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USPO #03 – $25,000 No Limit Hold'em

Level Info

Level 27
Blinds 50,000 / 100,000
Ante 100,000

Players Info

Prize Pool $1,100,000
USPO #03 – $25,000 No Limit Hold'em
Day 2 Completed

Stephen Chidwick Wins Event #3: $25,000 No Limit Hold'em to Lead at the US Poker Open

ajlamers • Level 27: 50,000-100,000, 100,000 ante
Stephen Chidwick
Stephen Chidwick

After 156 hands on the final table, Event #3: $25,000 No Limit Hold'em has come to an end with Stephen Chidwick prevailing as the champion. Chidwick will happily pocket $374,000 and the lead in the US Poker Open after defeating Keith Tilston in heads-up play.

The two players battled heads-up for a little over 50 hands and the chip lead swung back and forth numerous times. Tilston held a comfortable lead at one point and had Chidwick on the ropes, drawing to just six outs on the river. Chidwick spiked the river to double into the chip lead and carried the momentum going forward.

After cracking Tilston's pocket queens with a flopped flush, Chidwick held the largest lead of the final table and secured the win just one hand later. Tilston moved all in with {k-Spades}{9-Clubs} and Chidwick snap-called holding {a-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}. The board ran out {6-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{q-Spades}{q-Clubs} and Tilston was eliminated in second place for $242,000.

With the win, Chidwick moves into first place in the running for the inaugural US Poker Open title. This is Chidwick's second final table of the series, finishing in fifth place for $54,400 in Event #1. When asked about how it would feel to win the US Poker Open, Chidwick was full of confidence. "I'm feeling really good right now. I would love to win the trophy, even though it might be awkward to pack."

Final Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (USD)
1stStephen ChidwickUnited Kingdom$374,000
2ndKeith TilstonUnited States$242,000
3rdDaniel NegreanuCanada$165,000
4thJake SchindlerUnited States$110,000
5thBrent HanksUnited States$88,000
6thSeth DaviesUnited States$66,000
7thNick SchulmanUnited States$55,000

The first of four $25,000 events attracted a total of 44 entries that made up a prizepool of $1,100,000. The opening day played down to the official final table with Nick Schulman being eliminated in seventh place. Schulman was able to pocket a min-cash of $55,000 before he hit the rail.

Day 2 started out with six players returning to their seats after a day off on Sunday. Tilston and Daniel Negreanu shared the chip lead but it didn't take long for the chips to start flying. After a few double ups from Chidwick, Brent Hanks, and Seth Davies, the players knew they were in for the long haul.

It took until the 35th hand in a blind vs blind situation, bust out first bustout to occur. Davies was all in with pocket sevens and was up against the {a-Spades}{10-Clubs} of Tilston. The flop gave Tilston two pair and Davies was unable to hit a seven as he became the first player eliminated.

Just a few hands later, Hanks was on the short stack and faced with an all in from Chidwick in the small blind. Hanks called from the big blind and was flipping against Chidwick's small pair. The turn card gave Chidwick a full house and Hanks was left drawing dead, becoming the fifth-place finisher.

Jake Schindler took over the chip lead at one point of four-handed play, but after a river-bluff gone bad against Chidwick, he was left with under eight big blinds. Schindler shoved all in with {j-Spades}{10-Clubs} and was called by Chidwick holding {a-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}. Schindler was unable to connect with the board and exited the tournament in fourth place.

When three-handed play began, the chip stacks were fairly even. It took a string of bad runouts for Daniel Negreanu to be chipped away at and the fan-favorite finally had enough. He moved his remaining stack of just over a million chips into the middle with {k-Hearts}{8-Hearts} from the big blind. He was called by Tilston with {a-Clubs}{j-Diamonds} and Negreanu would need some help. Tilston hit an ace on the flop and Negreanu was drawing dead by the turn, as he headed off to play in the Mixed Game Championship. That left the final two, Chidwick and Tilston, to battle it out heads-up for the title.

With that, the majority of the players have headed back inside the Aria Resort and Casino poker room to join Event #4: $25,000 Mixed Game Championship. That event will also be playing down to a final table today before resuming on PokerGO tomorrow.

You can follow all of the live updates throughout the US Poker Open with the PokerNews live reporting team.

Tags: Brent HanksDaniel NegreanuJacob SchindlerKeith TilstonNick SchulmanSeth DaviesStephen Chidwick

Keith Tilston Eliminated in 2nd Place ($242,000)

Jan_Kores • Level 27: 50,000-100,000, 100,000 ante
Keith Tilston
Keith Tilston

Hand #156: Keith Tilston was left with under six big blinds and he put them in the middle. Stephen Chidwick had no problem to call with ace-high.

Tilston: {K-Spades}{9-Clubs}
Chidwick: {A-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}

Tilston had two live cards but he didn't get a piece of the {6-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{Q-Spades}{Q-Clubs} board. Chidwick, who was himself one card away from busting a few moments ago, eliminated Tilston in second place for a $242,000 reward. "You played really well," Chidwick told Tilston when they shook hands.

Chidwick, who already finished fifth in the opening $10k event, took home $374,000. He climbed to the top of the leaderboard with $428,400 in US Poker Open earnings. He's expected to join the $25k Mixed Event later tonight.

Stephen Chidwick gb 5,500,000 570,000
Keith Tilston us Busted

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Hands #153-155: Chidwick Wins a Big One With the Nut-Flush

Jan_Kores • Level 27: 50,000-100,000, 100,000 ante

Hand #153: Stephen Chidwick took 20 seconds before pushing all-in with {10-Hearts}{7-Hearts}. Keith Tilston immediately folded his ten-deuce suited.

Hand #154: Tilston had 20 big blinds and put all of his chips in play with {A-Clubs}{J-Hearts}. Chidwick had no trouble laying down his six-high. "Switching to the all-in mode," Chidwick observed.

Hand #155: Chidwick limped in with {A-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} when Tilston was dealt {Q-Clubs}{Q-Spades} in the big blind. Tilston raised it up to 400,000 and Chidwick threw in the four orange chips, calling.

The dealer revealed the {3-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} flop which gave Chidwick the nuts. Meanwhile, Tilston continued for 300,000 and Chidwick easily called to give his opponent a chance to shove on the following streets. Tilston, however, checked the {4-Clubs} turn and Chidwick checked back.

Tilston had just under the pot behind coming to the {7-Hearts} river and he fired 800,000, leaving himself with 570,000. Chidwick shoved all-in and Tilston was puzzled. He threw in an extension chip and eventually managed to fold his hand. He now has a mountain to climb. being almost a 9-1 chip-underdog.

Stephen Chidwick gb 4,930,000 1,400,000
Keith Tilsten 570,000 570,000

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Hands #148-152: Back and Forth They Go

ajlamers • Level 27: 50,000-100,000, 100,000 ante

Hand #148: Keith Tilston opened to 250,000 on the button with {a-Hearts}{4-Clubs} and Stephen Chidwick called with {9-Hearts}{7-Spades}. The flop came {j-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} and both players checked to the {6-Clubs} on the turn. Chidwick led out for 500,000 and Tilston stuck around to see the {k-Diamonds} on the river. Two more checks and Chidwick raked in the pot with a pair of sevens.

Hand #149: Chidwick announced all in on the button with {k-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} and Tilston quickly mucked his hand.

Hand #150: Tilston raised it up to 250,000 on the button with {10-Clubs}{6-Spades} and Chidwick defended with {5-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} in the big blind. Both players hit a pair on the {a-Spades}{10-Spades}{5-Clubs} flop and Chidwick checked. Tilston bet 150,000 and Chidwick made the call. The turn brought the {8-Diamonds} and both players checked to the {8-Spades} on the river. Chidwick made a small bet of 100,000 and Tilston looked him up as he won the pot with a two pair, tens and eights.

Hand #151: Chidwick limped in on the button with {7-Hearts}{2-Clubs} and Tilston checked with {10-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}. The flop fell {6-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{3-Spades} and Chidwick quickly folded to a bet from Tilston.

Hand #152: Tilston looked down at {a-Diamonds}{3-Spades} and just limped in on the button. Chidwick moved all in with {3-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} and Tilston was put to the test for his tournament life. After using up a time extension, Tilston made a good laydown sending the chips to Chidwick.

Stephen Chidwick gb 3,530,000 550,000
Keith Tilston us 1,970,000 -550,000

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Hands #143-147: Chidwick Survives Elimination After Hitting Six-Outer on the River

Jan_Kores • Level 27: 50,000-100,000, 100,000 ante
Stephen Chidwick
Stephen Chidwick

Hand #143: Stephen Chidwick limped in with {J-Diamonds}{3-Hearts} and Keith Tilston checked his {Q-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}, setting a trap. The {8-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{J-Hearts} flop was exactly what could Tilston hope for, allowing Chidwick flop top pair. Chidwick, however, checked back and they continued to the {5-Spades} turn. Tilston fired 200,000 and Chidwick called. The {4-Hearts} river didn't scare Tilston who bet another 400,000. Chidwick called to see the bad news. "Nice bet," he complimented Tilston.

Hand #144: Tilston peeled {A-Clubs}{7-Clubs} and limped in. Chidwick checked with {10-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} and the {6-Spades}{A-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} hit the felt. Tilston bet 100,000 in position and Chidwick floated to see the {6-Hearts} turn where Tilston barreled for 300,000. Chidwick check-folded.

Hand #145: Tilston received a walk.

Hand #146: Tilston limped again, that time with {7-Hearts}{3-Hearts}. Chidwick tapped with {9-Clubs}{6-Clubs} and they looked at the {Q-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{5-Spades} flop. Chidwick checked and called Tilston's 150,000-bet. The {K-Diamonds} turn was checked by both players and the {8-Spades} landed on the river. Chidwick checked for the third time and Tilston gave up, checking his seven-high.

Hand #147: Chidwick limped in with {9-Hearts}{9-Clubs} and Tilston checked {Q-Spades}{7-Diamonds} to outflop his opponent on the {J-Spades}{8-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}. Tilston led out 200,000 with his top pair and Chidwick called. The {7-Spades} turn card gave Tilston two pair and he overshoved for 1.14 million effective.

Chidwick threw in few chips, calling. He found himself in a disastrous shape, drawing just for six cards in the deck. Tilston was close to finishing him off but the dealer was against it. The {9-Diamonds} river rescued Chidwick who remained in his seat, suddenly stacking up a huge double up that catapulted him to the chip lead.

Stephen Chidwick gb 2,980,000 940,000
Keith Tilston us 2,520,000 -940,000

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Hands #140-142: Two All-Ins, No Calls

Jan_Kores • Level 26: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante

Hand #140: Keith Tilston raised to 200,000 with {K-Hearts}{2-Clubs}. Stephen Chidwick matched the price with {6-Spades}{3-Spades}. Two spades connected with Chidwick on the {A-Spades}{10-Spades}{5-Hearts} flop which was checked through. The {J-Diamonds} turn opened a straight draw for Tilston but Chidwick bombed the turn with a bet of 500,000, scooping the pot.

Hand #141: Chidwick limped in with {10-Spades}{6-Diamonds} and Tilston took his time with {2-Hearts}{2-Clubs}. He eventually shoved and Chidwick slammed his cards towards the muck.

Hand #142: Tilston found {K-Clubs}{9-Spades} on the button and limped in. Chidwick looked down at {A-Spades}{6-Hearts} and moved all-in for 2.16 million. Tilston folded.

Tags: Keith TilstonStephen Chidwick

Hands #135-139: Chidwick Can't Make the Winning Call

ajlamers • Level 26: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante

Hand #135: In a limped pot preflop, the flop fell {a-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}. Keith Tilston led out for 100,000 with {8-Spades}{2-Hearts} and Stephen Chidwick raised to 160,000 holding {8-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}. Tilston called his pair of deuces and the {a-Hearts} paired the board on the turn.

Tilston checked and Chidwick bet another 400,000. Tilston continued to call and the {6-Diamonds} on the river gave Chidwick the best hand. Tilston shipped all in for 1,300,000 and with his tournament life at risk, forced a fold from Chidwick.

Hand #136: Tilston raised it up to 200,000 on the button with {k-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} and Chidwick pushed all in for 2,560,000 with {6-Clubs}{5-Clubs}. Tilston folded the best hand this time and the stacks leveled out.

Hand #137: Chidwick limped in on the button with {9-Spades}{2-Hearts} and Tilston checked his option with {8-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}. The flop came {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} and Tilston check-folded to a bet of 80,000 from Chidwick.

Hand #138: Tilston raised to 200,000 with {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs} on the button and Chidwick called with a suited {q-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}. The flop came {a-Spades}{10-Spades}{7-Clubs} and Chidwick checked his bottom pair. Tilston flopped a set of tens and bet 200,000. Chidwick called and the {a-Diamonds} paired the board on the turn. Both players checked and the {q-Clubs} landed on the river. Chidwick checked again and Tilston fired 400,000 which was snap-called by Chidwick. Tilston tabled his full house and Chidwick's cards went to the muck.

Hand #139: Chidwick limped in with {3-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} and Tilston raised to 300,000 with {a-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} in the big blind. Chidwick quickly folded and Tilston extended his lead.

Keith Tilston us 3,460,000 1,340,000
Stephen Chidwick gb 2,040,000 -1,340,000

Tags: Keith TilstonStephen Chidwick

Hands #130-134: Trading Small Pots

Jan_Kores • Level 26: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante

Hand #130: Keith Tilston limed in with {9-Spades}{7-Clubs} and Stephen Chidwick made it 280,00 to go with {K-Clubs}{2-Hearts}. Tilston called and they went to the {J-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} flop. Chidwick elected to check and Tilston check back with his bottom pair. The {Q-Diamonds} turn was checked by Chidwick but Tilston opted for a bet of 200,000, taking down the pot.

Hand #131: Chidwick looked down at {8-Clubs}{7-Clubs} just as two hands ago and limped with the suited connectors again. Tilston checked with {J-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}. Chidwick once again flopped a club flush draw on the {3-Diamonds}{A-Clubs}{10-Clubs}. Tilston missed the flop but that didn't stop him from leading 100,000.

Chidwick called in position and the {2-Spades} hit the table on the turn. Tilston slowed down with a check and Chidwick tapped back. The {8-Spades} river gave Chidwick the winning third pair and he checked back again to earn the pot.

Hand #132: Tilston picked up {A-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} and called, trying to induce some action from Chidwick. He checked and they continued to the {8-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{3-Hearts} flop. Tilston bet 80,000 in position and won the hand.

Hand #133: Chidwick limped in with {5-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} and Tilston peeled {A-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}. He raised to 280,000 and Chidwick quickly laid his hand down.

Hand #134: Chidwick received a walk.

Stephen Chidwick gb 3,380,000 -300,000
Keith Tilston us 2,120,000 300,000

Tags: Keith TilstonStephen Chidwick