Brit legend Chidwick takes Brit Open PLO crown



Britain’s finest, Stephen Chidwick, took down the seventh event of the British Poker Open for £202,500 on Sept. 9. Chidwick battled through a tough field that included Event 2 winner George Wolff, BPO Championship leader Sam Soverel and renowned high stakes PLO star Ben Tollerene.

“I’d like to say that I’ve figured out how to play tournament PLO,” Chidwick said, “but honestly, I’ve been running very good. These last three $25K PLOs, I’ve registered at the last minute and run well. That’s kind of what it takes. I don’t think I have an edge. There’s a lot of very experienced PLO players here. But I really enjoy playing PLO even though I don’t do it that much just try and do the best that I can.”

Tollerene came into the day as the short stack by some margin and while he quadrupled up when even shorter, his run came to an end when his pair of queens on the flop was drawing thin against George Wolff’s trip queens, which held to bust the online legend.

One of the pivotal moments of the BPO Championship could become when Wolff then took out Sam Soverel. Soverel, who has 580 points in the BPO Championship race. The overnight chipleader was eliminated when Wolff first called a great bluff with an even greater hero call on the river, then was all-in preflop and paired up on the turn to send Soverel out of the running.

Heads-up was a fairly lengthy affair and saw a turnaround in fortunes for the two players, with Wolff ahead in chips at the commencement of proceedings in London. Wolff picked the wrong time to bluff as he pushed all-in on a river he’d missed all of his draws on. Chidwick, however, had turned the flush and called it off.

“End my misery,” Wolff said just before being eliminated.

1st, Stephen Chidwick, £202,500
2nd, George Wolff, £112,500
3rd, Sam Soverel, £60,000

Chris Cosenza

Chris Cosenza