• July 31, 2021

Steve O'Dwyer Defeats Ilari Sahamies to Win EPT12 Malta Single-Day High Roller for €327,030

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(pokernews.com)- The €10,200 Single-Day High Roller of the EPT12 Malta attracted many regulars of the international poker circuit, and as such a field of 99 players was created. On top of that came 35 reentries to bring the total to 134 entries generating a prize pool of €1,299,800, which was split among the top 17 spots.
Ultimately, it was EPT9 Grand Final champion Steve O’Dwyer who emerged victorious at the Casino Portomaso after 13 hours of play to scoop yet another shiny EPT trophy as well as a first-place payout of €327,030. In heads-up play, the American with Irish roots defeated online superstar Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies, while American pro Jason Wheeler took third place just one day after coming fourth in the €25K High Roller.
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Final Result Single-Day High Roller

Place Winner Nationality Prize (EUR)
1 Steve O’Dwyer Ireland 327,030
2 Ilari Sahamies Finland 220,970
3 Jason Wheeler USA 143,630
4 Isaac Haxton USA 118,930
5 Niko Soininen Finland 95,925
6 Jean-Noel Thorel France 75,650
7 Vlado Banicevic Montenegro 57,840
8 Julian Stuer Germany 43,540

Up until the end of the late registration period at the start of level nine, the action was fast and furious. Several PokerStars Team Pros took a shot at the trophy but Theo JorgensenJohnny Lodden and Liv Boeree all busted early only to go jump into Day 1b of the EPT12 Malta Main Event. Other notables to miss the money included Ivan LucaDavidi Kitai, Bryn Kenney, Mustapha Kanit,Martin FingerAntonio BuonannoOle SchemionMarvin RettenmaierDominik Panka, EPT11 Grand Final champ Adrian Mateos, and 25k High Roller champion Mike “Timex” McDonald.
Polish wonder kid Dzmitry Urbanovich went from the chip lead to out before the money in two hands and shipped his entire stack to Christopher Frank. Meanwhile, Jonathan Roy and Dan Smithfell just before the money before Juha Helppi busted as teh bubble boy. Mukul Pahuja was the first player on the rail in the money with Rainer Kempe, Senh Ung, Ricardo Alvarado and Dario Sammartino following in quick succession.
Frank lost a lot of chips against the nut flush of Jean-Noel Thorel and departed soon after while Jussi Nevanlinna busted in 11th place soon after. Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier, who fell in 10th place, narrowly missed out on the final table, and then the elimination of Byron Kaverman set up the official eight-handed final table. Sitting atop the counts were O’Dwyer, Thorel and Niko Soininen.
The festival at the Casino Portomaso continues Tuesday with Day 2 of the €5,300 EPT12 Malta Main Event as of 12 p.m. local time, and late registration remains open until the first card is dealt. The big buy-in specialists will then return on October 29th for the regular three-day €10,300 High Roller tournament.
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