The Australian Poker Open (APO) is a wrap and it is Stephen Chidwick who has emerged its champion while Michael Addamo has won the A$100K Main Event to close out the series. Currently No.1 on England’s All Time Money List, Chidwick has $5,368,947 in live cashes. On his way to the win, Chidwick cashed three of the seven APO events, including a win in the Event #5, a runner-up finish in Event #3 and a very important Main Event min-cash. This brought his total for the series to A$949,000 on top of which the poker champion will also receive the A$50k Championship prize.
“It feels great,” Chidwick said after securing the Australian Poker Open Championship title.
“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. 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.”
Australian Poker Open Championship Top 5 Standings:
- Stephen Chidwick – 650
- Andras Nemeth – 630
- Michael Addamo- 560
- Mike Watson – 450
- Luc Greenwood – 360
Talking about Michael Addamo, he collected A$1,288,000 after topping a 28-entry field in the A$100k Main Event. However, his win was overshadowed by Chidwick’s 4th place finish which propelled him to the Championship title. Aaron Van Blarcum (2nd for A$784,000) and two-time reigning GPI Player of the Year Alex Foxen (3rd for A$448,000) were other notables who finished deep in the Main Event.
“This week was fantastic. I am very impressive, and it was my first time in the poker room here. The staff is fantastic, and I had a great time,”said Addamo post his grand main event victory.
APO Main Event Payouts (AUD):
- Michael Addamo – $1,288,000
- Aaron Van Blarcum – $784,000
- Alex Foxen – $448,000
- Stephen Chidwick – $280,000
Luc Greenwood Takes Down Event #6: A$50,000 NLH
The penultimate event of the series was taken down by Canada’s Luc Greenwood who outlasted a 35-entry field to take down the A$50,000 NLH event and walked away with $700,000 for the win.
“This was a tough field and a big battle. 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.”
Event #6 Payouts (AUD):
- Luc Greenwood – $700,000
- Mikita Badziakouski – $455,000
- Andras Nemeth – $280,000
- Chino Rheem – $175,000
- Michael Addamo – $140,000
Stephen Chidwick Outlasts Erik Seidel To Win Event #5: A$25,000 NLH
Chidwick took down the A$25K NLH of the APO championship after beating 47 entries, including Seidel in heads-up. The $399,500 in top prize also earned him 300 APO points to move him past Nemeth.
“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 third place finishes in the event.
Event #5 Payouts (AUD):
1.Stephen Chidwick – $399,500
2.Erik Seidel – $258,500
3.Seth Davies – $176,250
4.Michael Addamo – $117,500
5.Jorryt van Hoof – $94,000
6.Farid Jattin – $70,500
7. Matthias Eibinger – $58,750
Farid Jattin Takes Down Event #4: A$25K PLO
Farid Jattin has got to an amazing start to 2020. Just a few days after winning the Aussie Millions A$25K Challenge and finishing runner-up in the Aussie Millions A$25,000 PLO, he topped a 29-entry field in the Event # 4 – A$25,000 PLO event of the Australian Poker Open (APO) Championship.
“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.”
Jouh kimainen came runner-up for $188,500, while George Wolff earned $116,000 for his 3rd place finish.
Event #4 Payouts (AUD):
1. Farid Jattin – $290,000
2. Joni Jouhkimainen – $188,500
3. George Wolff – $116,000
4. Andras Nemeth – $72,500
5. Alex Foxen – $58,000
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