Adam Friedman Becomes First Player Ever To Win The Same WSOP Event 3 Times In A Row

By Craig Klinski
July 7, 2022
Adam Friedman WSOP

Adam Friedman WSOP

Adam Friedman wins a WSOP bracelet and accomplishes something that no player in the history of the World Series of Poker has done. Meanwhile, Michael Addamo holds a dominating position in the $50,000 High Roller with just five left.

We take a look at these big WSOP stories and more in Thursday’s edition of our report.

Adam Friedman wins $10k Dealer’s Choice for 3rd straight year

Adam Friedman has done the near-impossible and won the same event for three consecutive years after coming out on top of the $10,000 Dealer’s Choice on Wednesday night. The feat marks the first time a player has ever won the same event for three years in a row. And he did it by defeating a red hot Phil Hellmuth heads-up ($153,493), who was vying for his 17th bracelet just days after his 16th bracelet.

For his win, Friedman wins his 4th WSOP bracelet overall and a $248,350 first place prize. In addition to defeating Hellmuth, Friedman went through a field of 93 entries including Jake Schwartz ($107,861), Carol Fuchs ($77,437), Mike Matusow ($56,826), Andrew Kelsall ($42,646), Matt Glantz ($32,746) and Mike Gorodinsky ($25,741).

In post-match comments, Friedman said he was very aware of the rarity of the feat of winning the same event three times in a row.. “I just wanted to have a shot to be able to do something that no one else has done in the 53-year history of the World Series and to do it in this event is pretty fantastic. Once people play the dealer’s choice, they always keep coming back.”

Ongoing action

Can Michael Addamo win another?

After dominating the live tournament poker world in September, Michael Addamo is on pace to add a bracelet to his resume as well. After two days of play, Addamo finds himself with a big lead in the $50,000 Super High Roller No Limit Hold’em. A total of 81 players entered the event with just five of those remaining.

Following Addamo in the chip counts is some stiff competition in Justin Bonomo, Erik Seidel, Gal Yifrach and Chris Hunichen, each vying for at least $266,031 in guaranteed prizes with $1,132,968 set for 1st place. Day 3 will get underway at 4 PM PT and will be streamed live on PokerGo.

Addamo is on an epic hot streak of late, having won the final two events of the Poker Masters, which secured the 2021 Purple Jacket. He followed that up with a win at the Super High Roller VI later in the month.

58 left in the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha

Day 2 of the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha is in the books with 587 players remaining down from a field of 821. Josh Arieh holds the chip lead with notables such as Ari Engel, Craig Varnell, Ben Yu still alive seeking the bracelet and a $204,766 prize for first place.

Qinghai Pan leads $10,000 HORSE

Qinghai Pan holds the chip lead in the $10,000 HORSE after Day 1, where 139 entries joined the tournament. A total of 71 survived the day with Scott Seiver, Andrew Yeh, Randy Ohel and David Benyamine sitting in the top of the chip counts. Action will get resume for Day 2 at 2 PM PT on Thursday.

Upcoming events

The WSOP schedule introduces two new events on Thursday. First up will be Event #41, the $2,500 Freezeout No LImit Hold’em beginning at 11 AM PT. This will be followed by the $1,500 Razz getting underway at 3 PM PT.

Watch the WSOP

On Thursday, PokerGo will broadcast the final table of the $50,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller, with coverage starting at 8 PM ET. Poker fans will be able to watch through a PokerGo subscription, available for $14.99 per month or $99 per year.

Sights and sounds from the WSOP

Daniel Negreanu reports in from the $10,000 Dealer’s Choice, where he is joined by Phil Hellmuth and Mike Matusow and hoping to pick up yet another bracelet.

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