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2019 WSOP: Event #45: Stephen Chidwick wins very First Gold Bracelet and $1.6M at $25,000 PLO High Roller

Tags: 2019 WSOP, James Chen, Stephen Chidwick.
Posted on 24 June 2019 by "T".

On June 22 (Saturday), a British poker pro was able to snag his very first gold bracelet after winning Event #45 of the 2019 WSOP.

2019 WSOP Event #45: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller

Buy-in: $25,000
Date: June 19 to June 22, 2019
Entries: 278
Prize pool: $6,602,500

Stephen Chidwick outlasted a player field of 278 to take home the prize money worth $1,618,417.

Born in Deal, Kent, England, the 30-year-old Chidwick previously spent two weeks with his wife and 2-month-old daughter in Paris and then arrived in the eve of Day 1 of this event and entered at the very last minute in the first break of Day 2.

He said, "It is super ironic. Usually I play like every single tournament. I play a final table, bust and then register a $1,500 Stud immediately. Now I come here halfway through and haven't played any of the other tournaments, and win the first one I play. That's pretty funny."

Even though he had cashed in from different poker variants such as pot-limit Omaha, Chidwick does not regard it as the game he specializes in, "I don't think PLO is necessarily one of my stronger games, but I felt really happy how I played and everything went my way, I had a lot of fun."

Final Table Action
Chidwick began the final day with seven players left. He's already used to this, given that he had reached 13 final tables and had deep runs in the past, "I worked pretty hard to keep constantly getting better. I don't think that the success I had over the last couple of years is proportional to how much better I am playing. The cards are falling my way in some of the big spots and that's kind of what it takes to win tournaments."

Chidwick's golden opportunity was when he faced off against Alex Epstein and defeated him. Chidwick said, "That one propelled me to nearly half of the chips in play and that was an important pot for sure. I thought a flush draw was possible, he could have a hand kinda similar to mine like ace-jack-ten-nine type of thing. Obviously, he can have some strong hands that I am in bad shape against too, but I thought with all the money in the pot already I had the right price to call."

As Epstein exited the table in 5th place, Chidwick never let go of his chip lead position and it only took over an hour for him to finally make his dream of winning a golden bracelet come true.

Chidwick said, "I try really hard to detach the bracelet and everything around it. I have been here many times and I had a lot of heartbreak over the years, too. So I am just trying to put that as much out of my mind as possible. I guess I didn't really start to think that until the big aces hand that I won that left him [James Chen] with ten big blinds."

The final hand of the event was between Stephen Chidwick and James Chen.


Chen was actually on the quest for his maiden WSOP bracelet as well and he's seeking for the first for his home country of Taiwan. Chen would have to settle for the runner-up finish this time with still a hefty cash prize of over $1 million. He will try his luck next at the upcoming Event #52: $10,000 PLO Championship.

After Chidwick won, he said, "It means a lot, it feels great. It is obviously a great one to do it in and I am in shock, a little bit. I had so many people supporting me for the last 10 years since I have been grinding so hard to win a bracelet and I know I have a lot of people in my corner that are really happy for me and that means a lot."

He may not be focusing entirely on the usual grind this summer, "I kind of play it by ear, see how my wife and baby are doing and prioritize them. I love playing tournaments, so I am sure you will see me playing more but I have no plans to play everything."

This is Chidwick's very first golden bracelet in the WSOP and it's just his 53rd recorded cash in his poker career. He now has $24,749,230 in total live earnings and is currently ranked no. 1 in the All-Time Money List from England, according to The Hendon Mob.

2019 WSOP Event #45: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller - Final Table Results

 

Player

Country

Prize (USD)

1

Stephen Chidwick

UK

$1,618,417

2

James Chen

Taiwan

$1,000,253

3

Matthew Gonzales

USA

$699,364

4

Robert Mizrachi

USA

$497,112

5

Alex Epstein

USA

$359,320

6

Erik Seidel

USA

$264,186

7

Wasim Korkis

USA

$197,637

8

Ka Kwan Lau

Spain

$150,483

Source:
http://www.wsop.com/news/2019/Jun/11062/STEPHEN-CHIDWICK-WINS-FIRST-WSOP-GOLD-BRACELET-IN-25K-PLO.html

 


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12 comments for "2019 WSOP: Event #45: Stephen Chidwick wins very First Gold Bracelet and $1.6M at $25,000 PLO High Roller"

 Mober24/06/2019 11:12:47 GMT
Playing omaha is always a good experience, playing and winning that much,
is even better Smile
With only 26k buy in, the total winnings was 1.6 millions
A nice win of course.
And the winners list once more, is almost filled with usa players.
 CALICUL24/06/2019 14:18:34 GMT
This game was more special. 278 players means something at a buy in of 25,000 dollars. It's not even Holdem. Is something more particular and this game proves he is very loved. I know of this player. I've seen him a few times and i congratulate him for his first bracelet.

 bowie198424/06/2019 19:35:06 GMT
Posted by Mober:
With only 26k buy in, the total winnings was 1.6 millions
A nice win of course.
And the winners list once more, is almost filled with usa players.

Yeah, that is what caught my eye as well - they really outdid themselves this year on omaha.
 pajalnick24/06/2019 22:05:21 GMT
Well, here's another gold bracelet winner .... the number of gold bracelet winners is more and more .... in addition a wonderful prize of 1.6 million dollars .... very cool .... the game of Omaha is quite interesting but for me it is not quite clear ..... probably because I rarely played it and always preferred hold'em
 bowie198425/06/2019 21:12:13 GMT
Posted by pajalnick:
... the game of Omaha is quite interesting but for me it is not quite clear ..... probably because I rarely played it and always preferred hold'em

You should start to play sometime in the future, it's significantly higher in variance than hold'em but at the same time this is what makes it more fun. Learning what are the right opening hands from every position is an art by itself, especially on Pot-Limit-Omaha.
 pajalnick25/06/2019 22:40:21 GMT
Posted by bowie1984:
Posted by pajalnick:
... the game of Omaha is quite interesting but for me it is not quite clear ..... probably because I rarely played it and always preferred hold'em

You should start to play sometime in the future, it's significantly higher in variance than hold'em but at the same time this is what makes it more fun. Learning what are the right opening hands from every position is an art by itself, especially on Pot-Limit-Omaha.

I'm trying to play different games, but the opportunity for this is far from everywhere .... the best option for this is svc Poker .... there are freerolls for various types of poker .... Today I played badusi and Omaha ... .a also tournaments are held there in almost all types of poker that exist
 copyyy2k25/06/2019 23:24:45 GMT
Damn winning 1,618,417 must be life changing.
Congratulations on his WIN hopefully we'll see him again in the future.|
Omaha is great i play it from time to time , you must be really good to perform well in it , still prefer Hold'Em.
 bowie198426/06/2019 21:59:03 GMT
Posted by pajalnick:
I'm trying to play different games, but the opportunity for this is far from everywhere .... the best option for this is svc Poker .... there are freerolls for various types of poker .... Today I played badusi and Omaha ... .a also tournaments are held there in almost all types of poker that exist

I've yet to see frequent omaha freerolls anywhere, back in the day when I started to play there were some on the old Microgaming Network but it was still enough to hook me in for life. I just love Omaha.
 pajalnick26/06/2019 23:02:00 GMT
Posted by bowie1984:
Posted by pajalnick:
I'm trying to play different games, but the opportunity for this is far from everywhere .... the best option for this is svc Poker .... there are freerolls for various types of poker .... Today I played badusi and Omaha ... .a also tournaments are held there in almost all types of poker that exist

I've yet to see frequent omaha freerolls anywhere, back in the day when I started to play there were some on the old Microgaming Network but it was still enough to hook me in for life. I just love Omaha.

Well, I wrote to you at what poker room you can periodically play freerolls in various poker games .... almost all the games that exist in the poker world are represented .... it is quite interesting and informative .... so maybe you should sign up on this site .... at least for practice in the game various poker games
 bowie198429/06/2019 17:48:55 GMT
Posted by pajalnick:
... it is quite interesting and informative .... so maybe you should sign up on this site .... at least for practice in the game various poker games

I am too old to jump on every new network or pokersite opening up, I am not hunting bonuses etc. i am fine with where I play now.
 pajalnick30/06/2019 06:28:20 GMT
Posted by bowie1984:
Posted by pajalnick:
... it is quite interesting and informative .... so maybe you should sign up on this site .... at least for practice in the game various poker games

I am too old to jump on every new network or pokersite opening up, I am not hunting bonuses etc. i am fine with where I play now.

it is clear that there are already established and familiar poker rooms which you have been playing for many years and you don’t expect any surprises from them .... And each new poker room is something new that destroys the foundations on which your world stands .... but sometimes something new is useful
 CALICUL30/06/2019 10:04:32 GMT
Stephen Chidwick is a very good player and now his talent was rewarded. The dream of the players is to earn money and then bracelets. After that is to won a place in Hall of Poker Fame. There is nothing wrong with this and is very good to win.

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