Stephen Chidwick Wins British Poker Open £25k PLO for £202,500

Englands Stephen Chidwick opened his account at the British Poker Open in London yesterday with victory in the £25k PLO event, the £202,500 win launching him into second spot in the overall standings.

By: Andrew Burnett

The 7th event in the 10-tournament series produced only 15 entries, a prizepool of £375,000 to be shared among the top three, four players returning for the final day and led by Sam Soverel.

With two runner-up spots and a win already, Soverel was perhaps a fairly firm favourite to add another title to his resume, but George Wolff, who had won the first of the PLO events was a definite danger.

Ben Tollerene and Chidwick were the others who had survived day one, the likes of Scotland’s Ludovic Geilich, Cary Katz and Jens Kyllonen falling towards the end of the day’s play.

Tollerene was the unlucky player to miss out on the cash, his run ended by Wolff and leaving the same trio who had taken the podium spots in the earlier PLO tournament.

Soverel’s hopes were also dashed by Wolff, a fantastic hero call and then an unlucky runout across two hands sending the American to the rail.

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Wolff was gradually ground down by Chidwick, the final hand seeing him asking the Englishman to “End my misery!” and Chidwick duly delivered.

Chidwick: A♣ 8♦ 7♥ 4♣
Wolff: Q♥ 9♣ 5♣ 3♣
Board: 3♠ 7♣ 10♦ 10♥ 8♥

Final Table Results:

1 Stephen Chidwick £202,500
2 George Wolff £112,500
3 Sam Soverel £60,000

Chidwick’s £202,500 cash launched him into second spot behind Soverel in the overall standings, Wolff in 3rd with the number of cashes in brackets below.

1 Sam Soverel (4) 580 £561,200
2 Stephen Chidwick (4) 420 £343,500
3 George Wolff (2) 340 £232,500
4 Sam Greenwood (2) 260 £147,200
5 Robert Flink (2) 240 £108,800
6 Sergi Reixach 200 £253,000
7 Elio Fox (2) 200 £157,000
8 Paul Newey 200 £156,400
9 Luc Greenwood 200 £119,600
10 Rainer Kempe 140 £196,600



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