Canadian top pro Timothy Adams has added another massive win to his stellar live tournament resume by taking down Event #3 $25,000 No Limit Hold’em at the Australian Poker Open for A$416,500. With this win and after beating Stephen Chidwick heads up, Adams is now the 28th player in poker history to cash for a total of $19,000,000 in live events.

“This final table was really tough with all guys I’m used to playing against. At the high stakes you play mainly against all the same players and those guys are all really great and I’m very happy that I won. To win a tournament a lot of things have to go your way and today that happened to me.”

Australian Poker Open Event #3 Results
1 Timothy Adams Canada $416,500 300
2 Stephen Chidwick United Kingdom $269,500 210
3 Andy Lee Australia $183,750 150
4 Steve O’Dwyer Ireland $122,500 120
5 Orpen Kisacikoglu Turkey $98,000 90
6 Aaron Van Blarcum United States $73,500 60
7 Chino Rheem United States $61,250 60

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The six-handed action started with a bang as Aaron Van Blarcum was eliminated right off the bat. Van Blarcum was all in with ace-three and up against Stephen Chidwick’s pocket sevens and those held up.

Orpen Kisacikoglu busted a few hands later in fifth place when he was the victim of a big cooler running ace-queen suited into Chidwick’s ace-king. This fifth-place marked Kisacikoglu’s second Australian Poker Open cash which makes him a strong contender for the overall Championship.

Having started the day as the short stack, Steve O’Dwyer laddered up two pay jumps before busting in fourth place to Andy Lee. Lee, who started the day as the chip leader, called O’Dwyer’s small shove with ace-six suited against the Irishman’s ace-queen. The board gave Lee a flush and O’Dwyer busted in fourth.

Andy Lee
Andy Lee flanked by Stephen Chidwick and Steve O’Dwyer at the final table of Event #3.

While the Aussies started every final table of the Australian Poker Open with the chip lead, they have yet to close one out as Andy Lee finished third today. Lee’s final hand was especially painful as he ended up all-in on the turn with top pair against Adam’s king-high flush draw. The river brought a heart to break Lee’s and send him to the rail.

Chidwick and Adams played heads up for only a few short hands, all of which were won by the Canadian. On the final hand, Adams’ pocket sevens held up against Chidwick’s ace-five to snag the win and a hefty 300 championship points.

Looking at his career at the highest stakes, Adams is still thriving and passionate but despite his tremendous success, he thinks he might only have a few years left at this level.

“I’ve been playing for so long now, and I’m still very passionate about the game, but I can’t do this my whole life. This game takes a toll on you, the travel, the playing, the studying, it’s really a full-time job. I think I have a few good years left though, and maybe then I can relax a bit more.”

Adams now ranks third on the Australian Poker Open standings, and despite not playing the Pot Limit Omaha tournament today, he will be jumping into all other upcoming events to give himself a good chance at winning the $50,000 top prize.

“I was already planning on playing all the other events so nothing changes on that front. We’ll see if things go my way and I’m just going to try my best to win.”

2020 Australian Poker Open Championship Standings
Name Country Payout Points
1 Mike Watson Canada $241,500 450
2 Andras Nemeth Hungary $181,600 360
3 Timothy Adams Canada $416,500 300
4 Stephen Chidwick United Kingdom $269,500 210
5 Orpen Kisacikoglu Turkey $157,000 210
6 Michael O’Grady Australia $118,000 210
7 Najeem Ajez Australia $93,600 210
8 Andy Lee Australia $183,750 150
9 Benjamin Shannon Australia $82,600 150
10 Steve O’Dwyer Ireland $122,500 120
11 David ‘Chino’ Rheem United States $82,250 120
12 Joni Jouhkimainen Finland $43,000 120
13 Jamie Lee United States $47,200 90
14 Sean Winter United States $34,400 90
15 Aaron Van Blarcum United States $73,500 60
16 Elio Fox United States $29,500 60
17 Erik Seidel United States $25,800 60
18 Ben Lamb United States $23,600 60
19 Luc Greenwood Canada $17,700 60
Stephen Chidwick, Chino Rheem, Timothy Adams, Andy Lee, Orpen Kisacikoglu, Steve O'Dwyer, Aaron Van Blarcum