Matthew Howearth's poker career has built quite significantly over the past year.

Virtually unknown in poker circles before 2018, Howearth came to prominence at the 2018 Aussie Millions where he finished 4th in The Turbo Shot Clock Event, picking up $19,850 for his efforts. That was the biggest win of his career until tonight where he picked up more than double that amount for a grand total of $41,283. This is the high point in what has been very successful Sydney Championships for Howearth. After being the chip leader at the end of Day 1 of the Monster Stack he finished in 29th place and then back it up in the very next tournament, finishing in 29th place in the 6 Max.

Two tournaments in a row where, after getting a start, Howearth fell short. That was not the case in this Omaha event though where he went all the way to take out the title, in a very important moment to him personally.

"This event meant a lot to me," Howearth told the Star Poker Live Reporting Team. "I have had a good series so far getting deep in a few tournaments. This is my biggest ever win which is a great feeling for me".

The win was made even more special by the quality of opponents in the event. This wasn't a big field event where players could just find their way in to the final table, this was a tough slog where every player was extremely talented.

To prove this we need to look no further than our final table. We had WSOP Bracelet Winner, Gary Benson who has more than $2,000,000 in tournament earnings. Christine Hia who has won three major tournaments here in the last 2 years including the Ladies Event at this series and the 2016 WSOP Omaha Event and Corey Kempson who is an extremely revered online player with excellent technical ability. 

"It was definitely a tough field," Howearth recalled. "I knew I couldn't make a mistake. I just focussed on finding my groove and ensuring that I did the best I could at all times." 

Howearth certainly did find his groove, especially when he was heads-up for the title against Mark Fester. It became very clear that this tournament was only heading one way.

That makes it three cashes for Matthew Howearth here at the 2018 Sydney Championships. With this kind of form, don't be surprised to see him at the business end of the Main Event when it starts in just a few days time!