Stephen Chidwick Wins Inaugural US Poker Open –

The inaugural US Poker Open series is now is the books. From February 1-11 the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas hosted eight high stakes events featuring a number of disciplines including no-limit hold’em, pot-limit Omaha and mixed games. At the conclusion of the series, the US Poker Open Championship trophy was awarded to the player who cashed for the most money throughout the series, and in the end, Stephen Chidwick was the clear victor.

The 28-year-old British poker pro cashed in five of the eight tournaments and was the only player to win two of the events during the series. All told Chidwick accumulated $1,256,600. He failed to cash in the final event of the series, but despite that fact he had mathematically secured the trophy before that tournament had even concluded.

Here is a look at the top five finishers in terms of the race for the USPO championship trophy:

Place Player Cashes Titles Earnings 1 Stephen Chidwick 5 2 $1,256,600 2 Keith Tilston 4 1 $1,047,100 3 Jake Schindler 4 0 $693,400 4 Daniel Negreanu 5 0 $621,500 5 Benjamin Pollak 3 1 $554,600

Card Player previously published a recap of the first four events of the series, which can be found here. Below is a look at the final four events of the series, including the $50,000 super high roller main event.

US Poker Open Event 5 – $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em

The fifth event of the series was a $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament. A total of 67 entries were made in the event, with high-stakes cash game regular Ben Tollerene ultimately emerging victorious with the title and the first-place prize of $187,600.

This was Tollerene’s second title of the year, having won a $5,000 side event at the Lucky Hearts Poker Open in

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