Steve O’Dwyer Wins Partypoker £25,500 Super High Roller for £450k

Steve O'Dwyer Wins Partypoker £25,500 Super High Roller for £450k

Steve O’Dwyer was one of several US pros making the more than 4,000 mile journey across the pond to the United Kingdom in order to compete at the latest stop on the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS. Jet lag doesn’t seem to have been much of a problem, though, with the 36 year-old pro taking down its first event, the £25,500 Super High Roller, for a massive £450,000 ($592,448) payday.


The partypoker LIVE MILLIONS was launched in 2017, with Group Head of partypoker Tom Waters stating at the time that player feedback helped partypoker create the popular series offering both high guaranteed prize pools, as well as plenty of “fun off the felt.” The tour has proved a popular draw ever since, and hosts stops in numerous countries around the world, including Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, Canada, and Russia, to name but a few.

The latest leg of its journey was the UK, which plays host to the tour from September 29th to October 7th at the Dusk Till Dawn club in Nottingham. During its five-event schedule, £8.5 million has been allocated in prize guarantees, including £5 million for its £5,300 Main Event. The additional tournaments have buy-ins ranging from £550 to as high as £25,500 for its Super High Roller Event.

£25,500 Super High Roller

The £25,500 Super High Roller attracted 51 entries to create a prize pool £275,000 in excess of its £1 million guarantee. Just six money places were subsequently available, and after the final table was reached on Day 2, O’Dwyer (A-K) called Niall Farrell’s (Q-10) all-in shove to eliminated the Scotsman in 6th following a 7-3-2-6-5 board.

Finding himself catapulted into pole position, O’Dwyer used his big stack to good effect and proceeded to eliminate all other remaining players on his way to picking up the title. Next to go was Aymon Hata (8-8), who four-bet shoved his last 20bbs into O’Dwyer’s A-K, only to be ousted from the contest in 5th after a king fell on the flop. He was followed out the door soon after by Christoph Vogelsang (K-K), who raised and then called O’Dwyer’s (A-K) re-shove, but ultimately faltered in 4th following an ace high flop.

Needless to say, fortune seemed to be all going O’Dwyer’s (A-9) way, and once again he managed to crack the pocket pair of an opponent, this time Orpen Kisacikoglu’s pocket jacks, to see him off in 3rd andtake a commanding lead into the final battle against Fabrizio Cataldi.

Heads-Up Recap

By the time he reached the heads-up stage, O’Dwyer held a sizeable 9-to-1 chip lead over his remaining opponent, Fabrizio Cataldi. Following a brief encounter, Gonzalez was down to his last 7bbs, and after O’Dwyer moved all-in preflop holding J-9, the Uruguayan pro quickly made the call with pocket aces. There was to be no turnaround in fortunes, though, and following a J-10-9-J-Q board, Gonzalez had to settle for a runner-up finish worth £286,750 ($377,521). O’Dwyer, on the other hand, collected top honors, as well as 420 POY points, currently placing him at number 31 on the 2018 Player Of the Year rankings on 2,988 points.

12th on ATM

Steve O’Dwyer’s latest $592,448 payday increases his live tournament earnings to $24,388,575, placing him at number 11 on poker’s ‘All Time Money List’, a position previously held by John Juanda. Furthermore, the US pro has now amassed $4,102,847 in 2018 alone, providing him with a golden opportunity to best his most lucrative year to date recorded in 2015 after notching up $4,879,827 in winnings.

In addition to his earnings, O’Dwyer boasts a further $4,977,144 in online earnings playing under the screen name MrTimCaum, of which $2,388,674 has been won on PokerStars, and $1,729,865 on partypoker.

Final Table Results

1st: Steve O’Dwyer £450,000 ($592,448)
2nd: Fabrizio Cataldi £286,750 ($377,521)
3rd: Orpen Kisacikoglu £200,000 ($263,310)
4th: Christoph Vogelsang £140,000 ($184,317)
5th: Aymon Hata £100,000 ($131,655)
6th: Niall Farrell £60,000 ($78,993)