$50,000 High Roller

Event Info

Players 46

Level Info

Level 19
Blinds 30,000 / 60,000
Ante 10,000
$50,000 High Roller
Day 2 Completed

Steve O'Dwyer Wins the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $50,000 High Roller ($769,500)

Webjoker • Level 19: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
Steve O'Dwyer
Steve O'Dwyer

Steve O'Dwyer has won the $50,000 High Roller at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure 2018. The first-place prize in the 46-entry field netted him $769,500 after beating start-of-day chipleader Byron Kaverman heads up. This ninth biggest score of his career brings O'Dwyer to a massive $21,121,735 in lifetime earnings, which catapults him from 13th to 10th place on the all-time money list surpassing Bryn Kenney, Brian Rast, and Sam Trickett, and just under a million away from Phil Hellmuth.

1Steve O'DwyerIreland$769,500
2Byron KavermanUnited States$531,860
3Jean-Noel ThorelFrance$339,480
4Erik SeidelUnited States$260,260
5Benjamin PollakFrance$203,680
6Orpen KisacikogluTurkey$158,420

The $50,000 Super High Roller started off with one extreme short stack, which dictated play a bit. Orpen Kisacikoglu was looking for a spot to get it in with his mere 7 big blinds, but until he did, the middle stacks couldn't do much. It was all chipleader Kaverman in the first level as he could easily lean on everyone at the table without too many repercussions.

Eventually, Kisacikoglu did get it in and the six-three suited he choose to make his move with, had a remarkable lot of equity against the jack-deuce Byron Kaverman showed up with. Still, the roughly 45 percent chance of winning didn't materialize for him this time as the jack-high of Kaverman held strong throughout the flop, turn, and river.

With Kisacikoglu out of the way, play was a bit more freely for the remaining players. Benjamin Pollak eventually was the next to go getting it in as a massive favorite with ace-queen against Kaverman's ace-six. A six on the river, however, ruined it all for Pollak who had to settle for 5th place, good for $203,680. After an amazing 2017 where he collected $4,979,065 in tournament cashes, not too bad a start to 2018 either.

It didn't take long for the next player to hit the rail. Erik Seidel, who bubbled the $100,000 earlier this week, got it in with ace-four against the ace-five of O'Dwyer and he saw his opponent hit a five on the flop to make things worse. Seidel didn't recover on the turn or river and exited in 4th place for $260,260.

While Kaverman had started with the chip lead and knocked out two of the three players that were first to go, it was anything but a run course at that point. O'Dwyer, never to be underestimated, was a force at the table and soon took over the chip lead from Kaverman in a hand he flopped a set in while Kaverman flopped a flush draw.

Jean-Noel Thorel had played his patented unconventional style which had really worked well for him till he had to bow out in third place losing jack-seven to king-ten.

Heads Up

Kaverman and O'Dwyer, two longtime high roller regulars both with millions in winnings, didn't discuss a deal. The fight heads-up was pure and would soon enough be decided in O'Dwyer's favor.

O'Dwyer started with a chip disadvantage to Kaverman but quickly turned things around as a string of good cards and boards helped him take a 3-to-1 lead. O'Dwyer won a big hand where he bluffed Kaverman off top pair. Kaverman had no time bank cards left in that hand, and saw his time run out when he was facing the all-in decision. O'Dwyer mentioned he might have checked behind his six-high in other situations but knew Kaverman had no time bank cards left and banked on the possibility of Kaverman's time running out.

It was over soon after. O'Dwyer got it in with jack-ten against the queen-nine of Kaverman and hit a jack on the flop to end it all.

O'Dwyer won this very event in 2016 and the $100,000 Super High Roller in 2015; one might say he runs well on Paradise Island. This marks the 18th win for O'Dwyer in his 11-year live tournament career. Another trophy on his mantle, and a lot more opportunities to add even more this week with the Main Event on to Day 2 tomorrow, two $25,000 buy-in events and a $10,000 single-day high roller still on the schedule.

Steve O'Dwyer

Tags: Benjamin PollakBrian RastBryn KenneyByron KavermanErik SeidelJean-Noel ThorelOrpen KisacikogluPhil HellmuthPokerStars Caribbean AdventureSam TrickettSteve O'Dwyer

Byron Kaverman Eliminated in 2nd Place ($531,860)

AnTh0nyWTF • Level 19: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
Byron Kaverman
Byron Kaverman

Hand 131: Byron Kaverman shoved preflop on the button for his last 640,000 with the {q-Clubs}{9-Clubs} and Steve O'Dwyer put him at risk, calling with the {j-Hearts}{10-Spades}.

O'Dwyer quickly took the lead spiking a jack on the {2-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{4-Hearts} flop and Kaverman failed to find any help on the {5-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} runout, falling in second place for a cool $531,860.

O'Dwyer captures yet another High Roller title and banks $769,500.

Steve O'Dwyer ie 4,600,000 980,000
Byron Kaverman us Busted

Tags: Byron KavermanSteve O'Dwyer

Hands #128-130: Kaverman on the Ropes

AnTh0nyWTF • Level 19: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Hand 128: Steve O'Dwyer limped in with the {a-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} and Byron Kaverman checked his option holding the {10-Hearts}{7-Spades}. Both players checked a {5-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} flop and the {8-Clubs} fell on the turn.

Kaverman bet 125,000 and O'Dwyer called. The {4-Diamonds} completed the board and Kaverman continued with a bet of 140,000 and O'Dwyer looked him up, taking down another pot.

Hand 129: Kaverman shoved preflop with the {q-Hearts}{j-Clubs} and O'Dwyer folded.

Hand 130: O'Dwyer shoved with the {a-Clubs}{6-Spades} and Kaverman let it go.

Tags: Byron KavermanSteve O'Dwyer


Time for a Break

AnTh0nyWTF • Level 18: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Another two levels are in the books and the final two players have departed on a 20-minute break.

Hands #123-127: O'Dwyer Wins Pot Where Kaverman Overbets

Webjoker • Level 18: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Hand 123: Byron Kaverman on the button with {A-Hearts}{5-Clubs} raised to 100,000. Steve O'Dwyer called with {Q-Diamonds}{7-Spades}.

The flop of {10-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} saw O'Dwyer and Kaverman both check. The {5-Diamonds} on the turn had O'Dwyer check and Kaverman bet 80,000. O'Dwyer folded right away.

Hand 124: O'Dwyer min-raised with just the {6-Clubs} showing and Kaverman folded.

Hand 125: Kaverman O'Dwyer received a walk with {K-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} in the big blind.

Hand 126: O'Dwyer min-raised on the button with {J-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}. Kaverman called with {7-Diamonds}{4-Spades}. The flop came {Q-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts} and both checked. The {7-Clubs} on the turn hit Kaverman and he bet 125,000 into 210,000. O'Dwyer took his time but folded.

Hand 127: Kaverman found {K-Spades}{10-Hearts} on the button and limped in. O'Dwyer checked the dominated {K-Hearts}{8-Spades}. As the flop came {J-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{A-Clubs}, O'Dwyer flopped best and checked. Kaverman checked his gutshot. The {7-Diamonds} on the saw O'Dwyer check. Kaverman, now with a double gutshot, bet 150,000 into 110,000. O'Dwyer called to grow the pot to 410,000.

The {7-Spades} completed the board and O'Dwyer checked one last time. Kaverman surrendered and checked behind.

Steve O'Dwyer ie 3,620,000 80,000
Byron Kaverman us 985,000 -80,000

Hands #120-122: O'Dwyer Pulls Off Big Bluff

AnTh0nyWTF • Level 18: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Hand 120: Steve O'Dwyer opened to 125,000 with {j-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} and won the pot.

Hand 121: Kaverman opened with the {9-Spades}{9-Diamonds} and O'Dwyer called with the {q-Diamonds}{8-Spades}. The flop fell {5-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{9-Hearts} and O'Dwyer check-called a bet of 100,000. The {6-Hearts} fell on the turn and O'Dwyer check-folded when Kaverman fired a bet worth 450,000.

Hand 122: O'Dwyer raised holding the {6-Hearts}{5-Hearts} and Kaverman called with the {q-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}. A {4-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{2-Spades} flop was seen and Kaverman check-called a continuation bet from O'Dwyer.

Kaverman hit a jack when the {j-Spades} hit the turn and check-called a bet from O'Dwyer of 320,000.

The board paired with an {8-Spades} on the river and Kaverman checked once again. O'Dwyer shoved and Kaverman, running out of time, left with no timebank cards, was forced to fold.

O'Dwyer showed him the bluff and raked in the sizeable pot.

Steve O'Dwyer ie 3,540,000 400,000
Byron Kaverman us 1,065,000 -400,000

Tags: Byron KavermanSteve O'Dwyer

Hands #112-119: Kaverman Fighting Back

Webjoker • Level 18: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Hand 112: Steve O'Dwyer opened for 100,000 with {Q-Hearts}{3-Clubs} but he folded to Byron Kaverman's shove with {6-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}.

Hand 113: Kaverman opened {J-Spades}{8-Diamonds} on the button for 100,000. O'Dwyer in the big blind called with {7-Hearts}{6-Spades}. The flop came {10-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} and O'Dwyer checked. Kaverman bet 80,000 into 210,000 and O'Dwyer folded.

Hand 114: O'Dwyer made it 100,000 to go but his cards didn't show up on the graphics. Kaverman folded.

Hand 115: Kaverman folded {10-Spades}{3-Hearts} on the button. O'Dwyer took it down with {8-Spades}{5-Hearts}.

Hand 116: O'Dwyer limped in {5-Spades}{3-Diamonds} and Kaverman checked {K-Hearts}{2-Clubs}. The flop came {5-Hearts}{4-Spades}{6-Clubs} and Kaverman checked. O'Dwyer bet 50,000 with his pair and straight draw and Kaverman folded.

Hand 117: Kaverman limped in with {6-Spades}{4-Clubs} and folded to O'Dwyer's raise to 175,000 with {9-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}.

Hand 118: O'Dwyer folded his button, the pot went to Kaverman with {9-Clubs}{2-Hearts}.

Hand 119: Kaverman on the button with {9-Clubs}{3-Clubs} limped in. O'Dwyer checked {A-Spades}{2-Hearts} and got a flop of {3-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{4-Clubs}. O'Dwyer checked and Kaverman bet 50,000 with his pair and flush draw. The {2-Spades} hit the turn and O'Dwyer checked again. Kaverman bet 235,000 into 210,000 and O'Dwyer called with his gutshot and bottom-pair.

With now 680,000 in the middle, the {K-Diamonds} completed the board. It went check check and Kaverman took down the pot.

Steve O'Dwyer ie 3,140,000 -390,000
Byron Kaverman us 1,465,000 390,000

Tags: Byron KavermanSteve O'Dwyer

Hands #107-111: O'Dwyer Takes Big Lead

AnTh0nyWTF • Level 18: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Hand 107: Byron Kaverman opened to 125,000 with the {k-Hearts}{4-Hearts} and Steve O'Dwyer called with the {q-Clubs}{4-Spades}. The flop fanned out {a-Spades}{10-Spades}{10-Diamonds} and both players checked.

The {8-Clubs} fell on the turn and both checked again. The {6-Spades} was the last card to come and O'Dwyer bet 175,000. Kaverman called and his king-high was good.

Hand 108: O'Dwyer raised 125,000 with the {a-Hearts}{q-Diamonds} and Kaverman called with the {k-Spades}{8-Hearts}. Both found a piece on the {8-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} board and O'Dwyer's continuation bet of 150,000 was check-called by Kaverman.

The turn card was the {9-Clubs} and Kaverman checked. O'Dwyer bet 300,000 and took down the pot.

Hand 109: Kaverman limped in holding the {j-Clubs}{2-Hearts} and folded when O'Dwyer raised to 225,000.

Hand 110: O'Dwyer opened with the {a-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} and Kaverman called with the {q-Hearts}{10-Clubs}.

A {7-Hearts}{q-Spades}{a-Clubs} flop saw O'Dwyer fire another bet and Kaverman check-called. The {9-Diamonds} hot the turn and Kaverman checked. O'Dwyer bet 250,000 and Kaverman was able to get away.

Hand 111: Kaverman opened with the {k-Diamonds}{10-Spades} and O'Dwyer three-bet to 380,000 with {a-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}. Kaverman made the call bringing a {4-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{a-Spades} flop.

Both players checked to see the {9-Diamonds} on the turn. O'Dwyer bet 260,000 and Kaverman called.

The {3-Clubs} completed the board and O'Dwyer bet 600,000. Kaverman eventually made the call and O'Dwyer scooped a huge pot, retaking the lead.

Steve O'Dwyer ie 3,530,000 1,500,000
Byron Kaverman us 1,075,000 -1,500,000

Tags: Byron KavermanSteve O'Dwyer