As Steve O’Dwyer once again proved that it doesn’t matter which poker table he plays at, another high roller tournament win went the way of one of the most consistent performers on the circuit.
There was no final table full of players to beat in the recent tournament in which he dominated the final rounds, only one rival standing between O’Dwyer and the title of the WPT, since it was the Heads-Up World Online Championship they were fighting for.
The # WPTWOC Heads-Up Championship saw the $500,000 bonus surpassed by $31,200 with 166 entrants all paying $3,200, including the registration fees paid, another respectable result for the World Poker Tour and partypoker during an online series that was something of a virtual felt achievement.
When all the registrations were received and many big players missed out on the money positions, only the top 32 places were paid, to be expected in a tournament that attracted some stellar names.
Daniel Smyth, Roberto Romanello, Gianluca Speranza, Renato Nomura, Adrian Mateos, Patrick Leonard and Thomas Muehloecker were not limited to any of the players who left the event without a payout. Others were more fortunate, but there was a return on their investment for players such as Rok Gostisa, Andrey Kotelnikov, Pauli Ayras and Sylvain Loosli before the final eight went to the tables.
With just eight players remaining, four will leave for the quarter-final stage, all winning $17,500 with Niko Koop, Eugenio Peralta, Arnaud Enselme and Joao Vieira. It was Allan Berger and Jorma Nuutinen who missed out on the final, winning the semi-finals for $40,000. When O’Dwyer was marginally lucky in the final hand of the fight, O’Dwyer beat Berger, the set of eights eclipsed by O’Dwyer’s queens when a third queen arrived on the river.
Akhmetvaleyev had made it to the final courtesy of catching his ace-queen in the semi-final against Nuutinen ‘s pocket threes, but his luck did not go one step further. It was O’Dwyer ‘s ace-king who took the title, all the chips going into the king-high flop, with Akhmetvaleyev keeping just the bottom pair.
Akhmetvaleyev couldn’t catch anything this time, and it was O’Dwyer who won the $135,000 top prize, the Russian who had to settle for $75,000, and the tale of losing Steve O’Dwyer ‘s title, a story that was told over the years by many elite players. In the future, several more will say it, too, one suspects.
Pandemic or not, you can still rely on Steve O’Dwyer ‘s winning titles live or online. That’s what he does best.
WPT World Online Championship $3,200-entry Heads-Up Final Eight Results:
|6th||Arnaud Enselme||United Kingdom||$17,500|