Chris Brewer was one of the breakout stars on the live tournament circuit in 2021. He came into last year with just over half of a million in recorded tournament earnings. Since then, he has cashed for nearly $4.9 million, including strong showings in a number of the toughest high-stakes events in the world.
Brewer secured his third title of the year by taking down the Triton Series Madrid €20,000 buy-in short deck event for €372,000. The 29-year-old American poker pro defeated a field of 62 entries for the win, increasing his career earnings to nearly $5.4 million in the process.
Brewer very well could have been out in sixth place, but some confusion during a hand resulted in him avoiding elimination in a spot that would have likely seen him hit the rail. With antes of 50,000 and 100,000 on the button, Brewer picked up QHeart SuitQDiamond Suit from under the gun and open-raised to 2,000,000 off of a stack of 3,100,000. It folded around to Yong, who was the last to act on the button. Yong opened up his hand to sweat whether or not he would call what he apparently interpreted as an all-in from Brewer. He revealed the ASpade SuitADiamond Suit and announced a call. The floor was brought over and the ruling was made that the hand would continue, with Brewer still having 1.1 million behind, despite Yong’s hand having been shown. The flop brought two more aces to give Yong quads and Brewer folded out of turn to bring the strange hand to an end. Brewer later took to social media to discuss the situation.
Brewer had lost the majority of his stack in the hand, but was still in, and was ultimately able to come back to win the event.
Final table results:
Chris Brewer – $390 600
Michael Watson – $282 555
Robert Yong – $182 280
Max Silver – $138 075
Webster Lim – $106 785
Devan Tang – $83 265
Tom Dwan – $66 360