Stephen Chidwick Wins First WSOP Bracelet And Highest Payout So Far At 2019 WSOP
Stephen Chidwick got tagged as the best poker player in the world without a WSOP bracelet. That reputation will no longer be precede him as the British poker pro finally won his first gold bracelet in Event #45: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller at the 2019 World Series of Poker (WSOP).
It was a long time coming for him given that he had a record of 52 cashes and 13 final tables to show for his efforts over the years at the WSOP. This time around, Chidwick outlasted a record 275-entry field, and finished off Taiwan’s James Chen heads-up to capture the top prize of $1,618,417.
The event, which awarded the highest payout thus far at the WSOP this summer, reached a massive prize pool of $6,602,500, with the top 42 players receiving a portion of the prize money.
Hard Work Pays Off
Chidwick first came close to WSOP victory back in 2011 when he placed fourth in the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em Championship, earning $198,927. Since then, the poker pro from Deal, England never gave up on his WSOP dream and continued to make several deep runs and in the money finishes over the years. He has also won some of the other top poker tournaments such as the US Poker Open, the World Poker Tour, the European Poker Tour, and the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series.
All of these wins came with many ups and downs and bad runs, but the British player remained steadfast in his goal to remove the only scar on his resume – zero WSOP bracelets won. He wiped that blemish off his resume over the weekend and is keen on winning his second WSOP bracelet before the 50th anniversary is over.
Chidwick has no plans to rest on his laurels. In fact, he is looking forward to the WSOP Main Event and the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. He will also take part in some high roller events at ARIA for the rest of the summer. Chidwick did not show up at the start of the 2019 WSOP as he spent the previous two weeks with his wife and newborn daughter in Paris. He showed up in Vegas on Day 1 of the $25K PLO event.
The first two casualties of the final table were Ka Kwan Lau (8th, $150,483), and Wasim Korkis (7th, $197,637), followed by eight-time WSOP winner Erik Seidel who settled for sixth place, winning $264,186.
The action started to go in Chidwick’s favor after he eliminated fellow maiden bracelet winner Alex Epstein, earning him a crucial pot. Epstein left the final table in fifth place for $359,320. The next player to hit the rail was four-time WSOP champ Robert Mizrachi, who finished fourth earning $497,112, in what would become his latest deep run at the WSOP. Matthew Gonzales later busted in third place, marking his seventh WSOP cash and second final table this summer. He took home $699,364.
A heads-up battle then ensued between Chidwick and Chen, with the former holding the chip lead. At some point during the game, Chen was able to close the gap, but his hopes were crushed when Chidwick won a massive hand with top set of aces. Shortly after that, Chen ended his bid for his first WSOP bracelet, but he still received a massive payday of $1,000,253.
Family First For Chidwick
Chidwick was on the hunt for the elusive WSOP bracelet for 10 long years but it evaded him. He did not quit and his efforts paid off at the 2019 WSOP. The British poker pro credits his strong support system as a key to him being able to stay strong throughout his poker career. While Chidwick was very happy to win his WSOP bracelet, he played down the accomplishment by saying his biggest accomplishment is becoming a father.
While Chidwick loves the usual grind, it won’t be the case this year as his main priority is his wife and new born daughter. He has decided to be a lot more selective with the games he plays as he wants to spend more time with his family.
Following his latest win, Chidwick’s total tournament earnings jumped to $24,749,230. He now sits at No. 17 on the all-time money list, a feat he achieved from years of striving to become better and staying on top of his game. He is ranked number one on England’s All Time Money list.
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