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Power Rankings: Steve O'Dwyer Rides Momentum Through Europe

Power Rankings: Steve O'Dwyer Rides Momentum Through Europe | This Week in Gambling - Poker News | Scoop.it
Steve O'Dwyer has been on an incredible tournament run. The American pro who cut his chops in online poker has been taking Europe by storm over the last year.


Added to his list of accomplishments by winning WPT Denmark. This victory catapulted O’Dwyer from 11th all the way up to 4th place, the biggest jump in this week’s rankings.


With 2012 very much being the year of Jonathan Duhamel to this point, it is unsurprising that he still holds a commanding lead in the Power Rankings. Several of those chasing Duhamel, Will Failla (2nd), Shawn Buchanan (3rd), and Bertrand Grospellier (5th) each lost a few points but kept their spots in the top five. There were two newcomers to the Top 20, as David Peters enters the list at 19th, thanks to his final table appearance at EPT Campione and Michael Mizrachi climbs to 20th by virtue of others losing points.


Two players dropped just off of the list due to small cashes no longer counting; Scott Clements and Roberto Romanello are just on the outside looking in at this point. Each remains within ten spots and 50 points of regaining their spot on the list.


The biggest drops this week all have to do with the NAPT at Mohegan Sun. Eugene Katchalov lost half of the value of his second place finish from the 2011 High Roller Bounty, as it’s been over a year. He dropped four spots to 12th place, negating his previous jump. Vanessa Selbst dropped seven spots, switching places with O’Dwyer on the list and falling to 11th. The first of her two consecutive NAPT Main Event titles at Mohegan Sun has passed the two year mark and is no longer counted in this contest.


The biggest drop, however, belongs to Jason Mercier. The first of his two consecutive wins in the NAPT High Roller Bounty Shootout in 2010 is also no longer counting for his place in the Power Rankings. The 270 points he lost dropped him ten spots from 6th all the way down to 16th place.


With a number of WPT events on the horizon and the WSOP less than six weeks away, there is likely to be plenty of movement on this list in the coming months.

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Viktor Blom set for most expensive European Poker Tournament ever

Viktor Blom set for most expensive European Poker Tournament ever | This Week in Gambling - Poker News | Scoop.it
The most expensive poker tournament in Europe ever will be played in Monte Carlo April 23-25, and one of the players will be 21-year-old Swede Viktor Blom.


The Grand Final of the European Poker Tour takes place in Monte Carlo April 23-May 1, and one of the events on the schedule is the Super Highroller tournament, with a buy-in of €100,000. This will be the most expensive poker tournament ever in Europe ever, and the starting field will contain several of the most famous high-stakes poker players in the world, including Sweden’s Viktor Blom.


It won’t, however, be Blom’s first Super Highroller event. Back in January of this year he played – and won - the $100,000 Super Highroller event during The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure at the Bahamas. Blom defeated American Daniel Shak heads-up and received $1,254,400 in prize money. Playing under the nick name Isildur1, Blom is primarily known as an online player and the victory in the Super Highroller at the Bahamas was his biggest live score by far.


The prize pool in the Monte Carlo might be even richer. 30 players entered the Bahamas tournament, and there is a good chance the Monte Carlo event will see more entrants, as a number of big names already have signed up.

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