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Chidwick takes the lead in the CPPT Player of the Year race

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Chidwick takes the lead in the CPPT Player of the Year race

As 2018 began to develop, everything pointed to Toby Lewis holding onto the lead in the CPPT Player of the Year (POY) race. However, the tables have turned, and Stephen Chidwick has now taken the lead following several impressive finishes this past month. Justin Bonomo also scored a couple of victories that pushed Lewis down even further. It’s not over yet, though, and Lewis certainly hasn’t given up.

Chidwick finished second at the €101,000 NLHE tournament during the MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona. This gave him a nice prize of $1.36 million plus 500 POY points. He wasn’t done yet, though, and finished in third place four days later at the MILLIONS €10,300 main event, earning $1.24 million and 1,600 points. In all, Chidwick has racked up over $5.4 million this year, and a total of 4,815 POY points to take the lead.

In the €25,000 MILLIONS High Roller tournament, Bonomo finished in eighth place for $73,800 and 126 oints. He then hopped over to Monte Carlo for the EPT €100,000 NLHE Super High Roller tourney, finishing fifth for $485K and 250 points. Less than a day later, he took fourth place at the €50,000 single day event, pocketing another $276,000 and 255 points. Bonomo now sits about 800 points behind Chidwick with 4,047 points.

The race is far from over. Lewis may have dropped to third place with 3,780 points, but the season isn’t yet drawing to a close. Lewis will, however, need to pick up his game if he plans on recapturing the lead.


Hailing from Wisconsin but arriving in Las Vegas in 1995, I'm better known at various US online poker rooms under the pen name "OreoBob" and "SoyFlush". I'm an avid poker player and editor-at-large who has contributed as a freelance writer for diverse national and international iGaming publications since 2004.

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