EPT Barcelona: King of qualifiers

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Right? If you've found your niche, exploit it. Why not?

Stevie Chidwick, from Kent, England, is pretty good at PokerStars satellites. How good? Well, while most people would probably be happy with winning one seat for the World Series main event, Chidwick saw no reason to stop there. He played again, qualified again, and why stop there? He played again, qualified again, and why stop there? He played again, qualified again and why stop there?

Stevie Chidwick: One one of about a million seats

In order to save my typing fingers, I'll flash forward a few paragraphs. For this year's World Series, Chidwick won 102 seats through PokerStars steps satellites: that's a million dollars worth of qualification. And onto the EPT. For last year's EPT San Remo, he won 20 seats. For the EPT Warsaw event? Ten seats for that one. He won six for EPT Barcelona; four for EPT London; four for LAPT events and 28 entries into World Series of Online Poker events.

Last week, he won the $100 re-buy on PokerStars ... tired of hearing this yet?

Of course, you can only sit in one seat at any one time in the world away from the multi-tables of PokerStars. And if you're 19, as Chidwick is, you can't even sit in a single seat in Las Vegas, which means he cashed in all of those WSOP seats. But he's here in Barcelona where he's having the time of his life. And the very good news is that Chidwick remains amazingly humble despite his qualification prowess; humble enough to get properly impressed by a double plasma screen TV, and a huge bathtub in the hotel room afforded to PokerStars Supernova elites.

Actually he's a PokerStars Supernova elite two times over if you're interested, and has in the region of 7.5million frequent player points. Enough? It's never enough.

Howard Swains
@howardswains in European Poker Tour