Stephen Chidwick Claims The Poker Masters Purple Jacket For 2023
- Chidwick topped the leaderboard race with 688 points
- The British pro finished second in the $50K event to earn an additional 302 points
- Former frontrunner Vladas Tamasauskas settled for 2nd place with 506 points
The 2023 Poker Masters officially wrapped up on September 27 as the most expensive event of the series, the $50,200 No-Limit Hold’em crowned its winner, Jonathan Jaffe.
The American poker pro secured the largest top prize of the series worth $756,000 but that represented his only cash at the festival.
In the end, the biggest award went to Stephen Chidwick who ended up wearing the highly-coveted Purple Jacket after ultimately topping this year’s Poker Masters leaderboard race.
Stephen Chidwick Dominates 2023 Poker Masters
The 2023 Poker Masters awarded $11,065,000 in total prize money across 10 high-stakes events, and the bulk of that was claimed by Chidwick who recorded a total of four final table finishes, including one title. The UK poker pro amassed $1,109,000 in total cashes, making him the only player to collect seven figures at the series.
Chidwick recorded his first cash in Event #6 when he finished sixth for $57,000, earning him 57 PGT points. He went on to score three straight podium finishes – he triumphed in Event #7 for $400,000, adding 240 points and then finished third just a day after in Event #9 for $148,000, earning an additional 89 points.
With just one event left on the schedule, Chidwick was tied in second place with Chino Rheem in the race for the Purple Jacket, as Vladas Tamasauskas held on to the top spot. Chidwick knew he could very well win the race with a strong final table performance in the finale event and he did not waste that chance.
He managed to reach the heads-up battle in the $50K event and finished runner-up to Jaffe for $504,000. That earned Chidwick a huge 302 points, enough to rule the leaderboard and walk away with an extra $50,000 as a championship bonus for being the player of the series.
2023 Poker Masters Leaderboard Final Standings
Chidwick earned 688 points all in all to climb to the top spot, overtaking former frontrunner Tamasauskas who settled for second place with 506 points. Rheem placed third with 487 points, followed by Alex Foxen at no. 4 with 460. Jaffe’s single cash worth 454 points placed him at no. 5, with Andrew Lichtenberger finishing sixth with 327 points.
Ren Lin (7th, 325 pts.), Darren Elias (8th, 319 pts.), Justin Bonomo (9th, 314 pts.) and Brian Kim (10th, 284 pts.) complete the top 10.