Sam Soverel Wins 2019 British Poker Open Championship
Sam Soverel has locked up the 2019 British Poker Open Championship after winning his second title of the series on Monday. Earlier in the day, he finished third in Event #7 to add to his point total. Afterward, he proceeded to win an accelerated Event #8 to nearly put the title out of reach.
The only player that had a realistic shot to catch Soverel heading into the final table of Event #9 was Sam Greenwood and with his eliminations, Soverel won the Championship.
Stephen Chidwick Wins Event #7
On Monday, the final table of Event #7, the £25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Event, played to conclusion. Only the top three were paid and Sam Soverel managed to hang on for a £60k min-cash and a few more BPO Championship points.
Stephen Chidwick then faced George Wolff heads-up for the title. Wolff won the £10k PLO earlier in the series but fell short in this one. Chidwick held on to win the title and £202,500.
After winning the event, he told Poker Central, “I’d like to say that I’ve figured out how to play tournament PLO. But honestly, I’ve been running very good. These last three 25k PLOs, I’ve registered at the last minute and run well. That’s kind of what it takes. I don’t think I have an edge. There’s a lot of very experienced PLO players here. But I really enjoy playing PLO even though I don’t do it that much just try and do the best that I can.”
After winning the event, Chidwick moved up to 420 points, just 160 behind Soverel. He had three events to try and close the gap, but Soverel had other plans.
Sam Soverel Wins Event #8 to Effectively Win BPO Championship
On Monday, we reported that the BPO Championship was Soverel’s to lose. One way to guarantee a win is to keep winning poker tournaments, and that’s just what Soverel did.
Event #8 was another £25k NL Hold’em event and this one just drew 13 entries. Since the event had such a small field, it played to a conclusion on Monday.
Only the final two players were paid and the final pair was Sam Soverel and Steve O’Dwyer. O’Dwyer started heads-up play as the chip leader, but Soverel quickly moved into the chip lead, and that’s where he stayed.
Ultimately, Soverel took down the title, £227,500 in prize money, and 200 BPO Championship points. This nearly locked things up for Soverel but there were still two events to play.
Mikita Badziakouski Wins Event #9
By the time the final table of Event #9 was reached, only one player had a realistic chance to catch Soverel. Sam Greenwood came into the final table with a shot to catch Soverel, but he had to win this event to keep the chase going.
However, he ended up finishing in fourth to bubble the event. This made Sam Soverel the 2019 British Poker Open champion. In the meantime, there was still some poker to play to crown the Event #9 champion.
David Peters had a commanding lead at one time at the final table but ultimately finished in third place. This left Christoph Vogelsang and Mikita Badziakouski to battle for the title. Ultimately, it was Badziakouski who won the event and the £270,000 top prize.
Badziakouski told Poker Central, “I had a lot of fun. You’re always happy when you’re winning because if you get to the end of the tournament it means that you like experienced every single stage. I’m happy to win. You need to have the feeling of winning something like this!”
There is just one event left at the British Poker Open. Wednesday’s event is the £100,000 buy-in event to close the series. It will be interesting to see whether the field increases or continues to shrink as has been the case with the last couple of events.
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