Chidwick, Vieira and Haxton win the European Poker Tour Monte Carlo High Rollers


Stephen ChidwickSeveral high-risk side events concluded in the last few days to 2023 Monte Carlo European Poker Tour series, with each awarding sizable six-figure paydays to eventual champions.

On May 1, Stephen Chidick emerged victorious in the €50,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em event. The British poker pro defeated a field of 17 entries to secure the title and $240,408 in prize money after making a three-way deal. The 34-year-old now has more than $47.8 million in tournament winnings, high for fourth place on poker’s all-time money list.

This was Chidwick’s third title and sixth final table of the year. With 2,270 Card player Points Player of the Year and over $2.6 million to date POY extension earnings, Chidwick now sits in 20th place in 2023 POY extension ranking presented by Global Poker.

Isaac Haxton took home $262,139 as runner-up, while Seth Davies earned $273,974 as part of the deal before finishing third.

Joao VieiraThe following day, a €25,000 buy-in no-limit tournament was held. A total of 38 entries were made in the high roller event, creating a prize pool worth $976,247 which was paid out to the top six finishers.

When the dust settled, the last player standing was two-time bracelet winner Joao Vieira. The Portuguese poker pro earned $336,868 for the win after defeating Frenchman Jean-Noel Thorel heads-up for the title.

This was Vieira’s second title and third final table of the year, but he still hadn’t finished adding to his Monaco totals. The day after his win, Vieira managed to fight his way through a field of 40 entries to the business end of another €25,000 buy-in high roller, this time finishing third for $159,270.

Isaac HaxtonVieira’s elimination left Isaac Haxton and Seth Davies in title contention. The pair worked out a deal and Haxton ultimately secured the title and $288,545 in prize money. This was his fifth title and 12th place at the final table of 2023. With 4,342 points, Haxton moved up to third place in the standings POY extension classification. Tied with second-placed Ren Lin for most finals at the table and his $5.6 million to date POY extension earnings lead all contenders this year. Its closest competitor in that category is Same Greenwood with $3.8 million.

Haxton’s big two scores in Monte Carlo boosted his career earnings to $37.5 million, placing him 12th on the all-time earnings list.

Davies took home $297,173 as runner-up. THE Poker World Tour the champion now has $21.1 million in recorded scores to his name over the course of his career. With 3,269 points accumulated in 11 final tables in 2023, he claimed sixth place in the standings POY extension classification. It has already grossed more than $3 million this year.

Below is a look at payments and POY extension points awarded in these three events.

€50,000 High Roller (May 1)

Place Player Earnings POY extension Points
1 Stephen Chidwick $240,408 204
2 Isaac Haxton $262,139 170
3 Seth Davis $273,974 136
4 Sirzat Hissou $105,877 102

€25,000 High Roller (May 2)

Place Player Earnings POY extension Points
1 Joao Vieira $336,868 336
2 Jean Noël Thorel $219,671 280
3 Timothy Busso $151,298 224
4 Biao Ding $112,243 168
5 Corel Theuma $87,847 140
6 Christoph Vogelsang $68,320 112

€25,000 High Roller (May 3)

Place Player Earnings POY extension Points
1 Isaac Haxton $288,545 420
2 Seth Davis $297,173 350
3 Joao Vieira $159,270 280
4 Alex Kulev $118,182 210
5 Alexei Ponakovs $92,502 175
6 Adrian Matthew $71,958 140

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