Ship it to Stevie Chidwick! It seems like just yesterday when Chidwick was a teenager and crushing online WSOP satellites before he could even legally play live poker in Las Vegas. Almost two decades later, Chidwick won over $52.8 million in live tournaments and rocketed to the top of England's all-time money list.
How dominant has Chidwick been? Second place on England's money list is Sam Trickett with $21.7 million, and Ben Heath is third with $18.2 million. Chidwick won nearly $13 million more than second and third place combined.
The 2023 Poker Masters played out at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas. The show must go on! And even though MGM was embroiled in the latest hack, which messed up all MGM-owned properties in Sin City including Aria, the Poker Masters played on.
Chidwick hacked live poker years ago, so it's fitting that he was the one pro who got to slide on the coveted Purple Jacket as the 2023 Poker Master Champion.
Chidwick won Poker Masters Event #8 $25,000 NL for a score worth $400,000. He faded a field of 50 entrants, and edged out Sam Soverel heads up to win his first event at this year's Poker Masters. The final eight included some serious high rollers including Alex Foxen, Chris Brewer, Darren Elias, Chino Rheem, Ike Haxton, and Jason Koon.
Chidwick cashed in three other events at the Poker Masters including Event #6 $10K NL, Event #9 $25K NL, and Event #10 $50K NL. He took third place in Event #9 and nearly missed winning a second title when he took second place in Event #10.
Jared Jaffe picked off Chidwick heads up to win the finale. Chidwick banked $504K for a runner-up finish. Not too shabby, eh? The $50K final table also included Alex Foxen, Brian Kim, Chino Rheem, and Nick Petrangelo.
If you include the $50K bonus for topping the leaderboard, Chidwick won over $1,159,000 during the Poker Masters.
Chidwick earned 688 points to secure the #1 spot on the 2023 Poker Masters leaderboard. He was among the lucky seven players who cashed at least four times at the Aria.
Vladas Tamasauskas won two events and cashed three times, but he compiled only 506 total points. It was good enough for second place, but he was 183 points shy of passing Chidwick for first place.
Chino Rheem was running good at the Aria, and the SoCal pro won one event and cashed five times for $602K. Chino finished in third place on the leader board with 487 points.
Alex Foxen did not win any events but he cashed five times and finished in fourth in points with 460.
Jonathan Jaffee's victory and deep run in the finale propelled him to fifth place with 454 points.
Those players rounding out the top 10 on the leaderboard included Andrew Lichtenberger, Ren Lin, Darren Elias, Justin Bonomo, and Bran Kim.