Steve O’Dwyer Wins PCA $50,000 High Roller & $769,500

Steve O’Dwyer lifted the PCA $50,000 High Roller trophy for the second time in three years last night after defeating a final table which included 2015 GPI Player of the Year Byron Kaverman, the second biggest live tourney money winner of all time Erik Seidel, and 2017 WSOP Main Event 3rd place finisher Benjamin Pollack.

At the start of the final day’s play Byron Kaverman was leading with over 1.5m chips followed by France’s Jean-Noel Thorel in 2nd on 1.1m and O’Dwyer in 3rd with 783k. Short-stack Orpen Kisacikoglu started the day with just 158k (7bb’s) and as such the big stack was able to take advantage of some early cagey play as nobody wanted to miss out on the chance of an easy ladder when the pay jumps were so large meaning Kaverman gradually began to extend his lead.

Kisacikoglu could only hold on for so long, however, and with just 3bb left he had to throw his lot in with {6-Hearts}{3-Hearts} and Kaverman made the call from the big blind with {j-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}. A board of bricks meant Kaverman’s J high was good and the Turkish pro left in 6th, good for a $158,420 payday.

It took over an hour before the next elimination and when it came it only served to put Kaverman even further in the lead as he put a sick bad beat on Benjamin Pollack. Kaverman shoved from the small blind with {A-Clubs}{6-Diamonds} and Pollack quickly called from the big with {A-Hearts}{Q-Spades}. All was looking good for the French pro until the {6-Spades} hit the river and sent Pollack to the rail in 5th, for which he received $203,680. After this elimination Kaverman held over 2.5m chips with Thorel way back in 2nd with 940k and O’Dwyer still in 3rd with 682k.

Above: Byron Kaverman made all the running during the opening hours of the final table as he built up a commanding chip lead

Less than half an hour later and the field was down to just three when Erik Seidel pushed his last c.400k in the middle from the small blind with {K-Clubs}{4-Hearts} only for Steve O’Dwyer to call from the big blind with {K-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}. A five on the flop sealed Seidel’s fate and he was gone in 4th for $260,260 while O’Dwyer moved closer to Kaverman who had lost a few small pots in the run up to Seidel’s elimination.

Three-handed play lasted for almost two hours, and as the blinds and antes escalated the pots grew bigger and the lead changed hands on multiple occasions. At one point O’Dwyer looked almost dead with just 395k, but he maintained full aggression mode, shoving his way back to a seven-figure stack in no time at all. Eventually it was Thorel who was sent packing in third. After losing a near 2m chip pot to O’Dwyer when his top pair (Aces) was beaten after O’Dwyer rivered trip 10’s he was down to just 185k. Thorel was out a few hands later after his {J-Clubs}{7-Spades} lost to Kaverman’s {K-Spades}{10-Clubs} when the American made a straight on the turn. Thorel picked up $339,480 for his efforts.

Kaverman began heads-up play with a 2.575m to 2.03m chip lead but O’Dwyer won 4 out of the first 5 pots, with the 5th being a 2.5m monster in which Kaverman made a crying call with just King high on a {4-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{a-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} board only for O’Dwyer to turn over {a-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}. This pot gave O’Dwyer a 3.5m to 1.07m lead and despite showing great resilience over the next hour, Kaverman never recovered from this opening onslaught.

The end came when, down to just 10bb, Kaverman put his last 640k in the pot holding {q-Clubs}{9-Clubs} and was called by O’Dwyer who showed {j-Hearts}{10-Spades}. A Jack on the flop was all it took for Steve O’Dwyer to take down his second PCA $50k High Roller crown having won the single day $50k in 2016 and the $769,000 prize money. In fact it was O’Dwyer’s 3rd PCA High Roller in total as he won the $100k back in 2015 for a career best score of $1,872,580. Having lead for most of the final day, Kaverman had to settle for 2nd best for which he received a healthy runner-up check for $531,860.

 

Final Table Results: 2018 PCA $50,000 High Roller

Position Player Country Prize
1 Steve O’Dwyer Ireland $769,500
2 Byron Kaverman United States $531,860
3 Jean-Noel Thorel France $339,480
4 Erik Seidel United States $260,260
5 Benjamin Pollak France $203,680
6 Orpen Kisacikoglu Turkey $158,420

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