Stephen Chidwick wins first WSOP bracelet

Stephen Chidwick has earned nearly $25 million in poker tournaments, but a World Series of Poker bracelet continued to elude him.

That changed earlier this week when he finally got the monkey off his back by winning the $25,000 Pot-Limit High Roller tournament.

Chidwick bested a 278-player field in the tournament to earn his first WSOP bracelet and cash $1,618,417. That was his 53rd WSOP cash and 14th WSOP final table.

He had finished in the Top 5 at the WSOP six times, including finishing runner-up in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo Eights or Better tournament in 2015.

How did Chidwick defeat the Final Table?

The final table Chidwick had to maneuver through to win his first WSOP bracelet was a bit of a monster and had 13 WSOP bracelets around it. Eight of them belonged to poker legend Erik Seidel. He had to settle for sixth place this week.

Despite all the WSOP bling at the final table when only two remained neither player, Chidwick and James Chen, had a WSOP bracelet to their name. Chen was at his third career WSOP final table and was attempting to become the first person from Taiwan to win an WSOP bracelet.

When heads-up play began Chidwick had the chip lead with 25.3 million chips to Chen’s 16.4 million. Chen chipped away ay Chidwick’s stack a little, including a good chunk after winning three consecutive hands. But he never wrestled away the overall chip lead from his opponent.

On the final hand, with Chidwick now holding a near 10-to-1 chip lead on Chen, Chen raised preflop and Chidwick called. The flop showed Kh-7h-6d. After Chidwick checked Chen bet out only to have Chidwick check-raise enough to put him all-in if he called.

Chen did call and showed As-Qs-8h-8d for a pair of eights. Chidwick tabled Kc-Qd-7d-6s for two pair and the lead. The turn was the 10c opening up a straight possibility for Chen. The river was the 2d and no good, giving Chidwick the hand and the win.

For the second place finish, Chen collected $1,000,253.