Steve O’Dwyer has won a high-roller tournament with a buy-in of HK$500,000, held in Macau as part of the Asia Championship of Poker 2014. Macau is home to a wide range of lucrative live poker tournaments.
It was a re-buy tournament that had a player field of 52 and a prize pool exceeding US$6.2 million. As the champion of the event, O’Dwyer took home a massive prize of US$1,811,828 and the ninth championship title of his career.
The final table featured tough poker players such as Davidi Kitai, Dan Colman, Connor Drinan, Joseph Cheong, and Pratyush Buddiga. When the final table action boiled down to heads-up play, O’Dwyer had to play against Ryan Fee. Although he began as the chip leader, he was only slightly ahead of the US professional poker player.
When the final hand was being played, Fee raised to 1.3 million and O’Dwyer called in response. The flop revealed a Queen of Spades, a Nine of Hearts, and a Seven of Hearts. O’Dwyer check-called thrice, after which Fee bet all the remaining 10 million left in his stack. Ultimately, it was O’Dwyer who won the poker match and grabbed the first-place prize and the championship title. As the runner-up of the tournament, Fee secured a pot of US$1,283,109.
Along with the championship title and the first-place prize, O’Dwyer won 510 CardPlayer Player of the Year (POY) points. In the course of this year, O’Dwyer has reached three final tables, but he could secure only the 548th rank on the POY leader board because his previous two events were quite small.
Davidi Kitai, who finished ninth, obtained 85 POY Points and scrambled up to the 18th rank on the POY leader board. Kitai had reached five final tables and had won a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet in 2014. Dan Colman, who currently occupies the top position on the POY leader board, finished eighth and obtained 128 POY Points. Colman has won over $22.3 million playing poker tournaments this year. Eight of the cash prizes he won were in six figures.
The final table results are as follows: Players Pratyush Buddiga and Connor Drinan finished third and fourth, winning $844,660 and $657,674, respectively. The players who finished fifth and sixth were Joseph Cheong and Kitson Kho, who won $528,718 and $438,449, respectively. The players who finished seventh and eighth were Daniel Colman and Davidi Kitai, who won $373,972 and $312,124, respectively.