2019 Card Player Player of the Year award winner Stephen Chidwick is back to his winning ways in 2021. The British high-stakes tournament superstar defeated a field of 96 entries in the GGPoker Spring Festival $25,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em super high roller event, striking a three-handed deal that saw him secure the title and the top payout of $442,339. The 31-year-old World Series of Poker bracelet winner has accumulated more than $35 million in live tournament earnings, with millions more in online cashes like this one.
The strong turnout for this event built a prize pool of $2,400,000, which was paid out among the top 13 finishers. By the time the final table was set, two-time WSOP bracelet winner Nick Petrangelo held the lead while Chidwick sat in fourth place among the final nine. Hungarian poker pro Andras Nemeth was the first to fall, with his pocket tens running into the pocket jacks of Mikita Badziakouski. Nemeth failed to improve and was eliminated in ninth place ($69,201).
Badziakouski followed that knockout up by besting Finnish online tournament star Samuel Vousden’s A5 with J9. Badziakouski flopped a pair of nines and held from there to send Vousden to the virtual rail in eighth place ($89,764) to climb into the lead.
Canadian bracelet winner Sam Greenwood’s run in this event came to an end when his A3 matched up against the pocket fours of Steve O’Dwyer. Greenwood ended up with ace high by the river and was knocked out as the seventh-place finisher ($116,438).
Nick Petrangelo scored his first elimination of the final table when his A9 held up against the A7 of Sami Kelopuro. A pair of nines by the river was sufficient to bust Kelopuro in sixth place. The Finnish poker pro earned $151,037 for his strong showing in this event. Petrangelo regained the top spot on the leaderboard after the hand.
A battle of the blinds saw Steve O’Dwyer fall in fifth place. He called all-in with 86 from the big blind and found himself up against the 94 of bracelet winner Daniel Dvoress, who had shoved from the small blind. Niether player improved and O’Dwyer was eliminated in fifth place ($195,918).
Chidwick notched his first knockout when all of the chips got in on a JJ6 flop with him holding A5 against the 98 of Badziakouski. The 3 turn and 4 river saw Chidwick secure the pot with a flush on the end. Badziakouski was awarded $254,135 for his fourth-place showing.
The final three players went on a break at that point, with stacks all relatively even between Chidwick, Petrangelo, and Dvoress. The players ultimately decided on making a deal to bring the tournament to a conclusion, with Chidwick being awarded the largest payday of $442,339 despite having the shortest stack at the time. The three agreed to do a three-way all-in to determine a champion. The hands were as follows:
The board ran out 97293 and CHidwick made nines and sevens to secure the pot and the title.
Here is a look at the payouts awarded at the final table:
*Denotes payouts based on deal reached among final three