Stephen Chidwick Wins Us Poker Open $25k Nlhe – Negreanu 3rd

Stephen Chidwick Wins Us Poker Open $25k Nlhe - Negreanu 3rd

UK pro Stephen “stevie444” Chidwick has taken pole position after three events in the inaugural US Poker Open after topping a 44 strong field in event #3 $25,000 NLHE for $374,000. Overnight leaders Keith Tilston and Daniel Negreanu finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Winning the event took a great turnaround from the British pro after his stack was reduced from 519k to just 171k of the 5.5m in play within 8 hands of the start of the day, leaving him with considerably less than half the chips of the 2nd shortest stack at the six man final table.

The first man eliminated from the final table was Seth Davies on the 35th hand. Davies’s limp from the small blind was met with a raise to 70k from Tilston in the big blind. Davies responded by jamming for 815k holding {7-Spades}{7-Hearts} and was eventually called by Tilston who revealed {a-Spades}{10-Clubs}. A flop of {a-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{2-Clubs} gave Tilston top two pair and it proved enough to send Davies to the rail in 6th to collect his $66k prize money.

Chidwick began to make his move up the table during 5-handed play. First he doubled through Tilston and then he eliminated the new short-stack Brett Hanks. Chidwick shoved with {2-Hearts}{2-Clubs} in the small blind and Hanks called off his last 250k with {a-Diamonds}{j-Hearts} in the big blind. A blank board meant a 5th place finish worth $88,000 for Hanks as Chidwick pushed on to 745k.

Despite dropping back down to just 320k in the following orbit, Chidwick hit his stride soon after, winning several pots including a +900k chip pot against Daniel Negreanu which sent Negreanu briefly down to short-stack status.

Over the next 40 minutes Jake Schindler’s stack began to deplete and, down to just 295k he open shoved from the button with{J-Spades}{10-Clubs}, only for Chidwick to wake up in the big blind with {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}. The board bricked and Schindler left in 4th, good for $110,000.

Three-handed play lastest for an hour an a half with Chidwick and Tilston swapping the lead throughout, while Negreanu, not far behind with a seven-figure stack was still very much in contention. However, Negreanu eventually perished when he shoved from the big blind for just over 1m chips after Tilston’s preflop button raise. Negreanu could only muster {K-Hearts}{8-Hearts} to Tilston’s {A-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}, and once an ace peeled on the flop Negreanu’s goose was cooked. He left in third place for $165,000.

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Heads-up play started with both players virtually even in chips and the battle lasted two and a half hours, with the lead changing hands on numerous occasions. The turning point seemed to come after Chidwick managed to survive after calling all-in on the turn well behind before hitting a miracle river. Tillston had put Chidwick all-in on a {J-Spades}{8-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}{7-Spades} board. Chidwick, holding {9-Hearts}{9-Clubs} made the call only to see his opponent turn over {Q-Spades}{7-Diamonds} for two pairs. It looked like the end of the tournament until the {9-Diamonds} not only saved the English pro but also sent him into the chip lead.

Soon after Chidwick won a huge 3m chip pot after making the nut flush with {A-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} against Tilston’s {Q-Clubs}{Q-Spades} on a {3-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} flop. Chidwick successfully slow-played his hand as his opponent bet 300k on the flop and another 800k on the river. When Chidwick raised all-in on the river a reluctant Tilston folded his hand, leaving him just 570k behind.

With blinds up to 50k/100k with a 100k ante Tilston had little option but to shove his next hand. His {k-Spades}{9-Clubs} was in trouble against Chidwick’s {a-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} and the {6-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{Q-Spades}{Q-Clubs} board offered him no help. Tilston received $242,000 for finishing runner-up, while Chidwick took the title and the $374,000 first place prize money. After winning $54,400 for his 5th place finish in the $10k PLO event Chidwick moved into the overall lead so far in the US Poker Open.

Final Results: Event 3 US Poker Open – $25,000 NLHE

Place Player Country Prize (USD)
1st Stephen Chidwick United Kingdom $374,000
2nd Keith Tilston United States $242,000
3rd Daniel Negreanu Canada $165,000
4th Jake Schindler United States $110,000
5th Brent Hanks United States $88,000
6th Seth Davies United States $66,000
7th Nick Schulman United States $55,000