Timothy Adams wins Australian Poker Open $25k for A$416,500

Canadian highstakes crusher Timothy Adams added the Australian Poker Open $25k NLHE title to his resume, defeating Englands Stephen Chidwick heads-up to land a A$416,500 (US$282,386) payday…

By: Andrew Burnett

With 49 entries and a total prizepool of almost A$1¼million – equating to US$830,548 – seven players would make the money, and it was Peter Jetten who missed out, Chidwick’s turned flush sending away off empty-handed.

David 'Chino' Rheem was the last to fall on day one, a second 7th place cash for the controversial Californian who picked up A$61,250 for the deep run.

The remaining half dozen returned the following day to settle the destination of the title, with Australian Andy Lee the chip leader and surrounded by the cream of the highroller crop.

Chidwick, Steve O’Dwyer, Adams, Orpen Kisacikoglu and Aaron van Blarcum all had eyes on the top prize, extending their ‘Down Under’ opener to 2020 that started with the Aussie Millions over the past fortnight.

Lee was far from outclassed among his illustrious tablemates, though, knocking O’Dwyer out in 4th, but eventually succumbing to a rivered flush that left him in 3rd place, worth A$183,750 (US$124,582).

That left the two giants of the highroller game – Adams and Chidwick – heads-up, and it didn’t last long, the final hand below:

♦ ♥ ♣ ♠

Adams: 7♣ 7♦
Chidwick: A♠ 5♣
Board: 3♠ K♥ 6♣ 3♣ 5♦

Adams told reporters after his victory: “This final table was really tough with all guys I’m used to playing against".

He added: “At the high stakes you play mainly against all the same players and those guys are all really great and I’m very happy that I won. To win a tournament a lot of things have to go your way and today that happened to me.”

Final results

1 Timothy Adams A$416,500
2 Stephen Chidwick $269,500
3 Andy Lee $183,750
4 Steve O’Dwyer $122,500
5 Orpen Kisacikoglu $98,000
6 Aaron Van Blarcum $73,500
7 Chino Rheem $61,250



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