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Stephen Chidwick Wins His First World Series of Poker Gold Bracelet

British Poker Pro Tops Field of 278 Entries In The 2019 $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller To Earn $1,618,417

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Stephen Chidwick was recently voted the best poker player in the world right by a group of over 60 of his peers in the high-stakes tournament scene. Despite having accumulated over $23 million in career tournament earnings heading into the 2019 World Series of Poker, the Chidwick had yet to win his title at the series. He had come close many times, notching 13 WSOP final-table finishes over his career.

Now, the 30-year-old from Deal, England can finally remove his name from the dreaded ‘best without a bracelet’ list. Chidwick overcame a field of 278 entries to win the 2019 WSOP $25,000 pot-limit Omaha high roller, securing his first gold bracelet and the massive top prize of $1,618,417.

After years of grinding every tournament he could play during the summer, Chidwick skipped much of the first half of the WSOP following the birth of his first child in the spring. He managed to emerge victorious with the title in the first event he played at this year’s series.

“It’s super ironic. Usually, I play every single tournament. Usually, I play a final table, bust and then register a $1,500 Stud immediately. Just like, play everything. I come in here halfway through, haven’t played any of the others and then just win the first one I play. Pretty funny,” said Chidwick after coming out on top. “It means a lot. It feels great. It’s obviously a good one to win it in. I’m in shock a little bit.”

In addition to the bracelet and the money, Chidwick was also awarded 1,512 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win. It was his third title and ninth final-table finish of the year. As a result, he has climbed into third place in the 2019 POY race, which is sponsored by Global Poker.

Eight-time bracelet winner Erik SeidelChidwick entered the final table as the chip leader with seven players remaining in this event. James Chen began with the third shortest stack, but got off to a great start by eliminating eight-time WSOP bracelet winner Erik Seidel in sixth place ($264,186). He then ran a multi-street bluff against Robert Mizrachi to climb even further up the leaderboard.

Chidwick regained control of the table by eliminating recent $10,000 short deck champion Alex Epstein in fifth place ($359,320). Epstein got his last chips in with the nut spade flush draw against Chidwick’s pair of aces and nut diamond flush draw. Chidwick’s pair ended up being enough to secure the pot and eliminate Epstein.

Four-time bracelet winner Robert Mizrachi was the next to hit the rail. He got his last chips in preflop with AHeart SuitQHeart SuitQDiamond Suit3Spade Suit and was called by Chidwick, Chen and Matthew Gonzales. The flop came down ASpade Suit2Spade Suit2Club Suit and the three players in the side pot checked. The JSpade Suit saw Chidwick bet 600,000 and Gonzales folded. Chen called and the 3Club Suit completed the board. Chidwick bet 1,000,000 and Chen folded. Mizrachi revealed his queens, but his hand was second best to Chidiwck’s KClub SuitQSpade SuitJHeart Suit5Spade Suit. With that, Mizrachi was knocked out in fourth place, earning $497,112 for his latest deep run at the WSOP.

James ChenChidwick kept his knockout streak alive by busting Matthew Gonzales in third place. The two got all the chips in on a KDiamond Suit7Diamond Suit4Spade Suit flop, with Gonzales holding 9Diamond Suit6Diamond Suit5Club Suit4Club Suit for a pair, flush draw and straight draw. Chidwick held KSpade Suit8Heart Suit5Spade Suit2Diamond Suit for top pair, a gutshot and backdoor spades. The turn was the JSpade Suit and the river the QSpade Suit, completing Chidiwck’s backdoor flush draw to eliminate Gonzales in third ($699,364).

Chidwick took 25,300,000 into heads-up play against James Chen, who sat with 16,400,000. Chidwick extended his lead a bit before winning a massive hand with top set of aces to take a dominant advantage. Shortly after that Chen got all-in on a KHeart Suit7Heart Suit6Diamond Suit flop. Chidwick checked and Chen bet 800,000. Chidwick check-raised all-in and Chen called with the ADiamond SuitQSpade Suit8Heart Suit8Diamond Suit. He was in rough shape against the KClub SuitQDiamond Suit7Diamond Suit6Spade Suit of Chidwick, The 10Club Suit turn and 2Diamond Suit river were no help, and Chen was sent to the rail in second place. He earned $1,000,253 as the runner-up finisher.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Winnings (USD) POY Points
1 Stephen Chidwick $1,618,417 1512
2 James Chen $1,000,253 1260
3 Matthew Gonzales $699,364 1008
4 Robert Mizrachi $497,112 756
5 Alex Epstein $359,320 630
6 Erik Seidel $264,186 504
7 Wasim Korkis $197,637 378
8 Ka Kwan Lau $150,483 252

For more coverage from the summer series, check out the 2019 WSOP landing page, complete with a full schedule, results, news, player interviews, and event recaps.