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UK & Ireland Sunday Briefing: Huge Double Victory For Chidwick

Stephen Chidwick

Stephen Chidwick may not play as much online poker as he once did but the British superstar proved he can still rub shoulders with the best of them by taking down a brace of High Roller Club events at partypoker on July 5.

Chidwick’s first victory came in the $5,200 buy-in The Big Game, which paid out $866,370 among its top 24 finishers. Chidwick found himself heads-up against UK-based Belgian Thomas Boivin and he got the job done to bank the $191,727 top prize. Boivin padded his bankroll with the $137,752 consolation prize.

Victory was made all the more sweeter by the fact the final table was ridiculously stacked. Check out the official payouts below to see what we mean.

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Stephen ChidwickMexico$191,727
2Thomas BoivinUnited Kingdom$137,752
3Mike WatsonCanada$100,498
4Rok GostisaSlovenia$71,908
5Christian JeppssonSweden$50,249
6Mark RadojaCanada$38,986
7Rainer KempeUnited Kingdom$30,322
8Rodrigo SirichukBrazil$23,825

Chidwick’s second victory came in the $10,300 Mix-Max 2nd Chance and weighed in at $176,000. Ireland’s Mark Davies burst the money bubble when he fell in seventh-place. Chidwick made amends for our readers by eventually defeating Dan Shak of Poker Central fame heads-up. Shak, playing from Poland, won $112,615.

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Team partypoker’s Patrick “Patrick_Leonard” Leonard also found himself in the winner’s circle. Leonard came out on top of a 486-strong field in the $320 Big Gladiator and saw his initial investment turn into a combined $22,433.

We also had a brace of big runner-up finishes. Sam Grafton finished second in the Mini Big Game $200K Gtd and won a cool $39,559. Dusk Till Dawn owner Rob Yong finished second in the $25,500 buy-in High Roller Club Main Event and walked away with a massive $251,750.


GGPoker proved to be a happy hunting ground for our players, especially Ireland’s “GrvyB04t” who is using the same alias Ludovic Geilich is famous for. The Irish grinder won $66,968 after a heads-up deal.

Another Irish player, “DrRoche” reached the final table of the $1,000 High Rollers PLO Main Event. Their tournament ended in fifth-place, a finish that saw $9,272 prize head their way.

“ExoticJoe”, also of Ireland, finished eighth in the $1,000 High Rollers Main Event and netted themselves $7,543

Ireland kept up their awesome form in the $210 buy-in Bounty Hunters Main Event. “michael79” was part of a three-handed deal that saw them crowned champion and scoop a combined prize worth a cool $64,745.

Lastly, for GGPoker at least, a shout-out to Dean “Stakattak” Clay who banked $8,993 for his seventh-place finish in the GGMasters $500K Gtd. According to his Facebook page, this was Clay’s first time playing at GGPoker!

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There must have been something in the water in Ireland on July 5 because Irishman Gary “GaryT20” Thompson won a brace of events at PokerStars.

The first win came in the $215 Sunday Warm-Up and resulted in a $24,329 score. Thompson was joined on the final table by British star Rick “ThEcLaiMEer” Trigg who busted in fifth for $6,747. Thompson also won the Bigger $215 for an additional $5,462 with Tyler “wonderboy222” Goatcher falling in sixth for a $1,225 score.

Some of the other notable scores included:

  • Luke “Bit2Easy” Reeves – seventh-place in the $5,200 High Roller for $23,598
  • Jon “luckyfish” Clark – sixth-place in the $530 Stadium Series Heat 2 PKO for $16,523
  • Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford – ninth-place in the $5,200 High Roller for $15,153
  • “pokerniall95” – fourth-place in the $1,050 Sunday Supersonic for $11,425
  • “tjsbarton” – third-place in the $109 Sunday Kickoff for $7,077
  • “com 157” – fifth-place in the $215 Bounty Builder for $5,656*
  • Luke “Bit2Easy” Reeves – fourth-place in the $530 Sunday Marathon for $5,050
  • “ehdonthinkso” – second-place in the Hotter $162 PKO for $4,644*
  • Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser – first-place in the $215 NLO8 Sunday Supersonic for $4,480
  • “beldin1232” – fifth-place in the $109 Sunday Kickoff for $3,727
  • Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford – seventh-place in the $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up for $3,327
  • “readaBet” – second-place in the Bigger $109 for $2,664
  • Luke “Bit2Easy” Reeves – eighth-place in the $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up for $2,490
  • “readaBet” – seventh-place in the Bigger $109 for $2,326
  • “Mixed Hogie” – third-place in the $109 Sunday Starter for $1,984

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