Winning some of the world’s highest buy-in events over the past several years, Steve O’Dwyer has become a feared opponent. The player is very close to topping the field of yet another high roller – the $10,300 tournament on the schedule of the inaugural PokerStars Championship Panama.
O’Dwyer will be leading the five players left to contend for the title and the lion’s share of the prize into the final Day 3. The survivors are set to return today at 2 pm local time.
With live tournament earnings of more than $16.3 million, O’Dwyer has quite and extensive poker portfolio. Over the course of his career and particularly over the past several years, the player has won the EPT Season 9 Grand Final Main Event, the EPT Season 12 Prague €50,000 Super High Roller, the 2016 PCA $50,000 Super High Roller, and the 2016 Aussie Millions A$250,000 Challenge, among many others.
O’Dwyer will begin Day 3 of the Panama High Roller with 1,849,000 in chips and with an excellent chance to add another trophy to his awe-inspiring collection. The player started making his road to the chip lead early on Day 2. He was middle-stacked at the beginning of the event’s second day but accumulated chips by eliminating several opponents in the early stages of play. O’Dwyer only improved as the day progressed to end up in the lead by the time chips were bagged and tagged for the night.
The $10,300 High Roller saw 110 entries who generated a prize pool of $1,067,000. Payouts were designated for the top 15 finishers. And each of the finalists will scoop a payout of no less than $80,560 today. The winner will be awarded $274,740.
Aside from O’Dwyer, Day 3 of the event will also see Canadians Francois Billard (1,494,000) and Sam Greenwood (1,273,000), Chris Hunichen (746,000) from the US, and PokerStars Team Pro member Felipe Ramos (273,000) from Brazil.
Notables like Anthony Zinno, Sam Chartier, and Sergio Aido were eliminated into the bubble on Sunday. Bryn Kenney, Daniel Dvoress, and Eric Seidel were among those who missed the bubble and left the tournament without a payout.
The PokerStars Championship Panama is set to end today with the completion of the $5,300 Main Event and the $10,300 High Roller. PokerStars Live will then pack and leave for City of Dreams Macau, where the next Championship festival will run from March 30-April 9.