The Australian Poker Open Championship winner is established after seven tournaments, and is the British poker star Stephen Chidwick. In the final event, Gambling won the Australian Poker Open $100,000-entry Main Event for a huge $1,318,000.
But Stephen Chidwick’s points saw him reach the promised land, overtaking Hungarian player Andras Nemeth and winning the Championship overall, cashing for a total of over one million Australian dollars, including a $50,000 bonus prize to top the leaderboard.
The final day of the Australian Poker Open’s Main Event began with a bubble of money on which the title of the overall championship stood. Chidwick needed to finish in the top four to make the money and, more importantly, the championship points. He did so for those with short stacks after an agonising hour of play, but a thrilling one for fans tuning for coverage into PokerGO.
It would be Australia’s own crusher, Kahle Burns, who bust in fifth place to hand out the APO Championship title to Chidwick and that top prize of $50,000.
Burns went all – in with pocket kings, and was named by Michael Addamo, the original raiser in the hand, who held the queen-eight spades. The flop saw two eight landings and no support on turn and river for Burns meant the field was at four and the money bubble burst, Burns shaking his head in disbelief, Chidwick proclaimed Champion in the same breathless moment.
It would be Chidwick who left next, as the Brit went all-in with ace-king, short-stacked, only to be called and removed by Aaron Van Blarcum, who sent Chidwick home with pocket sixes.
Only three players left, Alex Foxen would miss out on the final duel with the GPI Player of the Year, his shove with a king-queen of clubs, the all – in player again named by Van Blarcum, who had ace-four of spades.
While Van Blarcum had forced himself back into the reckoning, Addamo held the chip lead and never gave up, eventually turning a flush against Van Blarcum’s middle pair when committed on the flop.
Addamo, who is fighting to win the title of Toughest Opponent in the glittering awards ceremony of the Global Poker Awards in a month’s time against Chidwick, told Poker Central after the fun event he had in winning the Main Event on home soil.
“That’s what you want to be as a poker player, [to be] the most feared player,” he said, “This week was fantastic. It was my first time in the poker room here. The staff are fantastic and I had a great time.”
Stephen Chidwick was clearly pleased to have secured the Championship overall. “It feels great,” he told reporters, “I’d love to complete the collection and get the whole set!”
Australian Poker Championship Event #7 Main Event results:
|2nd||Aaron Von Blarcum||$784,000||245|
Stephen Chidwick’s 16th final table appearance at 35 Poker Open events has earned him the Australian Poker Open Series Championship title after seven exciting tournaments. Just 20 points separated the most successful player in Britain from Andras Nemeth, of Hungary.
Australian Poker Open Series Championship results:
|1st||Stephen Chidwick||United Kingdom||$949,000||650|
|8th||Aaron Van Blarcum||United States||$857,500||305|
|10th||Erik Seidel||United States||$284,300||270|