Steve O'Dwyer Wins 2016 Aussie Millions LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge
Poker Pro Tops Field Of 16 Entries In Quarter-Million Buy-In To Win $951,960 AUD
Steve O’Dwyer cannot be stopped.
In 2015 he made 10 final tables and won 4 titles, cashing for more than $4.5 million. In just the first month of 2016 he made four more final tables, capturing two titles and cashing for $2,820,030 along the way. The most recent of those title runs came in the 2016 Aussie Millions LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge. O’Dywer topped a field of 16 entries in the quarter-million AUD buy-in super high roller event to win $951,960 AUD ($744,829 USD).
As a result of this latest win O’Dwyer has moved to 14th on the live poker tournament all-time money list, overtaking Michael Mizrachi with his new earnings total of $14,863,825.
In addition to the money O’Dwyer also scored 600 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win. With fourth place finishes in the WPT Philippines $200,000 super high roller and the Aussie Millions $25,000 high roller as well as wins in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $50,000 high roller and this event, O’Dwyer has surged into second place in the POY standings. He has already accumulated 2,178 points in just the month of January. That’s nearly a third of the points earned in all of last year by reigning POY winner Anthony Zinno, who had an incredible 12 months on the circuit.
Only the top three players were slated to cash in this high stakes small-field event, but the final four of O’Dwyer, David Peters, Connor Drinan and recent Aussie Millions $100,000 challenge winner Fabian Quoss agreed to make a deal that distributed the prize pool between them, leaving only $100,000 AUD, the title and a championship ring to play for.
In the end it came down to O’Dwyer and Peters for the title. O’Dwyer began the battle with the lead and still had a slight advantage when the final hand arose. With blinds at 20,000 – 40,000 O’Dwyer raised from the button to 100,000 and Peters defended from the big blind. The flop brought the Q63 and Peters checked. O’Dwyer bet 115,000 and Peters made the call, prompting the dealer to roll out the 10 on the turn. Once again Peters check-called, this time to the tune of 230,000. The river brought the 7 and Peters checked for a third time. O’Dwyer moved all in for Peters roughly 1.4 million, having him covered by a few hundred thousand. Peters quickly called with the Q7 for two pair, only to get shown the Q10 for a higher two pair for O’Dwyer.
With that Peters was sent to the rail as the runner up and O’Dwyer captured his latest high roller title.
Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded in this event:
|Place||Player||Earnings (USD)||POY Points|
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|3||Vegas Casinos Stiffed On $110M In Markers|
|4||Darren Elias Wins Third WPT Tour Title|
|5||Portis To Go To Trial Over Gambling Debt|
|6||ACR Brings Back Online Poker's Glory Days|
|7||Black Friday Defendant Finally Faces Charges|
|8||Goalie Investigated Over Pie Eating Prop Bet|
|9||Hand of the Week: Koray Aldemir vs. Wai Kin Yong|
|10||Aussie Lawmaker Tells Poker Players To Get VPN|
|1||Dan Cates: Tom Dwan 'Gambled Beyond His Means'|
|2||Las Vegas Strip Area To Lose Poker Room|
|3||Feds 'Looking Into' High-Stakes Poker Player: Report|
|4||Doug Polk: Five Preflop Mistakes In No-Limit Hold’em|
|5||Another WSOP Bracelet Hits eBay, But This Time For Charity|
|6||Hellmuth, Matusow Play Heads-Up At LAPC Event|
|7||Zajmovic Becomes First Ever Female WPT Champion|
|8||Brian Rast Talks About Playing $3 Million Pot|
|9||Poker Bot Crushes Humans In Historic Match|
|10||'Hangover' Actor Arrested For Hitting Gambler At Casino|