Stephen Chidwick Australian Poker Open Champion


Stephen Chidwick has won the Australian Poker Open at the Star Gold Coast after more than a week of High Roller action. The British player now has more than US$34 million in lifetime earnings, with his victory earlier this week in Event #5: A$25,000 No-Limit Hold’em enough to see him overtake American David Peters in the all-time money list. He cements his status as the all-time winningest European in poker history, now almost US$2 million clear of Fedor Holz.

It was a nail-biting race to the Australian Poker Open title, with first Mike Watson and then Andras Nemeth sitting atop the leaderboard after recording victories in the first half of the festival. Chidwick’s victory in Event #5: A$25,000 No-Limit Hold’em for A$399,500 saw him become the third different player to top the leaderboard, only for Nemeth to retake the lead after cashing in Event #6. It all came down to the A$100,000 Main Event, where Chidwick picked up his third cash of the festival. This was enough to overtake the Hungarian and claim the $50,000 Championship prize.

“Obviously there’s a lot of luck involved in this too,” said Chidwick. “But over the course of seven, eight, or ten events you’re going to see the better players win more often and it would be fun to see who can collect the most titles like this.”

Position Player Country Prize Money Cashes Points
1 Stephen Chidwick United Kingdom A$949,000 3 650
2 Andras Nemeth Hungary A$534,100 4 630
3 Michael Addamo Australia A$1,685,500 4 560
4 Mike Watson Canada A$241,500 2 450
5 Luc Greenwood Canada A$717,700 2 360
6 Farid Jattin Colombia A$360,500 2 360

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