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Christopher Philippou Wins Triton Mediterranean Poker Party $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Event

The Cyprus Resident Overcame A Field of 32 Entries To Earn $270,000


Hometown hero Christopher Philippou took down the 2022 Triton Mediterranean Poker Party $25,000 buy-in pot-limit Omaha event, defeating a field of 32 entries to earn the title and the top prize of $270,000. The native of Cyprus, the host nation of this high-stakes series, overcame a tough final table to secure a career-high score.

This event was held alongside the high-profile $200,000 buy-in invitational, the marquee tournament of the 13-event series. As a result, it was not live streamed and blogged like the rest of the festival has been so far. While this means we cannot report exactly how the final table played out, we can pass along that a number of big names made it down to the money.

Nine-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Erik Seidel was the first eliminated after the bubble burst. The 62-year-old Poker Hall of Fame member earned $56,000 and 112 Card Player Player of the Year points for his 11th final-table finish of the year. With 3,944 total points and nearly $3.1 million in year-to-date POY earnings, Seidel has climbed into 15th place in the 2022 POY race sponsored by Global Poker.

Seidel was not the only top POY contender to make this final table, though. Current points leader and 2019 POY award winner Stephen Chidwick added to his lead with a fourth-place showing ($92,000 and 168 POY points).

Chidwick now has 6,177 total points, good for a 1,454-point lead over second-ranked Chris Brewer (4,723 points). The 33-year-old poker pro from Deal, England has made 23 final tables this year, winning five titles and cashing for nearly $6 million in POY earnings along the way. He also earned 55 PokerGO Tour points in this event, extending his advantage on that leaderboard also.

British hedge fund manager Talal Shakerchi finished as the runner-up in this event, earning $190,000 for his strong showing. This came just a few days after Shakerchi placed fifth in the $75,000 buy-in event at this series for $510,000. He now has just shy of $9 million in lifetime poker tournament earnings to his name despite not being a professional player.

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

Place Player Earnings POY Points PGT Points
1 Christopher Philippou $270,000 336 162
2 Talal Shakerchi $190,000 280 114
3 Yuriy Anisimov $120,000 224 72
4 Stephen Chidwick $92,000 168 55
5 Gregoire Auzoux $72,000 140 43
6 Erik Seidel $56,000 112 34

Winner photo credit: Joe Giron / Triton Poker.