Steve O’Dwyer wins PokerStars EPT Grand Final

Posted by Steve Ruddock on May 14, 2013 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

ept_monte_carloIt was the summer of 2011 when the poker world was officially introduced to a talented young tournament player named Steve O’Dwyer after he won the Bellagio Cup VII Main Event. Now, O’Dwyer wasn’t an unknown at this point in his career, he had already made a number of final tables and pocketed multiple six-figure scores, but from here on out O’Dwyer was no longer considered just another tournament grinder, and despite the fact that his resume still lacked a major tournament victory O’Dwyer was one of the most talked about poker players on the tournament trail. But after taking down the 2013 PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) Grand Final O’Dwyer finally has that major tournament victory, capping his already impressive resume.

Not only did O’Dwyer win one of the most prestigious tournaments in poker, he did it against what is already considered one of the greatest final tables in the history of poker. And considering the relatively young age of the final table participants, the 2013 EPT Grand Final final table is only going to become more impressive as years go by. So who did O’Dwyer beat on his way to his first seven-figure payday? Here is a look at the final table payouts for the EPT Grand Final Main Event:

1. Steve O’Dwyer – €1,224,000

2. Andrew Pantling – €842,000

3. Johnny Lodden – €467,000

4. Daniel Negreanu – €321,000

5. Jake Cody – €251,000

6. Noah Schwartz – €189,000

7. Jason Mercier – €137,000

8. Grant Levy – €103,000

At the beginning of the final table it was O’Dwyer and Pantling who held massive chip-leads over the rest of the table, so it’s really no surprise that the two would end up playing heads-up for the title, despite the incredibly talented field they faced. O’Dwyer and Pantling started the final table with well over 4 million chips, while the rest of the table was at 1.6 million and below.

The early attention was on Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu, who headlined the star-studded final table. Not only was Negreanu fresh off a WSOP APAC Main Event victory just weeks ago, but a win in the EPT Grand Final Main Event would have seen him join four others, including EPT Grand final table participant Jake Cody, as Triple Crown winners.

O’Dwyer now has one of the better five-year resumes in poker, and is definitely one of the players expected to go on to even bigger and better things:

* 4 EPT final tables

* 3 WPT final tables

* $4.8 million in tournament earnings

* A WPT National Series Main Event win

* 2 WSOP Final tables

* 2 cashes in the WSOP Main Event


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