Sortis Hotel, Spa & Casino is well into hosting the PokerStars Championship Panama, where Stephen Chidwick of England won the $25,500 Single-Day High Roller last week. The event had a 30-second shot clock, 44 entries (11 people bought back in) and a $1,078,000 prize pool.
It took 12 hours for Chidwick to come out on top, finally winning a high-roller title after coming in seventh and fifth respectively at the $25,000 and $50,000 High Roller events at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas. Erik Seidel, who is first on the U.S. all time money list, busted in seventh and a six-handed final table was set with no Americans.
Timothy Adams, who finished sixth at the $50,000 Super High Roller, was the first to fall when his A,J busted to Koray Aldemir’s pocket kings. The score allowed the German to double and Aldemir had the chip lead going into the final five.
Italian Dario Sammartino got in on the action when his pocket kings convinced him to shove all in, but Mustapha Kanit had the pair of aces that would send him home in fifth. Oliver Weis had a big loss when Chidwick used an A,7 to crack his pocket nines, and found himself out a few hands later when he jammed a 3,5 and lost to Aldemir. Fourth place earned the German a respectable $123,980.
Chidwick was responsible to the next elimination as well, when Kanit held an A,9 and the eventual-winner got in on pocket eights. A lucky river helped bring Chidwick’s hand back after the Italian managed to improve on his opponent, and Ademir and Chidwick moved on to heads-up play.
In the end, it was a pair of kings against an A,5 that never stood a chance. Ademir won $253,340 for second place and the win for Chidwick means he now sits second on England’s all-time money list.
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Photo credit: PokerStars.
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