Steve O’Dwyer takes down PCA Super High Roller for $1.8m

Entrepreneur Roger Sippl finishes 2nd, Bryn Kenney 3rd.

Although Sorel Mizzi began the pivotal final table yesterday with what appeared to be a commanding lead, it was recent Asia Championship of Poker Super High Roller champion Steve O’Dwyer who prevailed to scoop the $1.8m top prize – his second $1.8m score in a little over two months.

The final table action came thick and fast, with Andrew Robl falling early at the hands of Bryn Kenney, who spiked a club flush on the river to defy Robl’s top pair.

Canadian Sam Greenwood started as a shorter stack than Robl and will be pleased he managed to ladder up – that one extra position was worth an additional $83,000 – but the Day 1 chip leader was indeed next out the door when his pocket sixes failed to improve against Christoph Vogelsang’s pocket nines.

Despite that increase to his stack, Vogelsang found himself taking the long walk to the exit shortly afterward. The German called Roger Sippl’s 4-bet shove pre-flop holding pocket tens, and was ahead of the American’s A-Q until a queen fell on the river.

Original chip leader Mizzi fell in fourth losing a flip with pocket deuces against Kenney’s A-J, but he couldn’t maintain that good fortune when it really mattered moments later in a huge clash with O’Dwyer. O’Dwyer’s pocket tens held strong against Kenney’s suited K-Q in the tournament’s most crucial hand, which gave him what proved to be an unassailable lead heading into heads-up play against Sippl.

From there O’Dwyer proved too strong for Sippl, and pushed home his advantage by making a fine all-in call on the river holding just ace high. To his credit, Sippl’s bluff shove on a board of Q-8-8-3-2 holding just J-10 nearly worked, as O’Dwyer thought for almost five minutes, but in the end he decided his A-10 was good enough, and he was correct.

Congratulations on a second Super High Roller victory to O’Dwyer – who now has over $9m in career earnings – and to Sippl for a fine run. Here’s how the final payout table looks:

  1. Steve O’Dwyer - $1,872,580
  2. Roger Sippl - $1,344,420
  3. Bryn Kenney - $873,880
  4. Sorel Mizzi - $659,400
  5. Christoph Vogelsang - $512,160
  6. Sam Greenwood - $396,920
  7. Andrew Robl - $313,700

The $10,000 PCA main event continues today with Day 1b, Team PokerStars pro Alex ‘Kanu7’ Millar was the chip leader from Day 1a.  We’ll be bringing you more updates on the main event as it unfolds.

 

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