Stephen Chidwick, a professional poker player, just missed out on his 37th chance at a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet. The native of Deal, England, sits fifth on England’s all-time money list but the coveted top spot at a WSOP final table has eluded him nine times.
Despite his lack of bracelets, Chidwick is widely regarded as one of the game’s better players. This year, he made the final table at the $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low Championship and the 2015 WSOP Europe’s €2,200 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em, where he came in second and fourth, respectively.
“I think anyone who knows me well will know [winning the WSOP is on my bucket list],” Chidwick told PokerNews. “When I go to Vegas, I play almost every single event — maybe 40 or 50 a year. I usually go to the World Series in Europe and Australia. It has definitely been something that’s been in my sights for years. To take one down would mean a lot for sure.”
Chidwick, whose biggest live cash was a $517,992 score, also told PokerNews that tournament life is all about the ups and downs.
“Historically I’ve taken a few bad beats at final tables,” he explained. “It’s really just poker tournament variance. The variance of playing really only a handful of final tables at the World Series has really overcome everything else. But as long as I keep putting myself in the right position, I’m sure one of these times things will work out and the cards will run my way in the right spots.”
Before you go feeling too bad for the poker vet, though, it should be noted that his lifetime earnings top $4.2 million and his online earnings are more than $4.5 million.
The 2015 WSOP Europe will conclude on Oct. 24.
(Photo credit: Steven Depolo, Creative Commons.)
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