When you're hot... you're hot. Stephen Chidwick first made a name for himself at the virtual table playing under the moniker Stevie444. He went on sick heaters like the time he won 8,457 WSOP Main Event satellites and 420 PCA packages. Okay, that's a gross exaggeration… but you get the point... Chidwick was an online wunderkind at the height of the online poker boom in the 00s. Chidwick crushed tables as a teenager and he's busted some heads in brick and mortar rooms in a dozen countries. Chidwick is the second-most successful tournament player in Great Britain. He passed $10 million in live tournament winnings last year and he's closing in on $11M. Didn't matter if it was online or live, Chidwick was a force to be reckoned with.
At the 2018 U.S. Poker Open hosted at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas, Chidwick obliterated the field with early $811K in winnings through four events with three final tables and three cashes. Oh, and I buried the lead here... Chidwick won consecutive events at the U.S. Poker Open defeating some of the premier players in the world. Yeah, just call him Back-to-Back Stevie! Chidwick took down the $25K NL High Roller on Monday and then binked the $25K Mixed Game Championship on Tuesday. Two wins in two days. Not too shabby, eh?
The third event at the U.S. Poker Open was the $25K NL High Roller, which attracted another shark-infested field of 44 players. No slouches there, eh. Only the top 7 places were paid out of the $1.1M prize pool. The final table included Seth Davies, Brent Hanks, Jake Schindler, Daniel Negreanu, and Keith Tilson. Nick Schulman bubbled the final table in seventh place. Kid Poker went deep, but his run ended in third place. Chadwick beat Keith Tilson heads-up for the win. Chidwick banked $374K for his first win.
Chidwick was a late reg for the $25K Mixed Game because he was preoccupied winning the $25K NL High Roller. Chidwick's run good continued and spilled into the next tournament. Event #4 $25K Mixed Game Championship consisted of 45 runners for a total prize pool worth $1,125,000. Only the top 7 places were paid out. Daniel Negreanu bubbled the Mixed final table in seventh place. Chidwick bested a final table that included Phil Hellmuth, Dan Shak, Benjamin Pollak, Ike Haxton, and Chris Vitch. Hellmuth was the first player to exit, followed by gold commodities trader guru Dan Shak in fifth place. French pro Benjamin Pollak had a sensational run come to an abrupt halt when he was dunzo in fourth place. Newly-minted member of Team partypoker, Ike Haxton, settled on a third-place finish. Chris Vitch could not stop the red-hot Chidwick. For a runner-up score, Vitch earned $247,500. When the dust settled, Chidwick had notched his first victory at the U.S. Poker Open. First place in the Mixed Game Championship paid out $382,500.
2018 U.S. Poker Open
- Event #4 $25K Mixed Game Championship
Prize Pool: $1,125,000
$25K Mixed - Final Table Results:
1. Stephen Chidwick $382,500
2. Chris Vitch $247,500
3. Isaac Haxton $167,750
4. Benjamin Pollak $112,500
5. Dan Shak $90,000
6. Phil Hellmuth $67,500
- Event #3 $25K NL High Roller
Prize Pool: $1,100,000
$25K High Roller - Final Table Results:
1. Stephen Chidwick $374,000
2. Keith Tilson $242,000
3. Daniel Negreanu $165,000
4. Jake Schindler $110,000
5. Brent Hanks $88,000
6. Seth Davies $66,000
Over the weekend, Justin Bonomo won the first U.S. Poker Open event. ZeeJustin binked Event #1 $10K NL Hold'em. His final table included Sam Soverel, Stephen Chidwick, Justin Young, David Peters, and Pierre Nadim. Justin Bonomo edged out Nadim heads-up to win $190,400. Chidwick finished in fifth place for a $54,400 payout.
American pro Mike Gorodinsky took down Event #2 $10K PLO. Gorodinsky outlasted 64 entries and won $179K. Goro picked off Richard Kirsch heads-up for his victory. German pro Rainer Kempe finished in third and Tony Zinno took fourth. Andjelko Andrejevic was dunzo in fifth place, while Cary Katz cashed in sixth place.
Event #5 $10K NL is down to its final table. They got 167 runners and first place wins $167K. Jake Schindler is the big stack with six to go. Among those lucky souls who made the final table… Ben Tollerene, Kristina Holst, Ryan Riess, Rodger Johnson, and Cary Katz.
You can stream all U.S. Poker Open final tables via PokerGo (subscription service). Event #5 final table starts approximately 4pm ET or 1pm PT local time at the Aria Casino.