair will be meeting for $100,000 to start as part of the High Stakes Duel format at PokerGo. It’s a format that allows for rematches and perhaps even buy-ins from other players if one of the top two participants bows out.
But most poker fans would probably prefer that the Kid and the Brat stay with it right to the bitter end.
To recap, this contest was spurred by Hellmuth’s comments about Negreanu’s play as he took on Doug Polk in a head-to-head battle.
Even though Negreanu was a big underdog due to Polk’s familiarity with the format (and most observers agreed that he did well even in defeat), Negreanu’s play engendered some social media criticism from Hellmuth who, ironically enough, had bet on Negreanu to win.
That led to Negreanu throwing out a challenge that was quickly answered in he affirmative by the Brat.
Even though Negreanu is the favorite because of the experience he gained against Polk, Hellmuth only last year dominated Antonio Esfandiari in a High Stakes Duel to the tune of a 400-grand score.
One thing that is for certain as the two get ready to battle is that it should be an entertaining duel. These guys will likely be stirring it up right from the get-go, with the war of words being as important as the war on felt.