Petrangelo Wins the Super High Roller in Melbourne

The cards were unkind to Nick Petrangelo a single time in 2016 when he managed to barely sneak into the top thousand, taking home what to Nick was a paltry $15,000 from an event. Petrangelo could only muster an 888th place finish in the $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event Championship. This was the only event that he did not deal his way into the top 100 last year.

In fact, Petrangelo fell out of the top 10 only four times in the 16 major events he participated. He barely missed top-10 money at the No Limit Hold'em table, for a small tournament in Monte Carlo last May. The momentum started to build for Petrangelo when he finished the 2015 circuit with a million dollar payday at the WPT Alpha8 – No Limit Hold'em High Roller Elite tournament. He started out 2016 with a series of top 10's until he slipped to the 40th spot in Dublin Ireland on Valentine's Day 2016.

Putting the February disappointment behind him, in the next three tournaments Nick finished third and fourth, adding a No Limit Hold'em win at the Seminole Hard Rock Café in Hollywood. All total Petrangelo pocketed over $300,000 in winnings during that April event. Petrangelo built upon his successful run in South Florida, picking up another 1st place finish in Barcelona in mid-August. Finishing with his 3rd overall first place at another No Limit Hold'em in Prague, he banked well over a million dollars in winnings during the last half of 2016.

In the same fashion that he rode the wave of momentum out of 2015 with a solid January, Petrangelo is following the same model in 2017. He kicked off the year with a second place finish in the Bahamas Poker Stars Championship on Paradise Island that pocketed nearly three-quarters of a million dollars. Then came Melbourne.

Nick opened up the weekend with his second top-10 finish of the New Year, winning over $100,000 in the $25,000 No Limit Hold'em Challenge. In Sunday's early event, he fell off his game slightly, but still took home over $10,000 with a top-100 finish. The final event of the Aussie Millions was the No Limit Hold'em $100,000 Super High Roller Challenge where Petrangelo out dueled Canada's Michael Watson to win the top prize.

All total, Petrangelo walked away with over three-quarters of a million dollars in Melbourne, sending him over a million and half in earnings already in 2017. Players who earn the right to sit across the table from Petrangelo may quickly discover why he is currently the #1 poker player in the world, according to the Global Poker Index Rating.