British Poker Open Crowns Four More Champions

The most recent four champions of the British Poker Open, Sam Greenwood, Sa Soverel, Sergi Reixach and Stephen Chidwick

The British Poker Open crowned four more champions since we last checked in with those champs securing big payouts. Created by Poker Central and hosted with partypoker LIVE, the British Poker Open is a series of high roller events. It is in full swing at Aspers Casino in London where seven players have become poker champions.

British Poker Open Event #4: £10,000 Short Deck Results

British Poker Open champion Sam Greenwood

Place Player Country Prize (GBP) Prize (USD)
1 Sam Greenwood Canada £110,400 $135,742
2 Robert Flink Sweden £67,200 $82,625
3 Yan Tsang Hong Kong £38,400 $47,214
4 Cary Katz United States £24,000 $29,509

Sam Greenwood triumphed in the Event #4: £10,000 Short Deck only a week after his brother Luc won an event. Luc Greenwood won the £10,000 No Limit Hold’em Opening Event last week for £119,600 ($144,726). Now Sam has got in on the action with yet another major live title.

Greenwood outlasted 23 opponents on his way to locking up the £110,400 ($135,742) top prize. This is Greenwood’s 35th score of six-figures or more and takes his lifetime winnings past $20.3 million.

Poker Central founder Cary Katz busted in fourth place and claimed the £24,000 ($29,509) prize. Yan Tsang followed Katz to the rail with £38,400 ($47,214) reasons to be happy, setting up a heads-up battle between Greenwood and Robert Flink.

Flink finished third in the Opening Event and had to make do with a runner-up finish this time around. The Swede netted £67,200 ($82,625).

Event #5: £25,000 NLHE Results

British Poker Open winner Sam Soverel

Place Player Country Prize (GBP) Prize (USD)
1 Sam Soverel United States £322,000 $394,991
2 Rainer Kempe Germany £196,000 $240,429
3 Ali Imsirovic Bosnia & Herzegovina £112,000 $137,388
4 Stephen Chidwick United Kingdom £70,000 $85,868

Sam Soverel got the monkey off his back by winning Event #5: £25,000 NLHE after a brace of runner-up finishes. Soverel extended his lead at the top of the British Poker Open leaderboard with his impressive victory over 27 opponents. The Florida native, who lives in Las Vegas, scooped £322,000 ($394,991) after defeating Rainer Kempe heads-up.

Soverel specializes in $10,000 or higher buy-in events and his class showed in this event. Only four of the five players who returned for Day 2 received prize money, Vicent Bosca bursting the bubble. Stephen Chidwick collected the first payout of £70,000 ($85,868), his third of the British Poker Open.

Ali Imsirovic, another high roller specialist, joined Chidwick on the rail after busting in third-place. Imsirovic banked £112,000 ($137,388) when his queen-five did not get there against Soverel’s ace-deuce.

Imsirovic’s exit left German star Kempe and Soverel to play one-on-one for the title. It was a neck-and-neck match until Kempe jammed with jack-nine and Soverel called with pocket queens. Those ladies held, Kempe was eliminated in second-place and Soverel emerged victoriously.

Event #6: £25,000 NLHE Results

British Poker Open champion Sergi Reixach

Place Player Country Prize (GBP) Prize (USD)
1 Sergei Reixach Spain £253,000 $312,756
2 Timothy Adams Canada £154,000 $190,373
3 Elio Fox United States £88,000 $108,785
4 Michael Zhang United Kingdom £55,000 $67,990

UK-based Spaniard Sergi Reixach won Event #6: £25,000 NLHE only a fortnight after booking his biggest-ever win. Reixach, known as “srxakgirona” in online poker circles, won a €100,000 Super High Roller at the recent PokerStars European Poker Tour Barcelona festival. It was a result that netted him €1,816,210 ($2,024,535).

This latest victory won Reixach far less money at £253,000 ($312,756), but it was an impressive victory nonetheless. Only four of the compact field of 22 entries received prize money, with five players making it through to Day 2. Reixach eliminated them all.

First, Reixach sent Ali Imsirovic to the rail with the unwanted title of bubble boy before sending Michael Zhang to the showers. Elio Fox, the former WSOP Europe Main Event champion, fell in third-place for £88,000 ($108,785).

Heads-up only lasted one hand thanks to Reixach holding a 10:1 chip lead over Canada’s Timothy Adams. Adams moved all in with king-queen but did not improve against Reixach’s dominating ace-king. Reixach now has more than $5 million in live poker tournament winnings, enough for fifth-place in Spain’s all-time money listings.

Event #7: £25,000 PLO Results

British Poker Open PLO winner Stephen Chidwick

Place Player Country Prize (GBP) Prize (USD)
1 Stephen Chidwick United Kingdom £202,500 $250,328
2 George Wolff United States £112,500 $139,071
3 Sam Soverel United States £60,000 $74,171

Stephen Chidwick won his first WSOP bracelet this summer in the $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller, now he has another PLO title after triumphing in Event #7: £25,000 PLO. Chidwick collected £202,500 ($250,328) and enough British Poker Open leaderboard points to make it possible to catch Sam Soverel.

Online poker legend Ben Tollerene burst the bubble before Soverel crashed out in third-place. Chidwick and four-card specialist George Wolff battled for a while before Chidwick forged a lead. Chidwick ran out a winner to book his third win in as many $25K PLO events!

Remaining British Poker Open Events

Only four events remain on the schedule. A £25,000 NLHE is in full swing with a £50,000 NLHE starting September 11th. A massive £250,000 Super High Roller Bowl completed the British Poker Open, that one will be huge!

Images courtesy of Poker Central

Matthew Pitt

If it’s something you can play online for real money, chances are Matthew knows a bit about it. He’s been writing about slots, craps and poker for the better part of the last decade. He’s written for PokerNews, PartyPoker and many other respected online gambling websites during the last nine years.


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