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O’Dwyer wins European Poker Tour Grand Final

by | Published: Monday, May 13th, 2013

Steve O’Dwyer outplayed some of the biggest names in Poker to win the Pokerstars Pokerstars European Poker Tour Grand Final at Monte Carlo on Sunday.

O’Dwyer negotiated players of the caliber of Jason Mercier, Noah Schwartz and Daniel Negreanu at the final to take home the first place prize of €1,224,000 but admitted he needed a bit of luck to do so.

“Coming into the final table I knew that I needed to get lucky to win,” O’Dwyer said.

“All these guys are so good and it was really going to come down to who had the best day and that was me.”

The first player eliminated from the final table was former APPT Sydney and ANZPT Melbourne winner Grant Levy and he was quickly followed to the rail by Mercier – who was considered by many to be the biggest threat at the final table.

After an hour of fairly conservative play the table exploded when Jake Cody and Schwartz both went all-in on the same hand only to be eliminated by Negreanu.

Negreanu was full of confidence after claiming the massive pot and was in a fabulous position to claim his first ever European Poker Tour Title.

However, it was not too be for Negreanu who was desperately unlucky when his Pocket Queens didn’t hold up against the Pocket Nines of Johnny Lodden.

After Negreanu’s elimination the tournament was anybody’s to win and O’Dwyer, Lodden and Andrew Pantling who took turns at holding the chip lead.

O’Dwyer eventually eliminated Lodden but Pantling held a narrow chip lead and refused to consider the possibility of a deal.

O’Dwyer admitted that Pantling refusing to take a deal put more pressure on the heads-up battle.

“I thought that the toughest part was over when we got to heads-up,” O’Dwyer said.

“There was more pressure when he didn’t want to deal, it was very stressful but I’m glad that I ran as well as I did.”

O’Dwyer quickly took the chip lead away from Pantling and raced away to a sizeable advantage after he won a monster pot just after the dinner break.

Pantling looked as though he might have been able to get himself back in the contest when he moved all-in with a flush but was devastated when O’Dwyer made quads on the turn to win the tournament.

O’Dwyer has narrowly missed out on winning a European Poker Tour title on a couple of occasions in the past and said it was “very satisfying” to finally win one of the prestigious events.

The European Poker Tour Grand Final is not over just yet with €100,000 Super High Roller taking place and we will keep you up to date with all the action here at

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Dimitar Danchev Wins 2013 Poker Stars Caribbean Adventure Main Event

by | Published: Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Bulgarian Dimitar Danchev has outlasted a field of 986 players to win the 2013 Poker Stars Caribbean Adventure Main Event.

The victory was easily the biggest of the twenty-seven year-old’s career as he took home the first place prize of $1,859,000 from the monster prize pool of $ 9,573,900.

The victory was the first ever European Poker Tour victory for a Bulgarian and puts Danchev well and truly on top of the all-time Bulgarian tournament winnings leaderboard.

Danchev was delighted to have achieved his first major tournament victory especially in front of a large group of friends and Bulgarian supporters.

“It feels amazing, really,” Danchev said.

“I really felt the support.

“This is for them, too.”

The star of Bulgarian Poker hopes that his success can lead to a boom period in Bulgarian poker and more players from his country scoring big tournament victories.

“This is a big thing for my country,” Danchev said.

“Bulgaria poker is developing really good and will be top level very soon.”

Danchev finished second in the 2011 European Poker Tour San Remo Main Event, after being a massive favorite to win the final hand, and said the disappointment of that loss motivated him to finish the job yesterday.

The 2013 Poker Stars Caribbean Adventure has had a major international flavor with Australian Grant Levy adding to the list of non-American players who have had won a bracelet in the event by capturing the $5,300 six-max title.

Levy has been one of the most consistent players on the Australian Poker circuit claiming victory in the Main Event of the 2007 APPT Sydney and the 2011 ANZPT Perth title.

The Poker Stars Caribbean Adventure tournament concludes with the stacked final table of the $25,000 High Roller.

Still remaining in the hunt to claim the bracelet is Vanessa Selbst who is guaranteed to become the all-time winningest female live tournament poker player no matter where she finishes at the final table.

The Caribbean Adventure event is sponsored by Poker Stars and you can prepare for next year’s event by joining all the leading players online!