Stephen Chidwick added to his glowing reputation as one of the best poker players in the world last night when he won Event #29 of the World Championship Of Online Poker at PokerStars.
Event #29 was of course the $320 buy-in Pot Limit Badugi tournament, a format that is not overly popular yet still attracted a crowd of 279 players. The mathematicians among you will have worked out these 279 players created a prize pool of $83,700
The top 40 players found themselves in the money with the likes of Benjamin “MagicDeal” Pollak (OK, he’s French but lives in London), “MintTrav” making some money for their efforts.
Our man Chidwick brushed aside Germany’s “nilsef” heads-up to claim the $16,321.58 first place prize and the coveted WCOOP bracelet.
Shortly after taking down Event #29, Chidwick updated his Facebook status to, “Won a WCOOP bracelet in the inaugural pot limit badugi event...back on the leaderboard chase again, who needs days off.”
The leader board that Chidwick refers to is the WCOOP leader board created by PokerStars. Players earn leader board points based on their finishing position in WCOOP events, and thanks to his 180 point haul, Chidwick finds himself in fourth place and only 40 points away from the number one spot.
Whoever tops the leader board at the end of the WCOOP receives the WCOOP Player of the Series Trophy, a 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure package, 2014 TCOOP Main Event ticket, a 2014 SCOOP Main Event ticket and a 2014 WCOOP Main Event ticket! No wonder Chidwick is not taking any days off!
Chidwick has the perfect chance to accumulate more leader board points and a vast sum of money when he takes to the felt later today in Event #30. Replacing the Super Tuesday, Event #30 is a $1,050 No Limit Hold’em two-day tournament. Of the 1,644 entrants, only 96 made it through to Day 2, and Chidwick is in the thick of it with 117,984 chips with the average stack being 128,437.
Other Brits still in with a chance of winning the $275,370 first place prize include “Reraisallin” (257,074 chips), “5typesofmeat” (220,677), recent EPT Barcelona champion and all round sicko Tom “hitthehole” Middleton (189,897), Ryan “MOCH CHOCA89” O’Donnell (178,214), David “davidv1213” Vamplew (155,005), Ross “RLOG” Loggie (136,900) and Sebastian “Bassysaffari” Saffari (104,435).
Good luck to Chidwick and of course to all other British and Irish players in the WCOOP tonight and for the rest of the series.