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Steve O’Dwyer outlasted some of the most experienced big-money players in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) $50,000 High Roller tournament to take first prize and pocket over $769,000. This was the second time in three years that the Colorado native has won the event, and came a day after a fifth-place finish at the $25,000 No-Limit Charity Event at the PCA. Between the two events, O’Dwyer added over $830,000 to his wallet.
Going into the final table, Bryon Kaverman, the 2015 Global Poker Index Player of the Year winner, led the pack with more than 1.5 million in chips. On his heels was Joel-Noel Thorel with 1.1 million, followed by O’Dwyer with just 783,000. Kaverman maintained his lead and increased his pot as several players began to hit the rails. When Erik Seidel, the second biggest live tournament money winner, fell to O’Dwyer, the heads-up action began.
Going into the final duel, Kaverman was protecting a 500,000 chip lead over O’Dwyer, but this was quickly reversed when O’Dwyer took the first four of five hands, including a 2.5 million pot on the fifth. Now with a comfortable 3-to-1 chip lead over Kaverman, O’Dwyer was able to keep his momentum going to finally send Kaverman home. In total, O’Dwyer has racked up more than $21 million in lifetime earnings.