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Any conversation about who the best high roller poker player in the world that doesn't include Stephen Chidwick is wasted energy. Chidwick proved it again this week by winning the inaugural Australian Poker Open Championship against some of the toughest fields in recent memory. On his way to the title, Chidwick cashed in three of the seven APO events, including a win, a runner-up finish and very important Main Event min-cash. All told, Chidwick earned won $949,000 (AUD). Mike Watson Opens Things With a Win The opening event of the APO, a $10,000 No Limit Hold'em event, drew 59 entries with Canadian pro Mike Watson beating all of them to win $177,000 and take the early lead in the Australian Poker Open Championship. "I'm thrilled to have won it," Watson said. "Especially in these series, it's great to get off to a good start and set the tone, get your confidence high, and try to make a run for that player of the series title. It's also the first live event I've won a little while, so that monkey's off my back." A pair of Australian's filled the other two spots on the podium. Michael O'Grady finished second for $118,000 and Benjamin Shannon came in third for $82,600. Other players who picked up a cash were Orpen Kisacikoglu, Ben Lamb, Luc Greenwood, Andras Nemeth, and Elio Fox. Event #1 Payouts Mike Watson - $177,000 Michael O'Grady - $118,000 Benjamin Shannon - $82,600 Orpen Kisacikoglu - $59,000 Jamie Lee - $47,200 Andras Nemeth - $35,400 Elio Fox - $29,500 Ben Lamb - $23,600 Luc Greenwood - $17,700 Former #1 PocketFiver Andras Nemeth Wins Event #2 After finishing sixth in the opening event, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Andras Nemeth beat out the 42 other entries in Event $2, $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha, but still couldn't ascend to the very top of the Australian Poker Open Championship standings. "It's nice to not only play one thing, so that keeps me motivated, but I also love to play poker and that keeps me motivated and my fiancée is my biggest motivation," Nemeth said. "She, and our families, are very supportive and she travels with me to big events and that makes a big difference for me." Nemeth beat Najeem Ajez heads-up to claim the $146,200 first place prize and 300 APO points while Ajez took home $93,600 and 210 points. Nemeth had 340 points. Unfortunately for Nemeth, Watson actually extended his Championship lead, finishing third for $64,500 and 150 points to bump his two-event total to 450. Others who managed to pick up a cash in this event were Sean Winter, Chino Rheem, and Poker Hall of Famer Erik Seidel. Event #2 Payouts Andras Nemeth - $146,200 Najeem Ajez - $93,600 Mike Watson - $64,500 Joni Jouhkimainen - $43,000 Sean Winter - $34,400 Erik Seidel - $25,800 Chino Rheem - $21,500 Timothy Adams Beats Stephen Chidwick for Event #3 Title Chidwick's march towards the APO Championship began in earnest in Event #3, a $25,000 No Limit Hold'em event with 49 entries. Chidwick managed to outlast all of them except one. Canadian Timothy Adams beat Chidwick heads-up to earn $416,500 and 300 points. "This final table was really tough with all guys I'm used to playing against," Adams said." At the high stakes you play mainly against all the same players and those guys are all really great and I'm very happy that I won. To win a tournament a lot of things have to go your way and today that happened to me." Chidwick picked up a $269,500 score and his first 210 APO Championship points. Australian Andy Lee ended up with a $183,850 payday. Also cashing in this event was Steve O'Dwyer, Orpen Kisacikoglu, and for the second time in two events, Chino Rheem posted a seventh place finish. Event #3 Payouts Timothy Adams - $416,500 Stephen Chidwick - $269,500 Andy Lee - $183,750 Steve O'Dwyer - $122,500 Orpen Kisacikoglu - $98,000 Aaron Van Blarcum - $73,500 Chino Rheem - $61,250 Farid Jattin Stays Hot with $25K PLO Victory Farid Jattin has had himself an amazing start to 2020. Just one week after winning the Aussie Millions $25K Challenge and finishing runner-up in the Aussie Millions $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha event, Jattin topped the 29-player field in Event #4, a #25,000 PLO event. "I came from Melbourne with a nice win and today I came in with a big chip lead and I'm lucky that things worked out again," Jattin said. "Today was a special situation because all their stacks were very even, and I could apply a lot of pressure on them. This favored me a lot, but there's a lot of luck in PLO, but it felt like I played flawlessly and I'm happy with my performance." Runner-up Jouhkimainen ended up pocketing $188,500 while third place finisher George Wolff earned $116,000. The APO Championship lead changed hands after this event. Nemeth ended up in fourth place and added 120 points to his total to move past Watson by 30 points. Event #4 Payouts Farid Jattin - $290,000 Joni Jouhkimainen - $188,500 George Wolff - $116,000 Andras Nemeth - $72,500 Alex Foxen - $58,000 Stephen Chidwick Beats Erik Seidel for $25K NLHE Win Chidwick took the APO Championship lead in dramatic fashion after beating Seidel heads-up in Event #5, $25,000 NLHE. The $399,500 winner's share also added 300 APO Championship points to his total to move him past Nemeth. Following the win, Chidwick talked about the Open Championship format and how he always seems to do well in them. "I really like this format of playing a week of tournaments, one every day, and battling against some of the best players to see who can run the best," Chidwick said. "It also feels nice to be in contention for the Australian Poker Open title, it seems like I'm in contention in most of these series that I play." Seidel earned $258,500 while Seth Davies banked $176,250 for his bronze medal performance. Also cashing in this event were Michael Addamo, Jorryt van Hoof, Matthias Eibinger, and Jattin. Event #5 Payouts Stephen Chidwick - $399,500 Erik Seidel - $258,500 Seth Davies - $176,250 Michael Addamo - $117,500 Jorryt van Hoof - $94,000 Farid Jattin - $70,500 Matthias Eibinger - $58,750 Canadian Luc Greenwood Ships Event #6 It wouldn't be a high roller series if at least one of the Greenwood brothers didn't ship something. Luc Greenwood did the family proud by besting the 35-player field in Event #6, a $50,000 NLHE event. Greenwood earned $700,000 for the win. "I was having a really rough trip to Australia so far with only one min-cash so far," Green admitted after his win. "This was a tough field and a big battle, and even though it looked like I was gonna run away with it three-handed, I really had to fight for it and I'm glad that I won. I think I played quite well overall." Mikita Badziakouski finished in second for $455,000 while Nemeth added $280,000 in earnings and another 150 Championship points to his total to move past Chidwick for the lead. Nemeth had 630 points while Chidwick had 510. Rheem picked up a third APO cash by coming in fourth place while Addamo earned a min-cash of $140,00 for coming in fifth. Event #6 Payouts Luc Greenwood - $700,000 Mikita Badziakouski - $455,000 Andras Nemeth - $280,000 Chino Rheem - $175,000 Michael Addamo - $140,000 Michael Addamo Wins Main Event, Stephen Chidwick Earns Championship Michael Addamo did his native Australia proud in the $100,000 Main Event, topping the 28-player field to win $1,288,000. That win was overshadowed however by Chidwick's fourth place finish which propelled him to the Championship victory. Aaron Van Blarcum finished in second for $784,000 while two-time reigning GPI Player of the Year Alex Foxen finished in third for $448,000. Chidwick rounded out the in-the-money finishers, coming in fourth place for $280,000 and 140 Championship points - enough to push him past Nemeth at the last possible moment. “Hopefully these style of events continue because I think it’s a bit more of an achievable accolade to win a multiple of or, over time, determine who the best player is rather than looking at a single tournament," Chidwick said. "Obviously there’s a lot of luck involved in this too, but over the course of seven, eight, or ten events you’re going to see the better players win more often and it would be fun to see who can collect the most titles like this.” Chidwick adds the Australian Poker Open title to the US Poker Open Championships that he earned in 2018. “I would love to complete the collection, get the whole set,” Chidwick said. In 2019, Chidwick finished second to Sam Soverel in the British Poker Open. Australian Poker Open Main Event Payouts Michael Addamo - $1,288,000 Aaron Van Blarcum - $784,000 Alex Foxen - $448,000 Stephen Chidwick - $280,000 Australian Poker Open Championship Standings Stephen Chidwick - 650 Andras Nemeth - 630 Michael Addamo- 560 Mike Watson - 450 Luc Greenwood - 360 Farid Jattin - 360 Joni Jouhkimainen - 330 Aaron Van Blarcum - 305 Timothy Adams - 300 Erik Seidel - 270
More poker is coming to Australia, as Poker Central recently announced further international expansion of its events with the Australian Poker Open and Super High Roller Bowl Australia headed Down Under in early 2020. The Australian Poker Open will follow a similar format to the U.S. Poker Open held in Las Vegas and the British Poker Open that took place in London. It’s a series of high-stakes tournaments over a week’s time with the goal of crowning an overall series winner as the first-ever Australian Poker Open Champion. The Australian Poker Open is scheduled to run January 25 through February 1, featuring seven events ranging in buy-ins from $10,000 up to $100,000. Super High Roller Bowl Australia ups the antes with a $250,000 buy-in starting February 2. The event is scheduled to run for three days. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] APO and SHRB Australia Schedule Date Event January 25 $10,000 No Limit Hold'em January 26 $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha January 27 $10,000 No Limit Hold'em January 28 $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha January 29 $25,000 No Limit Hold'em January 30 $50,000 No Limit Hold'em January 31 $100,000 No Limit Hold'em February 2 $250,000 Super High Roller Bowl All buy-ins listed are in Australian dollars. Both the Australian Poker Open and Super High Roller Bowl Australia take place at The Star Gold Coast in Broadbeach, Queensland, and will stream exclusively on PokerGO. The two events are said to be held in partnership with the World Poker Tour. What To Expect With a start date of January 25, the Australian Poker Open kicks off one day after the conclusion of the 2020 Aussie Millions at Crown Melbourne. It can be expected that several high-profile players will bundle the two festivals into one trip, hitting Melbourne first for Aussie Millions and then hopping over to Gold Coast for the Australian Poker Open and Super High Roller Bowl Australia events. The two schedules line up conveniently for players looking to compete in a heap of high buy-in events in a short time period. The Aussie Millions schedule calls for a $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha event starting January 13, the $25,000 Challenge starting January 15, the $10,600 Main Event and the $50,000 Challenge starting January 17, and the $100,000 Challenge starting January 22. It can also be expected that we’ll see several of the region’s top talents on display, which can provide us with some newer faces in the crowd. Players such as Danny Tang, Kahle Burns should be in the mix, and then we might even see the likes of Joe Hachem, Alexander Lynskey, Jonathan Karamalikis, and Jason Gray taking part. We also know that big names such as Phil Ivey, John Juanda, and Patrik Antonius absolutely love Australia. Although we don’t see these players on the scene as much as we once did, there’s a good chance we’ll see them compete in these tournaments. History of the Super High Roller Bowl Australia will be the fifth country to host Poker Central’s Super High Roller Bowl. The event began in Las Vegas in 2015. In 2018, the Super High Roller Bowl took its brand to China, and then in 2019 it hit London and the Bahamas. There have been eight Super High Roller Bowl events to date, with five being held in Las Vegas and then one in each of China, London, and the Bahamas. Super High Roller Bowl Australia will be the ninth Super High Roller Bowl to take place. The smallest Super High Roller Bowl field size was Super High Roller Bowl London in 2019. It had 12 entries. The largest field size came from Super High Roller Bowl China in 2018 with 75 entries. Super High Roller Bowl Winners Event Entries Winner Prize SHRB I 43 Brian Rast $7,525,000 SHRB II 49 Rainer Kempe $5,000,000 SHRB III 56 Christoph Vogelsang $6,000,000 SHRB China 75 Justin Bonomo $5,000,000 SHRB IV 48 Justin Bonomo $4,821,516 SHRB V 36 Isaac Haxton $3,672,000 SHRB London 12 Cary Katz $2,610,317 SHRB Bahamas 51 Daniel Dvoress $4,080,000 The eight Super High Roller Bowl events that have taken place have awarded more than $113 million in prize money, with Justin Bonomo, the winner of two Super High Roller Bowl titles, leading the list of earners from these events. SHRB All-Time Money List Player Cashes Wins Earnings Justin Bonomo 4 2 $10,931,516 Brian Rast 1 1 $7,525,000 Christoph Vogelsang 2 1 $7,200,000 Rainer Kempe 2 1 $7,039,806 Scott Seiver 1 0 $5,160,000 Isaac Haxton 2 1 $4,599,515 Erik Seidel 3 0 $4,535,000 Daniel Dvoress 1 1 $4,080,000 Jake Schindler 1 0 $3,600,000 Jason Koon 4 0 $3,539,512 Fedor Holz 1 0 $3,500,000 Stephen Chidwick 3 0 $3,410,058 Connor Drinan 1 0 $3,225,000 Patrik Antonius 1 0 $3,152,434 Daniel Negreanu 1 0 $3,000,000 Wai Leong Chan 1 0 $2,677,500 David Peters 2 0 $2,617,621 Cary Katz 1 1 $2,610,317 Stefan Schillhabel 1 0 $2,400,000 Bryn Kenney 2 0 $2,283,495 Alex Foxen 1 0 $2,160,000 Timofey Kuznetsov 1 0 $2,150,000 Leon Tsoukernik 1 0 $1,800,000 Kethy Lehne 1 0 $1,785,000 Dominik Nitsche 1 0 $1,668,932 Ali Imsirovic 2 0 $1,658,707 Mikita Badziakouski 1 0 $1,600,000 Phil Hellmuth 1 0 $1,600,000 Byron Kaverman 1 0 $1,400,000 Talal Shakerchi 1 0 $1,188,000 Seth Davies 2 0 $1,110,000 Matt Berkey 1 0 $1,100,000 Tom Marchese 1 0 $1,075,000 Pratyush Buddiga 1 0 $1,000,000 Adrian Mateos 1 0 $972,000 Nick Petrangelo 1 0 $900,000 Steve O'Dwyer 1 0 $765,000 Igor Kurganov 1 0 $756,000 Daniel Cates 1 0 $742,012 Dan Shak 1 0 $600,000 Dan Smith 1 0 $556509