Steve O’Dwyer outplayed some of the biggest names in Poker to win the 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 Poker.com.
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