Stephen Chidwick Chases Championship Trophy After 2nd US Poker Open Win

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Stephen Chidwick Chases Championship Trophy After 2nd US Poker Open Win
07 Feb


England’s Stephen Chidwick stakes his claim for the overall US Poker Open title after taking down his second consecutive event, adding $382,500 for taking down the $25,000 Mixed Event yesterday to the $374,000 he won on Monday in the $25K No Limit event – with a $54,400 5th place in the opening $10K NLHE thrown in for good measure.

Chidwick’s great run saw him enter the mixed event late and he found himself facing the likes of Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu and Isaac ‘Ike’ Haxton who were among the 45 entries for the High Roller 8-Game tournament, with a delighted Chidwick stating at the end of a long event:

“I really enjoyed the atmosphere, it was a very fun experience.”

Daniel Negreanu has been much in the news, as always, with his sights set on the overall title at the US Poker Open – the Canadian’s hopes looking up after his 3rd place behind Chidwick on Monday and hitting the money again yesterday…

…but he would be first to hit the rail, and on the final table bubble, at the hands of one-time PokerStars colleague Ike Haxton.

He would be followed by erstwhile legend Phil Hellmuth, coming into the final table short-stacked and losing out to high stakes limit and triple draw expert Chris ‘DeathDonkey’ Vitch after his stud flush failed to hit on the river. Hellmuth stated afterwards:

"I'm playing so good right now, it's a pleasure to be at this level.”

When Dan Shak and Benjamin Pollak fell shortly afterwards, the high-class field was down to three; Haxton, Vitch and Chidwick set to battle it out for over 3 hours with the best part of $800,000 at stake.

Haxton’s tilt at the title came up short when he took one hit too many, a Stud 8 hand going Chidwick’s way to leave him on the verge of back-to-back victories, and although Vitch manages a couple of double-ups when in trouble, he couldn’t stave off the inevitable and Chidwick  was the winner once again, telling reporters:

"I'm just running on caffeine and adrenaline right now”, before adding, “I'm pretty happy how I played today."

Final table results:

1Stephen Chidwick
2Chris Vitch
3Isaac Haxton
4Benjamin Pollak
5Dan Shak
6Phil Hellmuth
7Daniel Negreanu

Chidwick’s second big win leaves him way out in front in the overall leaderboard race…

Current 2018 US Poker Open standings

1Stephen Chidwick
2Chris Vitch
3Keith Tilston
4Daniel Negreanu
5Justin Bonomo

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Andrew from Edinburgh, Scotland, is a professional journalist, international-titled chess master, and avid poker player.Read more


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