Steve O’Dwyer secured his fifth European Poker Tour (EPT) win when he took home the 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $50,000 Single-Day High Roller title, defeating an 80-entry field and winning just under $1 million.
The tournament had only 30-minute levels, forcing the fast paced players to finish the game in just one sitting. The prize pool, formed by 58 unique players and 22 reentries, was a whopping $3,860,000. A number of well-known professionals didn’t manage to make it into the money, including Adrian Metros, Joe McKeehen and Global Poker Index Player of the Year Byron Kaverman.
Ivan Luca knocked Paul Newey out in eighth place and Bryn Kenney, winner of the $100,000 Super High Roller, in seventh. Next, a three-way all-in sent Canadian Daniel Dvoress out in sixth.
Erik Seidel was then eliminated in fifth, also by Luca, but that is when the Argentinian’s luck started to ran out. When it was down to four-handed play, Issac Haxton took the lead but then lost it to Connor Drinan, who eventually finished him off in third place in Level 21.
Soon after, O’Dwyer found a lucky flop and that one hand was all it took to send Luca away in third with just under half a million dollars. The final two players then struck a deal, with O’Dwyer locking up $914,811 and $870,625 for Drinan.
It was almost half an hour later before the last hand began, O’Dwyer moved all in from the button with an A♢, 3♢ and Drinan called with a Q♢, 10♡. The flop (3♡, 4♤, 6♤) gave O’Dwyer a pair and the turn sealed the deal with a second sweet card for the eventual winner (A♡). The river (5♤) proved useless for Drinan and he was sent home without the trophy.
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The Irishman is also the holder of titles in the EPT9 Grand Final Main Event, PCA 2015 (EPT11) $100k Super High Roller, EPT12 Malta €10k One-Day High Roller, and the EPT12 Prague €50k Super High Roller.
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