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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

The final table of this tournament was packed full with Team Pokerstars Pokerstars Pros and you can join them online by signing-up and depositing today!

2013 EPT Grand Final Set for Thrilling Finish

by | Published: Friday, May 10th, 2013

The Pokerstars Pokerstars and Monte-Carlo Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event is set for a thrilling finish with a number of leading players still in contention to win the tournament.

At the conclusion of Day 3 only thirty-four players remained in the hunt while the top ten was filled with some of Poker’s biggest names including John Juanda, Noah Schwartz, Jason Mercier and Daniel Negreanu.

Team Pokerstars Pokerstars professional Johnny Lodden increased his chip lead and now has a commanding stack of 1,232,000, well clear of Steve O’Dywer (963,000), Andre Pantling (943,000) and Juanda (939,000).

Juanda is a five time World Series of Poker bracelet winner but hasn’t claimed a major tournament victory since his win in the $ 10,000 No Limit Deuce To Seven Draw World Championship at the 2011 World Series of Poker.

He finished second in the 2010 European Poker Tour London Main Event and will be desperately hoping to go one better this weekend.

In contrast tenth placed Negreanu is coming of a major tournament victory after his win in the inaugural World Series of Poker Asia Pacific Main Event.

The Canadian is playing some of the best poker of his career and sounds as though he is full of confidence.

“In the money at the European Poker Tour Grand Final,” Negreanu posted on Twitter.

“My third cash in a row coming one off a fourth and a win at the WSOP APAC.

“Might as well do it again.”

Fellow Team Pokerstars Pokerstars pro Jason Mercier is well positioned for a deep run with 746,000 in chips.

Mercier has already had a successful European Poker Tour Grand Final, winning the € 2,000 Open Face Chinese Poker event, and is a leading contender to add another EPT Title to his resume.

Day four of the European Poker Tour Grand Final Main commences soon and you can stay up to date with all the action at Poker.Com.

You can play online poker with Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier and Johnny Lodden at Pokerstars Pokerstars.