Stephen Chidwick Wins the €25K Single-Day High Roller in Barcelona
Recently married Stephen Chidwick added yet another title to his list of poker accomplishments by taking down the €25,500 Single-Day High Roller event at the PokerStars Championship Barcelona.
After attracting a field of 112 entries, the tournament took 14 hours from start to finish and ended with Chidwick being presented with the winner’s trophy and a cool €690,400. The huge score is Chidwick’s largest live cash, eclipsing the €378,000 he won by finishing third in the 2013 European Poker Tour Prague Main Event, and takes his live tournament winnings past the $8.8 million mark.
|1||Stephen Chidwick||United Kingdom||€690,400|
|2||Bryn Kenney||United States||€466,500|
|4||Isaac Haxton||United States||€251,100|
|6||Jan Eric Schwippert||Germany||€159,700|
Thanks to a 30-second shot clock being in place and relatively short blind levels, the action was fast-paced and saw several big name players fall by the wayside in quick succession. The likes of Daniel Dvoress, Jean-Noel Thorel, Mustapha Kanit, Ben Tollerene, Igor Kurganov and Benjamin Pollak al bust well before the money places.
The money bubble burst when Imad Derwiche committed his stack with pocket sixes and Adrian Mateos looked him up with a pair of deuces, before spiking a third deuce on the river to send Derwiche home in 18th place and lock up at least €43,080 for the surviving players.
One by one the players bust and the official eight-handed final table was eventually set when Sergi Reixach’s short-stacked shove with king-ten lost to Isaac Haxton’s pair of sevens.
Vladimir Troyanovskiy was the first casualty of the final table and a short while later, Mateos joined him on the sidelines courtesy of Igor Yaroshevskyy, who also eliminated Jan Eric Schwippert in sixth-place.
China’s Quan Zhou bust at the hands of Chidwick to leave only four players in the hunt for the title and he was joined at the cashier’s cage by the dangerous Haxton who was outdrawn by Yaroshevskyy on the flop.
Yaroshevskyy held the majority of the chips in play with only three players remaining yet he was still the third-place finisher. Chidwick doubled through the Ukrainian twice before Bryn Kenney followed suit. Chidwick dealt the fatal blow when his ace-king improved to a pair of kings on the flop to beat the dominated ace-ten of Yaroshevskyy.
The heads-up battle between Chidwick and Kenney didn’t last long despite there being 93 big blinds in play. The final hand saw Kenney move all in with a pair of three, Chidwick call with pocket eight and a board full of bricks sent Kenney home in second place and crowned Chidwick the €25,500 Single-Day High Roller champion.