Chidwick Crowned 2020 Australian Poker Open Champion

Stephen Chidwick is the 2020 Australian Poker Open champion.

Stephen Chidwick is the 2020 Australian Poker Open champion thanks to enjoying an unassailable lead going into the final event. Chidwick’s victory in Event #5 and fourth-place in Event #7 mean he is the series’ champion.

2020 Australian Poker Open Event #6: $50,000 NLHE Results

Lucas Greenwood added a 2020 Australian Poker Open title to the British Poker Open gong he won last year

Place Player Country Prize (AUD) Prize (USD)
1 Lucas Greenwood Canada $700,000 $472,928
2 Nikita Bodyakovskiy Belarus $455,000 $307,403
3 Andras Nemeth Hungary $280,000 $189,171
4 Chino Rheem United States $175,000 $118,232
5 Michael Addamo Australia $140,000 $94,586

The sixth event of the 2020 Australian Poker Open was a $50,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament. Thirty-five players bought in and created a A$1,750,000 (US$1,182,321) prize pool shared among the top five finishers.

Michael Addamo was the first player to cash after being busted by Lucas Greenwood. Addamo held a flush draw that missed, leaving Greenwood to scoop the pot with top pair.

Chino Rheem joined him on the rail, his ace-deuce priving no match for Greenwood’s dominating ace-jack.

Hungarian superstar Andras Nemeth, who is known as “probirs” in the online poker world, fell in third. Again, it was Greenwood who did the damage. Nemeth was all-in with king-jack of diamonds, Greenwood with eight-five of diamonds. A runner-runner straight won the pot for Greenwood.

Nemeth’s exit left Nikita Bodyakovsiy and Lucas Greenwood to fight it out for the title. No deal was struck despite a A$245,000 difference between first and second place. This meant Greenwood collected a cool A$700,000 when he busted the Team partypoker pro. Greenwood’s king-queen prevailed against the Bodyakovskiy’s lowly jack-three.

This was Greenwood’s second Poker Open title after he won a £10,500 buy-in event in London.

Michael Addamo Secures A$1,200,000 Score

Place Player Country Prize (AUD) Prize (USD)
1 Michael Addamo Australia $1,200,000 $810,733
2 Aaron Van Blarcum United States $784,000 $529,679
3 Alex Foxen United States $448,000 $302,673
4 Stephen Chidwick United kingdom $280,000 $189,171

Michael Addamo banked a massive A$1,200,000 (US$810,733) by triumphing in the 2020 Australian Poker Open A$100,000 Main Event. This impressive victory, the 11th of Addamo’s live career, takes his lifetime winnings past $7.9 million.

Man of the moment Kahle Burns bubbled this event at the hands of Addamo. Burns moved all-in with pocket kings and lost to queen-eight of Addamo courtesy of two eights on the flop.

Chidwick was guaranteed fourth-place and locked up the 2020 Australian Poker Open title thanks to nearest rival, Nemeth, returning home. Chidwick’s ace-king lost to the queen jack of Aaron Van Blarcum to reduce the player count by one.

Alex Foxen busted in third-place when Van Blarcum’s ace-four stayed ahead of Foxen’s king-queen. This set up an enticing one-on-one battle between Van Blarcum and Addamo.

Addamo walked away with the title when he got his chips in with a flush draw against middle pair. Addamo improved to his flush on the turn to leave Van Blarcum drawing dead.

Chidwick Locks Up 2020 Australian Poker Open Title With an Event To Spare

Chidwick was announced at the 2020 Australian Poker Open champion after the A$100,000 Main Event. Only Nemeth stood a chance of catching him, but the Hungarian decided not to play the A$100,000 or A$250,000 Main Events.

This meant Chidwick’s 650-points tally couldn’t be surpassed, regardless of the result in the A$250,000 Main Event. The British star was one of 16 entrants in the A$250,000 buy-in Main Event. He, however, never got going and fell in ninth-place.

There are few players who can match Chidwick for natural ability and consistency. He’s cashed for at least $1 million every year since 2013, which is an incredible achievement. Chidwick won $10,197,347 from live poker tournaments in 2018, his best tally to date. He improved on that massive sum in 2019 when he won a total of $13,146,265.

This may be the last time we see Chidwick in action for a while unless he heads to Uruguay for the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS South America festival. He tends to pick and choose the events he plays, so may well not be in action until the 2020 World Series of Poker starting in late May.

Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

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