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Poker Masters: Stephen Chidwick Wins Event #7: $10K NLHE For $183,600

Stephen Chidwick
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  • Namita Ghosh September 15, 2021
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High-stakes MTT crusher Stephen Chidwick (cover image) had placed third in Event #6: $10K 8-Game at the 2021 Poker Masters and redeemed himself after that near-miss by taking down the very next event, Event #7: $10K NLHE. Chidwick outran the 68-player field and carried his final table chip lead all the way to the finish line to win $183,600.

Chidwick is one of the most consistent high-stakes winners and ranks seventh on poker’s all-time money list. The poker legend boasts of a colossal $36 Million in live tournament winnings. This was Chidwick’s ninth final table appearance at the PokerGO Tour this year and added to his third-place finish in Event #6, has moved up to #5 in the Poker Masters leaderboard with 232 points.

Talking to reporters after the event, Chidwick said, “It feels great. I always feel like when I’m coming into a series like this that I’m one of the favorites to string together some big results and win the jacket. To get off the mark the past couple of days and put myself in contention, I guess it’s a bit of a relief heading into the higher stakes portion of the series to be able to be within striking distance.”

He added, “I spend a lot of time in between days and in the run-up to series like this trying to prepare as best as I can. Especially for this kind of series when there’s a tournament every single day for 10-plus days and if you’re doing well, you’re playing 10, 11, or 12 hours in a day. I still try and find the time when I’m done to review spots or look at streams or other things to prepare for the next day.”

The 12-event series has crossed the mid-way stage, and Event #6 champion Daniel Negreanu (281 points) continues to be the frontrunner in the race for the Purple Jacket. Sean Perry (280 points and Brock Wilson (272 points) are in hot pursuit.

Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Stephen Chidwick – 2,950,000
  2. Dylan DeStefano – 1,970,000
  3. Ap Louis Garza – 1,940,000
  4. Dan Smith – 1,020,000
  5. Brekstyn Schutten – 620,000


Final Table Recap

Day 1 played down to five players, each of them locking up $54,500 from the $680,000 prize pool.

Dan Smith was the first one out on Day 2 after his pocket eights couldn`t find any help against Chidwick’s cowboys.

Brek Schutten fell out soon after that, his ace-king getting unlucky against Ap Louis Garza’s ace-seven.

AP Louis Garza hit the rail in third place. He jammed with ace-seven only to get looked up by Dylan DeStefano’s ace-jack. The community cards couldn`t bail him out this time as DeStefano`s jack-kicker kept his ahead all through, sending Garza packing in third place.

The heads-up had Chidwick starting with a 5.68 Million stack vs. Dylan DeStefano’s 2.82 Million, and the former scored a convincing victory. On the final hand, Chidwick jammed his pocket kings on the river. DeStefano, who held queen-ten, had flopped a queen pair and couldn`t fold, eventually finishing runner-up.

Stephen Chidwick
Stephen Chidwick


Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Stephen Chidwick – $183,600
  2. Dylan DeStefano – $136,000
  3. AP Louis Garza – $88,400
  4. Brekstyn Schutten – $68,000
  5. Dan Smith – $54,400


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