Pair of EPT Paris Wins Highlight Post-Bubble Life for Chris Brewer

Chris Brewer is on the upswing with two major scores at EPT Paris.

Jeff Walsh
Feb 22, 2023
Chris Brewer wins the PokerStars EPT Paris €50,000 Super High Roller. (photo courtesy: PokerStars)

Chris Brewer’s reputation as a perennial bubble boy is officially behind him.

There was a time, not that long ago, when the high-stakes crusher was renowned as a bit of a hard-luck pro. A talented player who suffered some of the sickest beats in the biggest spots of his career to barely miss out on life-changing money. 

But at this week at PokerStars EPT Paris, Brewer is officially on the bounce back. In fact, it’s more like back-to-back as Brewer, in the span of roughly 48 hours, took down a pair of high rollers at the festival – one of which was for a seven-figure USD score, the biggest of his career.

His first win of the year came earlier this week in a €25,000 NLHE single-day event with a modest 33 runners. Brewer outlasted a final table that included Daniel Dvoress, Nick Petrangelo, and eventual runner-up Felipe Ketzer to book a $380,748 win.

Just two days later, Brewer was posing for another winner’s photo in the €50,000 Super High Roller event. A total of 50 entries pushed the prize pool north of $3.4 million with notables Thomas Muhlocker, Steve O’ Dwyer, and Pedro Marques among those who made the money. Brewer defeated Jules Dickerson in heads-up play to take home the win and hoist the trophy.

Brewer’s haul for the two-day event was €959,520 (which exchanges to $1,026,159) – technically his first million-dollar score.

Chris Brewer picked up a pair of high-roller wins at 2023 EPT Paris.

And that’s a score that he had a legit shot at just 18 months ago. At the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas Brewer was one of the final four players battling it out in Super High Roller Bowl VI. Joining Brewer at the table were high-roller titans Sean Winter, Justin Bonomo, and Michael Addamo. Brewer was sitting third in chips when a big-stacked Bonomo made a move on the button to put pressure on the short-stacked Winter and Brewer. When Brewer woke up with Diamond ASpade Q he made the call. Bonomo turned over Heart 10Heart 4 and ended up making a flush and sending Brewer to the rail in painful fashion. Winter went on pick up the $1,008,000 third-place prize 10 minutes later.

While there were plenty of needles about Brewer’s penchant for bubbling to be had over the past 12 months, a quick look at his 2022 would prove that he took a pro’s approach to variance and continued to grind. Last year alone, Brewer racked up nearly $3 million of his career $7.8 million including an impressive 10 six-figure scores.

It’s likely that the memory of finishing fourth in the Super High Roller Bowl VI (and missing out on that million-dollar-plus score) may never fade, but results like what Brewer had this week in Paris can turn those once-open wounds into story-telling scars that were simply a necessary experiences to help him get to where he is today.