Steve O’Dwyer Jumps to 3rd in Remarkably Static Week in POY Race

Steve O'Dwyer's run in the PaddyPower Poker Irish Open pushed him up to third in the 2015 BLUFF Player of the Year race, but he was one of the few to pick up points in a quiet week. (Photo c/o PaddyPower Poker)

Steve O’Dwyer’s run in the PaddyPower Poker Irish Open pushed him up to third in the 2015 BLUFF Player of the Year race, but he was one of the few to pick up points in a quiet week. (Photo c/o PaddyPower Poker)

Steve O’Dwyer made a deep run in one of the oldest and most highly regarded tournaments of the year in Ireland to move up one spot in the 2015 BLUFF Player of the Year race, but he was an outlier in an historically quiet week.

O’Dwyer finished 15th in the PaddyPower Poker Irish Open Main Event, earning himself enough points to push past Anthony Zinno into third place. The rest of the top 20 remained completely static, leaving Dzimtry Urbanovich in a lead that got just a little more precarious with O’Dwyer’s jump.

Things were so quiet in the tournament world this week that just one other player in the top 50 earned even a single point. Michael Wang, who finished third in the Irish Open Main Event, squeaked into that group in 44th. His most significant results before that run include a ninth place finish in the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open in January and another ninth place finish in an EPT Malta prelim that drew significant numbers.

There’s unlikely to be another week that’s as quiet in the months to come. The last two Main Tour events of Season XIII are set to begin within a week, with the $5 million guaranteed Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown and the WPT Championship – which follows just days after – each likely to offer some big prizes and big POY points.

When you add in the EPT Grand Final and all of the big tournaments set for that series, there will be plenty of action that will quickly lead into the 2015 World Series of Poker at the end of May.

2015 BLUFF Player of the Year Standings (as of April 8)

  1. Dzmitry Urbanovich – 605.13 (-)
  2. Nick Petrangelo – 601.74 (-)
  3. Steve O’Dwyer – 561.56 (+1)
  4. Anthony Zinno – 544.50 (-1)
  5. Taylor Paur – 524.14 (-)
  6. Tom Marchese – 470.00 (-)
  7. Scott Seiver – 432.16 (-)
  8. Jose Montes – 427.25 (-)
  9. Atanas Kavrakov – 422.59 (-)
  10. Ivan Luca – 420.20 – (-)
  11. Stephen Chidwick – 417.88 (-)
  12. Joe Kuether – 417.50 (-)
  13. Yuguang Li – 409.00 (-)
  14. Jean Montury – 406.32 (-)
  15. Andreas Samuelsson – 373.00 (-)
  16. Kevin Schulz – 360.00 (-)
  17. Pratyush Buddiga – 353.80 (-)
  18. Alexander Trevallion – 331.60 (-)
  19. Marc Etienne McLaughlin – 328.30 (-)
  20. Sorel Mizzi – 311.28 (-)

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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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