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EPT 12 Kicks Off - Steve O'Dwyer Wins

Posted by: Randy Williams - Wed, 2015-08-19 06:10

EPT 12 Kicks Off - Steve O'Dwyer Wins

The EPT's 12th season has kicked off with its first stop, the Barcelona one, and a winner has already emerged, in Steve O'Dwyer, who became the first player to hoist a EPT Season 12 trophy above his head. O'Dwyer did not win the Main Event though: his victory came in the first event of the Barcelona stop, the Neymar Jr. Charity Home game, after he bested a starting field of 59 players. Neymar Jr. is a recently hired PokerStars ambassador, and one of the hottest names in international football now.
The event featured a buy-in of €150 and the resulting prize-pool went to Neymar Jr's organization, the Neymar Jr. Project Institute, which is a charity operation aiming to help children in need. According to rumors, O'Dwyer wasn't exactly looking to participate in the event: he was pursued by Fatima Moreira de Melo to put up the buy-in. He was the last one to push the money into the middle.
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While it was somewhat disappointing that Neymar himself wasn't able to participate in the event, and while there weren't any "regular" prizes for the top finishers, O'Dwyer still got a handsome reward in the shape of a seat in the EPT Barcelona Main Event. There were other donated prizes handed out at the final table too and they included two seats in the Estrellas Poker Tour Main Event, FC Barcelona game tickets, signed T-Shirts, limited edition headphones etc.
PokerStars was also represented by a few of its actual pros at the tables: Jan Heitmann and Leo Margets both played, as did Jonathan Spaeren. The player O'Dwyer defeated heads-up for the trophy was Thomas Udness.
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