Steve O'Dwyer Wins WPT National DenmarkMarch 4, 2012 2:55 pm
US pro Steve O’Dwyer has won the 2102 WPT National Denmark, after defeating a field of 289 players on his way to claiming the title, and the 893,960 kroner ($160,000) first place prize.
The final table of the €1,650 buy-in event in Vejle, Denmark, was reached after a short-stacked Thomas Windtbjerg (K-10) pushed all-in over the top of Steve O’Dwyer’s Q-10 raise, with a Q subsequently falling on the turn.
Saturday’s final table then got underway with O’Dwyer the only non-Dane at the table and way out in front as the chip leader (2.636m), ahead of Martin Tønnesen (1.524m) in second place. Considerably further behind were the remaining finalists, which included Kenneth Laursen (532k), Jan V. Sørensen (443k), Justin Lund (377k) and Claus Uhrskov on a 272k stack.
Eventually, Steve O’Dwyer eliminated all the players at the final table before going heads-up holding a 4 to 1 advantage over Martin Tønnesen. Nevertheless, Tønnesen managed to fight back to hold more than a 3 to 1 chip lead over O’Dwyer until a monstrous three-barreled bluff by the Dane (Ah-8s) into a Qd-Js-3h-5h-Jh board proved to be his undoing. O’Dwyer’s held the Kh-10h, and so gained the upper hand, before a short-stacked Martin Tønnesen with A-9 pushed his remaining chips into the pocket tens of O’Dwyer.
Tønnesen then finished the runner-up, while Steve O’Dwyer was crowned the 2012 WPT National Denmark Champion. A couple of weeks earlier, O’Dwyer finished 7th at the EPT Copenhagen for $51,265, and commenting on his recent good run in Denmark, said:
“Its been a lucky two weeks for me. Anytime I play a big pot, no matter if I’m ahead or behind, it doesn’t seem like I ever lose.”
It seems like some of his fellow pros agree, too, with Scott Seiver tweeting:
“Huge congratulations to @steveodwyer He’s on a @JasonMercier level European run right now.”
And Doyle Brunson adding:
“You are right. I played with Odwyer in London and he impressed me, which is pretty hard to do.”