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by Bridget Wright | Published: Monday, May 13th, 2013
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.
The final table of this tournament was packed full with Team Pokerstars Pros and you can join them online by signing-up and depositing today!
by Bridget Wright | Published: Friday, May 10th, 2013
The 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 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 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.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Friday, March 15th, 2013
It is a big week of tournament poker action with the European Poker Tour London and Asia Pacific Poker Tour Seoul events both taking place.
There are only fifteen players left heading into the fifth day of the European Poker Tour London Main Event with American Steve O’Dwyer the chip leader with 2,279,000 in chips.
O’Dwyer is the only American left in the tournament with the final fifteen a virtual United Nations of Poker.
Three players from the United Kingdom, two from Lebanon and Sweden as well as a representative from Finland, Denmark, Russia, France, Lithuania, Netherlands and Germany remain in the field.
The biggest name left in the field is Team Poker Stars Pro Theo Jorgensen who is well placed in sixth position with 1,474,000 in chips.
Day five of the tournament will commence shortly and play will continue until there are eight players remaining for the final table.
The first starting flight of the 2013 PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour Seoul Main Event took place at the Paradise Walkerhill Casino and featured 122 players.
After eight action packed levels only fifty players remain in contention with Benjamin Richardson (111,600) and Manami Hayamizu (104,800) holding commanding chip stacks.
A number of big names were unable to progress to the second day of the tournament.
Joseph Cheong started the day poorly when his Aces were cracked by Queens and he never fully recovered before being eliminated well before the end of the days play.
Team Poker Stars Pro Bryan Huang also made the trip to Seoul but never really found his footing and was one of the first players eliminated from the tournament.
The second opening day flight of the event takes place today.
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