Stephen Chidwick Wins Second 2019 USPO Event; Now Leads USPO Race

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Stephen Chidwick continues to dominate the US Poker Open, picking up his second win of the series on Tuesday. (Drew Amato / Poker Central)

It’s getting to the point where Stephen Chidwick winning a U.S. Poker Open event isn’t news. Tuesday night in Las Vegas the British poker pro picked up his fourth career USPO title, beating Cary Katz heads up to win Event #6, the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha event.

It’s his second USPO win in 2019 giving him two wins in each year the tournament series has existed. Chidwick, who won the USPO title last season, now leads the overall standings this year with just four events remaining.

Chidwick started Tuesday’s final table with the chip lead and, along with Anthony Zinno, was one of just two players with a seven-figure stack. While Chidwick continued to build early, Zinno was less fortunate. After a little more than an hour of play, Zinno was down to just 365,000 and found himself tangling with Katz. Chidwick raised to 90,000 and Katz called before Zinno moved all in from the button. Chidwick folded and Katz called, tabling QcJcTh5c. Zinno was ahead with AcAsJh6s. The 8s4s3c flop was a relatively safe one for Zinno. The 2c turn gave Katz a flush draw which came in on the 7c river to eliminate Zinno in sixth place.

Chidwick then put his big stack to work 20 minutes to send Sean Rafael to the rail. Chidwick opened to 90,000 before Rafael made it 290,000. Chidwick called and the two players saw a 9d6c6d flop. Rafael bet 155,000 all in and Chidwick called. Rafael tabled AcJcJdTs but Chidwick showed Tc7s6s3c for trips. Neither the 3h turn or Qh river were any help and Rafael was out in fifth.

Katz then picked up another elimination just 30 minutes later. Katz limped his button, Ben Lamb completed from the small blind and Tom Marchese checked his option. The As8s5c flop got Lamb bet pot. Marchese folded but Katz repotted and Lamb called all in. Katz turned over AcJh9h8d while Lamb was drawing with Kh9d7h6s. The 5h turn was no help for Lamb and after the 8h river failed to complete his draw, Lamb was eliminated in fourth place.

Marchese actually started the day as the shortest stack but managed to outlast three other players before meeting his fate. Katz completed from the button and Marchese raised to 240,000 from the small blind. Chidwick folded and Katz called. After the Jc9c4c flop, Marchese bet 600,000 and Katz responded by repotting and Marchese called his last 240,000. Marchese tabled QcQhJs5s while Katz was drawing wiht KcQs6s3c. The [sc] ended all the drama, completing Katz’s flush draw. The meaningless river was the 6c and Marchese was out in third.

Thanks to those last two eliminations, Katz began heads up play with 65% of the chips in play. Chidwick and Katz played heads-up for nearly two hours with the lead being traded back and forth before Chidwick finally put a cap on another USPO win. Down to just 3.5 big blinds, Katz moved all in for 410,000 after Chidwick had opened with a pot-size bet of 360,000. Chidwick called and turned up AsTc8s4h which put him behind Katz’ AcJdJs3d. The Ts3c2s5d6c gave Chidwick a wheel and eliminate Katz.

Final Table Payouts

  1. Stephen Chidwick – $351,000
  2. Cary Katz – $234,000
  3. Tom Marchese – $156,000
  4. Ben Lamb – $97,500
  5. Sean Rafael – $78,000
  6. Anthony Zinno – $58,500

Chidwick now has four USPO wins and nine final tables over 14 events stretching the last two years. He now sits atop the USPO leaderboard and is 100 points clear of his nearest competitor, Sean Winter.

USPO Top 10 After Event #6

PLAYER CASHES PRIZE MONEY POINTS
1. Stephen Chidwick 4 $705,950 540
2. Sean Winter 4 $419,400 440
3. Cary Katz 3 $580,200 340
4. Jordan Cristos 2 $206,200 240
5. Ali Imsirovic 1 $442,500 200
6. Lauren Roberts 1 $218,400 200
7. Manig Loeser 2 $146,200 180
8. Ben Lamb 2 $146,200 160
9. Dan Shak 2 $232,100 140
10. Koray Aldemir 1 $159,250 140

 

The final table for Event #7: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em takes place on Wednesday.

USPO Streaming Schedule On PokerGO

DATE EVENT TIME (ET)
02/20/19 Event #7: $25,000 No Limit Hold’em 5 p.m.
02/21/19 Event #8: $25,000 8-Game 5 p.m.
02/21/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em Early 8 p.m.
02/22/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em Final 5 p.m.
02/22/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em Early 7:30 p.m.
02/23/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em Final 5 p.m.

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