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British Poker Open: Stephen Chidwick Ships £25K PLO For £202,500

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  • Namita Ghosh September 10, 2019

Only 15 players turned up to play the £25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha at the 2019 British Poker Open (BPO). Though it was Sam Soverel who’d come into the final day as the chip leader, it was the 2018 U.S. Poker Open champion, Stephen Chidwick (cover image), who eventually walked away with the title!

Chidwick was the only player from the U.K. on the U.S-dominated final table. After Soverel’s elimination in third place, Chidwick tangled with George Wolff heads-up. It wasn’t a smooth ride for the Brit who went short-stacked several times. Despite the odds, he prevailed and ultimately defeated Wolff. With the title win, Chidwick who earned £202,500 for his efforts is now the only player in history to have won both a USPO and a BPO title!

A prize pool of £375,000 was generated at the event.

Joni Joukimainen, Cary Katz, Anson Tsang, Jens Kyllonen, and Ben Tollerene were among the notables who had joined the action but failed in their efforts to make it to Day 2.

Only four players would bag up for the night, and after Ludovic Geilich`s sixth place elimination, it was Anson Tsang who bubbled the final table after hitting the rail in fifth place.

Coming into the final table, it was Soverel, who was responsible for the elimination of Tsang, leading the pack with 849,000, with George Wolff (650,000) and Chidwick (650,000) on his trail.

Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Sam Soverel – 849,000
  2. George Wolff – 650,000
  3. Stephen Chidwick – 618,000
  4. Ben Tollerene – 133,000


Final Table Recap

Early on, the shortest stack Ben Tollerene scored a double-up but that didn’t help him sail past the money line. Several hands later, Tollerene was eliminated in fourth place after his all-in shove found a caller in George Wolff who flopped a pair of queens to make a set dominating Tollerene’s two-pair of queens and treys.

The very next hand saw the start-of-day chip leader Sam Soverel who had lost a massive pot to Wolff hit the rail in third place. Soverel clashed with Wolff over two back-to-back hands, and after losing the first, he moved all-in pre-flop for 145,000 in what turned out to be his last hand of the tournament. Wolff made the call leading to the showdown.

Sam Soverel

George Wolff

It was a close match, but the runout saw Wolff surge ahead on the turn, eliminating Soverel in third place.

Heads-up, George Wolff started off with 1,601,000 in chips, holding a two-to-one lead over Chidwick’s 649,000. A long duel played out, and Chidwick was on the brink of elimination in the first few hands. He then took over, but Wolff wasn’t willing to relent either, and the back-and-forth continued. After two hours of intense play, Wolff moved all-in with and was called by Chidwick who tabled . “End my mistery,” Wolff laughed. He was still behind Chidwick through the flop, and after the turn he needed a queen, nine or trey to survive. The river brought the instead, eliminating Wolff in second place while declaring Chidwick the champion.

Stephen Chidwick takes down £25K PLO
Stephen Chidwick takes down £25K PLO

Final Table Results (GBP)

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

Content & Images Courtesy: Poker Central & PokerNews

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