PokerStars 2020 SCOOP News: O’Dwyer Wins High Roller; Leonard Wins Second Career Title

Steve O'Dwyer

If Steve O’Dwyer were a camel, he would need more than two humps to hold his poker trophies. The American born pro has earned more than $30m playing live tournaments, including 25 victories, and generationally ranks as one of the most successful players in that artform.

Still, live tournament poker isn’t the only arrow in his quiver. O’Dwyer has also earned $6.4m playing online multi-table tournaments (MTTs), and this week he added a Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) title to his modest haul.

O’Dwyer conquered an 89-entrant $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super High Roller on PokerStars, smothering a final table of stars with the ease of a knife smearing butter on warm toast.

Fedor ‘CrownUpGuy’ Holz, Ole ‘wizowizo’ Schemion, Talal ‘raidalot’ Shakerchi, and Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira all parked their bikes in the $25,000 cycle shed. Still, it was Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth, whose wheels remained steadfast the longest.

O’Dwyer defeated Nemeth in heads-up action, preventing the high-rolling Hungarian for capturing two titles in a day after winning Event #52: $2,100 No-Limit Hold’em for $157,734.78.

The win netted O’Dwyer $521,597.77 for his troubles. While that’s more than enough to buy a new pair of shoes, it doesn’t rank as O’Dwyer’s best score. That remains the $896,610 he won last year in a similar event during partypoker’s POWERFEST.


  1. Steve ‘Mr. Tim Caum’ O’Dwyer – $521,597.77
  2. Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth – $403,096.26
  3. Chun Lei ‘SamRostan’ Zhou – $311,516.98
  4. Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira – $240,743.65
  5. Talal ‘raidalot’ Shakerchi – $186,049.14
  6. VbV1990 – $143,780.89
  7. Ole ‘wizowizo’ Schemion – $111,115.32
  8. Fedor ‘CrownUpGuy’ Holz – $85,871.02

Patrick ‘pads1161’ Leonard Wins Event #53: $2,100 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-or-Better Six-Max

Despite O’Dwyer’s online success, the Coloradan has only ever reached #7 in the PocketFives Rankings. Two people who have taken the tram to the summit of that particular set of rails are Patrick ‘pads1161’ Leonard and Yuri ‘theNERDguy’ Dzivielevski.

The two former World #1’s clashed in the heads-up phase of the 117-entrant Event #53: $2,100 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-or-Better Six-Max. The partypoker ambassador found the luck, skill, or a bit of both to snatch the $52,605.66 first prize, and claim his second SCOOP title.

Joao “Naza114” Vieira once again showed up at the final table, finishing sixth.


  1. Patrick ‘pads1161’ Leonard – $52,605.66
  2. Yuri ‘theNERDguy’ Dzivielevski – $40,345.85
  3. Murilo ‘Muka82’ Figueiredo – $30,943.24
  4. Little Kraut – $23,731.90
  5. guilherme12 – $18,201.17
  6. Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira – $13,959.38