Steve O’Dwyer

Steve O’Dwyer

About Steve O’Dwyer

Current ResidenceDublin, Ireland
BornApril 6, 1982
Birth PlaceColorado Springs, CO, United States
Total Winnings$39,780,361

Steve O’Dwyer Trivia

  • Nickname in the poker felt is ‘Mango’’.
  • Slept on the floor of Scott Seivers apartment during 2011 WSOP.
  • Was a DJ in his early days.
  • Has never won a bracelet during WSOP.
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Like his peers tamping High Rollers, Steve O'Dwyer travels the world all year round taking in every possible poker series. He is currently 14th on the all-time money list and aspires to become the world's best poker player one day. For the last decades he has been continuously in the top 20 in the world.

The Younger Years of Steve O’Dwyer

Steve O'Dwyer's father was part of the US military and therefore had to move often and the O'Dwyer family, consisting of three children and a father and mother, lived a very nomadic life. In Steve's younger years they moved to Germany, and he spent most of his childhood there before attending East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He eventually graduated with a bachelor's degree in Science in Communications. It was there where Steve first came into contact with Poker. He made his living by working in the broadcasting industry as a radio DJ. And mostly played poker as a hobby, playing a $5 tournament on campus every Thursday night.

Like many good players, he started playing online freerolls and micro-stakes. Full-Tilt was his favorite poker network in 2004, which was to change with Black-Friday of course. He had signed up as a ''beta player'' and with this, after determining his goals such as, for example, an x ​​number of volume on the virtual tables. This allowed them to qualify for special freerolls with a prize pool of $5,000. This is all thanks to the poker boom in 2003, when Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker Main Event out of nowhere as a qualifier.

A Magnificent Poker Career

Over the years that followed, Steve O'Dwyer realized he had the game under control and went for it from the start. In 2007, he cashed four events at the World Series of Poker (WSOP), for a total of $70,000. Not much later he made his first final table, in the same poker series, in a $10,000 heads-up tournament.

Steve has never really been a fan of investing time in poker studies. Together with his good friends Isaac Haxton and Scott Seiver, he dared to take on the world's best real money poker players at the time. The buy-in limits were not as unprecedented then as they are now, but they played as many live tournaments as possible.

The moment Black-Friday hit the US market, it was a drain on Steve and his poker career. It was so bad that during the 2011 WSOP he had to sleep on the floor of Scott Seiver's house and live on spec. It did not bother him to continue playing poker because that is where he had investors who ensured he could play whatever tournament he wanted. Only results had to come, and they followed not much later to get him back on track. With a tournament win in Denmark at the National Series back in 2012, he took home a tidy $213,796, as well as finishing 5th in the WPT World Championship $25,000 event for $192,176.

Europe did Steve well, and that was reflected in his results. While he lost heads-up to German Benny Schindler at the EPT in London, it was a sign of unprecedented progress and promised to be a good year for him. In 2013, he became the EPT Champion by winning the Grand Final in Monte Carlo in the $10,000 Main Event. He was allowed to credit his account with a huge amount of $1,604,972. This was also the moment when the poker world really got to know the talents of Steve O'Dwyer.

The honest American is always very humble and a real listener. He does not like interviews, it turns out that he turns down 99 out of 100 interviews, for example. He likes to stay under the radar, but that has proved extremely difficult with the many successes he has had over the years.

Image at the Tables

As mentioned before, Steve is a very quiet person in normal life, including at the poker tables. He attaches great importance to observing his opponents at the table and tries to exploit that as much as possible. As he himself has said in some of his interviews, the early years of the High Rollers in 2011 were much more decisive, but in recent years the players of such tournaments have been trained so well that they can easily hide their tells. They leave nothing to chance.

His unprecedented poker talent has paid off in huge winnings over the past decade with five 7-figure scores. Without a doubt, Steve O'Dwyer is one of the world's finest players around. 2016 and 2017 may be his best years, but we expect much more from this nomad in the years to come, as he will no doubt be far from done showing his skills at the poker tables. We listed his biggest achievements:

  • September 2011 – 2nd place at £5,250 EPT London for $726,789
  • May 2013 – 1st place at €10,600 EPT Monte Carlo for $1,604,972
  • November 2014 – 1st place at HK$500,000 High Roller APPT for $1,811,638
  • December 2015 – 1st place at €50,000 EPT Prague for $809,543
  • January 2016 – 4th place at $200,000 WPT National Phillipines for $953,700
  • January 2016 – 1st place at $50,000 PCA High Roller for $945,495
  • January 2016 – 1st place at A$250,000 Aussie Millions for $744,829
  • April 2017 – 1st place at HK$400,000 Pokerstars Championships Macau for $1,088,783
  • October 2017 – 2nd place at HK$800,000 ACOP Macau High Roller for $1,520,565
  • January 2018 – 5th at $50,000 PCA High Roller for $769,500
  • April 2018 – 1st at €50,000 EPT Monte Carlo for $818,468
  • July 2018 – 2nd at HK$500,000 Triton Series Jeju for $745,656
  • November 2018 – 2nd at $25,500 PCA High Roller for $1,300,000

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