Stevie444 is hot hot hot. It takes a lot to impress this jaded vet, but right now, I'm in awe of Stephen "Stevie444" Chidwick. The British pro has been obliterating the balls-to-the-wall competition at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas. The U.S. Poker Open events are not puff fields. Chidwick locked up player of the series at the 2018 U.S. Poker Open after a runner-up finish in Event #7. Yeah, the entire series is still going on and no one can catch Stevie444, who is still alive in the Main Event with 13 runners remaining. When you're hot... you're hot!
Last night, Chidwick finished in second place in Event #7 $25K NL. David Peters somehow managed to prevent Chidwick for winning his third title since Monday. With the runner-up finish and a $262K score, Chidwick essentially sealed the deal on player of the series. Overall, he banked over $1.2M for a week's worth of work. Holy apeshit, Batman!
Earlier this week at the Aria, Chidwick won back-to-back events at the U.S. Poker Open. He took down Event #3 and Event #4. Through the first four events, Chidwick made three final tables and won $811K. Probably the biggest news this week in Las Vegas was that Chidwick did NOT cash in Event #5 of the U.S. Poker Open. Chidwick bounced back in Event #6 and finished in third place before his run good continued with a second-place score in Event #7.
Oh, in case you were wondering, Chidwick final tabled Event #1 and cashed in fifth place, but he whiffed in Event #2. Through 7 events, Chidwick made five final tables with five cashes and two wins. If you want to throw in Event #8, Chidwick has cashed in six events.
In Event #5, Stephen Chidwick decided to let someone else win an event at the U.S. Poker Open. Ben Tollerene had a come-from-behind victory to win Event #5. His first-place booty was worth $187,600. Tollerene picked off Jake Schindler heads-up for the title. Tollerene woke up with Aces, which held up against Schnidler's Queen-nine suited. Despite the runner-up finish for Schindler, he rocketed to second overall in the U.S. Poker Open leaderboard. It was doubtful that anyone could catch Chidwick with two wins, but Schindler was the closest in contention.
U.S. Poker Open - Event #5 $10K NL
French pro Benjamin Pollak binked Event #6. Someone Pollak managed to keep Chidwick out of the winner's circle. Pollak defeated American pro Jason Koon heads-up for the win. Pollak earned $416,500 for first place and he jumped ahead of Jake Schindler for second overall. However, Pollak was still waaaaaaaaay behind Chidwick, who posted another deep run and another final table appearance. Through six events, Chidwick won two and made four final tables. Daniel Negreanu bubbled off the final table, but he cashed in seventh place. Elijah Berg was the first player to bust at the final table, followed by Brian Green in fifth and Ike Haxton in fourth.
U.S. Poker Open - Event #6 $25K NL
Event #7 $25K NL attracted 50 runners for the penultimate event. Ike Haxton cashed in 8th place. Matt Hyman bubbled the final table with a seventh-place finish. Daniel Negreanu advanced to another final table, but he could only muster up a sixth-place score worth $75K. Ben Tollerene made things interesting with another final table appearance. Alas, he couldn't win multiple events like Chidwick. Tollerene busted in fifth place. Keith Tilson had a good showing in fourth. Sean Winter was dunzo in third place.
David Peters defeated Chidwick heads-up for the win. Peters banked $400K, while Chidwick walked away with $262K. That marked his fifth cash in seven events. Overall, Chidwick's scorecard looks like this... 1-1-2-3-5. As ElkY would say, "So sick."
U.S. Poker Open - Event #7 $25K NL
Going into Saturday, only 13 players remain in Event #8 $50K Main Event Championship. First place pays out $660K. Stephen Chidwick is among those still in the hunt. Can he win a third crown? Or will someone else prevent another epic run from the red-hot Stevie444? Brian Rast is the chip leader. Also still alive... Benjamin Pollak, Ben Tollerene, Keith Tilston, Daniel Negreanu, Jake Schindler, Adrian Mateos, Cary Catz, Dan Smith, ZeeJustin, and Tom Marchese.