Steve O‘Dwyer was delighted to close out the 2022 European Poker Tour Barcelona with a victory. He won the final high roller event of the series, earning his 31st live tournament title and 67th six-figure score. Earlier in the event, O‘Dwyer admitted he wasn’t happy with his trip to Barcelona so far. Previously, he earned a few flows of cash, including a deep run in the earlier €25,000 High Roller, and he was just short of the money bubble in the €10,000 High Roller.
Now O’Dwyer is going home with the 2022 EPT Barcelona €25,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em Tournament Title. The Ireland-based poker pro defeated 52 entries to earn the title and €405,760 for his top finish. With this win, O’Dwyer increases his lifetime earnings to more than $32,955,932, which puts him in 14th place on the all-time money list.
This is the third title of the year for O‘Dwyer. Previously he secured the Irish Open main event, and a € 3,300 buy-in event at the partypoker Live Millions Europe tournament.
Final Table Results
|5||Pablo Brito Silva||Brazil||€106,120|
|7||Erik Seidel||United States||€65,550|
Only nine players made it to the final table, and the prize pool was distributed among the top seven finishers. Bracelet winner and 2022 EPT Barcelona €100,000 buy-in Champion Mikita Badziakouski fell just short of the money when his pocket tens were dominated by the A-4 suited of Juan Pardo.
Final Day Action
O‘Dwyer entered Day 2 as chip leader, and 12 more players entered the play before registration closed. The 62-year-old Erik Seidel became the first victim of elimination when his A-J ran into the A-K of Pablo Brito Silva. The nine-time bracelet winner cashed €65,550 for his seventh place.
The next player to hit the rails was Eelis Parssinen. The Finnish bracelet winner’s A-4 was up against the A-10 of Bruno Volkmann. Parssinen missed the nut flush draw against the Brazilian player’s flopped pair of tens. Parssinen received €84,280 for his sixth place showing.
Brazil’s Pablo Brito Silva found himself short-stacked with five remaining. He then lost a huge pot to 2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open main event winner Sergio Aido. Silva moved all in with A-3 against the pocket Kings of O‘Dwyer. The over pair held up, and Silva left the table in fifth place for €106,120.
After a while, O ‘Dwyer’s A (Diamonds) and J (Diamonds) defeated the 4 (Spades) and 4 (Hearts) of Sergio Aido. Aido left the table with €137,340 for his fourth-place finish. A few moments later, O’Dwyer moved all in with K (Clubs) and 6 (Clubs), and Volkmann called with A (Diamonds) and J (Diamonds). O’Dwyer flopped Kings and sixes, which decided the fate of Volkmann in third place for €181,040.
The Heads-up Play
O’Dwyer entered the heads-up with an almost 4:1 chip lead over Pardo. Pardo made a comeback but lost a huge pot when O’Dwyer picked off his river bluff. After that, there was no chance for Padro. Padro moved all in with J-3 against the J-10 of O’Dwyer, but O’Dwyer sealed the pot and title after a ten-high runout. Pardo received €268,430 for his runner-up finish.
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