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|
|1||A Poker Life: Mike Shariati|
|2||EPT Champ Chorny Files Suit Over Failed Business|
|3||Bicknell Wins 2016 WSOP $1,500 NLH Bounty Event|
|4||Martin Kozlov Wins WSOP $10K Six-Max NLH Event|
|5||George Danzer Wins WSOP $10K Stud 8/ob Event|
|6||Towner Wins 2016 WSOP $1,500 Monster Stack|
|7||Final Table Set At CPPT bestbet Jacksonville Main Event|
|8||Crazy Gambling Stories From June|
|9||John Hennigan Wins WSOP $10K Triple Draw Event|
|10||Dejuante Alexander Wins Hollywood Poker Open Championship|
|1||Selbst Could Owe Mercier $1.8M In Controversial Bet|
|2||Disgraced Poker Player Returns To The WSOP|
|3||Jason Mercier Close To Bracelet No. 3|
|4||Lederer Follows Ferguson, Makes Return To WSOP|
|5||Rainer Kempe Wins 2016 Super High Roller Bowl|
|6||Dan Bilzerian: Kevin Hart Is Terrible At Poker|
|7||Jason Mercier Wins His Second Bracelet Of 2016 WSOP|
|8||2016 WSOP Colossus II Draws 21,613 Entries|
|9||NFL Player Busts WSOP Main Event Champion|
|10||A Poker Life: Cate Hall|