What Do We Know About Stephen Chidwick Life, Wife, & Net Worth
The British professional poker player, Stephen, led the Global Poker Index (GPI) from April 18 to October 9, 2018, and now stands in the 7th place. Chidwick has over $38 million in total live earnings. This means he is the 4th on the All-Time Money List and first in the UK. Let us sneak a peek into Stephen Chidwick’s poker and personal life to find out what made him stand out in the poker world!
Stephen Chidwick Biography
Stephen James Chidwick was born on May 10th, 1989, in Deal, Kent, England. We don’t know much about his childhood or his parents. Still, from his poker-playing style, we guess he had been raised in a typical disciplined British family!
As far as his poker career, he started to play poker in his adolescence. He was crushing in free tournaments, so he decided to play for real money. He began at online Multi-table Tournaments(MTT) and STTs(single-table tournaments). His screen name was “stevie444,” and he played using this title on PokerStars and Full Tilt. Stephen loved to play in live tournaments, and in 2008, he joined live events. Since that year, he crushed it and won more than $37 million in live tournament winnings, making him the biggest live tournament earner in Britain.
Stephen Chidwick Poker Career
There is little information available about his early career. Still, according to one of his interviews, before poker happened, he wanted to become a pro golf player. He used to practice a lot and tried to become really at it. Until poker happened at the age of 16, and he fell in love with the game instantly. Although it was a hobby, things got serious, and poker became a lifetime career.
According to various sources, Stephen earned his big bankroll from freeroll tournaments on PokerStars and Full Tilt. He won 101 seats to the WSOP Main Event through online satellites before the legal age for playing in United States poker events.
The British pro poker player won over $3,000,000 in online MTT winnings by the age of 25, which is quite impressive on its own. The number now exceeds $5,000,000!! Also, he earned over 1.5 million in live cashes in his relatively young career. This undoubtedly makes him one of the top talents in poker today.
His first live appearance was in EPT in Prague. A month after that, Stephen played at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. His first big win was in PCA 2008(PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Bahamas) when he played in the turbo tournament, won the $1,000 NLHE event, and earned $88,760 in prize money.
Stephen is a live poker person! This means he loves playing live and interacting with hundreds of players. We don’t call him the best tournament player in the world for nothing! During the COVID-19 pandemic, he was back to playing online poker, but he returned to live tables as soon as the lockdowns were lifted. Stephen’s peak performance was at the end of the 2010s when he was mainly involved in playing live tournaments than online poker.
|Stephen Chidwick Live Tournaments Highlights|
|2013||Finished 3rd in the €5,300 EPT Main Event in Prague for $517,992|
|2014||Finished 3rd in the €50,000 EPT Super High Roller for $436,236|
|2016||Finished 6th at the €100,000 EPT High Roller in Monte Carlo and won $428,358|
|2018||Finished 3rd in the $300K Aria Super High Roller Bowl for $1,512,000; 2nd in the partypoker MILLIONS Barcelona €100K Super High Roller for $1,352,531; 3rd in the Main Event at the partypoker MILLIONS Barcelona for $1,233,654; and 6th place in the HK$2,100,000 Macau Super High Roller Bowl for $1,298,521|
|2019||Finished 2nd in the HK$1,000,000 Triton Refresh event and won $1,128,685|
|2020||Earned the title of Australian Poker Open Champion|
|2021||Made a runner-up finish in the $50,000 NLHE event for $504,000 at the US Poker Open|
As seen in the table above, 2018 was an extraordinary year in Stephen’s poker career. He had a lot of top finishes and became the #1 ranked player on the Global Poker Index. He is the first British poker player to achieve such a result.
In 2019, Stephen played in the most expensive poker tournament in the history of the game, the Triton Million, for £1 000 000. Stephen is a regular feature in the Triton High Roller Series events. For this reason, he is considered a high high-roller poker player! The same year, he became the first British pro poker player to win the Card Player Player of the Year award. In 2022, he earned the title for the second time!
The “stevie444” account on PokerStars has more than $3.8 million in tournament cashes. The same screen name on Full Tilt has over $1 million. Overall, across all the online poker sites, Stephen has a total of more than $5.300 million in tracked cashes on PocketFives.
His first noticeable online achievement was in October 2006, when he came in 15 in a $109 tournament on UltimateBet and won $104. Next year, in Jan 2007, he won a $215 tourney for $45,000 on UB and set the record for his first cash of more than $10,000 in an online tournament. Two years later, in 2009, the young Stephen earned a $142,155 score by finishing 2nd in a $300 Full Tilt Online Poker Series event. In 2010, he came in 3rd in a $215 World Championship of Online Poker 6-Max event for $130,515.
Stephen transitioned to live poker, but it didn’t stop him from beating his online result record by excelling in the partypoker High Roller Club and winning two events in one day on July 05,2020. He won the $5,200 Big Game for $191,727 and the Mix-Max 2nd Chance for $176,000 in one day.
Chidwick was known as the best high-roller player without a bracelet for a long time until 2019 when he came in first and won $1,618,417 in the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller event. That is his first and only WSOP gold bracelet winning to date. Also, that is his biggest single live tournament cash as of now. Aside from the bracelet, Stephen has more achievements in WSOP events. For example, in 2015, he was the runner-up in the $10K 7-Card Stud Hi-Lo event and won $180,529. Overall, he has cashed in 66 WSOP tournaments for a total of more than $4.300 million.
Stephen Chidwick Wife, Net Worth 2023 & Private Life
2019 was another great year for Stephen, his French wife, Marine Jouaillec, and their newborn girl. Their beautiful daughter was born this year, and Stephen won his first-ever WSOP gold bracelet.
In 2014 the couple moved to Playa Del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Yet, they don’t really have a home! Stephen travels a lot to play in different poker tournaments, and most of the time, his wife and, since 2019, his little girl have traveled with him. He does not like to travel without his family. Luckily enough, Marine is pretty supportive and goes around with him. In fact, Marine takes care of all the logistics and traveling stuff! During the Covid pandemic, he struggled like everyone else because he could not travel due to the lockdowns. Still, he spent quality time with his family in the mountains. They managed to make it to Canada right before the board was closed. The silver lining of the whole pandemic was watching his daughter grow up because she was less than one year at the start of the pandemic. So, he could spend so much more time with her than he would typically have.
Stephen Chidwick and his wife, Marine, are pretty conservative about their private life. Stephen is not active on Instagram or other social media. His Facebook page has not been updated since 2016. Marine is no different; her last Facebook activity was in Feb 2022. The couple is equally conservative about their money! But Stephen’s net worth in 2023 is estimated to exceed $8 million.
Stephen’s plan for the next couple of years is to travel to play poker. He keeps traveling and playing poker for as long as he can!
Interesting Facts About Stephen Chidwick
|Full name||Stephen James Chidwick|
|Occupation||Professional high-roller poker player|
|Date of birth||May 10,1989|
|Net Worth||More than $8 million|
|Residence||Playa Del Carmen|
|WSOP Gold Bracelets||1|
|Total live earning||$44,674,071|
|Best live cash||$5,368,947|
|All-time money list||4th|
|UK All time money list||1st|
|GPI Rank in 2023||7th|
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