2018 Review – October: O’Dwyer Wins $1M, Moneymaker Owns NJCOOP

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October saw Moneymaker, Voulgaris and O'Dwyer dominating the headlines.

Poker action on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean came into focus throughout October. Another edition of WSOP Europe got underway – but didn’t finish – in Rozvadov, Czech while some of the best online players in New Jersey were busy chasing down NJCOOP titles.

Steve O’Dwyer Picks Up $1M With Two Tournament Wins

It could be argued that nobody had a better October than Steve O’Dwyer. He traveled to Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham, UK and beat 51 and 105 players in back-to-back tournaments to win $407,734 and $592,448 respectively.

The two wins came one month after O’Dwyer picked up PokerStars WCOOP and partypoker Powerfest wins.

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Haralabos Voulgaris Takes Job Alongside Mark Cuban

Haralabos Voulgaris has a cult-like following in the poker world. Once a regular in World Poker Tour events, Voulgaris is now more known for his deep understanding of NBA analytics. While Voulgaris was one of the most successful NBA bettors of all time thanks to his application of those analytics, Voulgaris had been able to resist overtures from NBA teams looking to bring him on board. That all changed in October when Mark Cuban came calling.

READ: NBA’s Dallas Mavericks Hire Haralabos Voulgaris

New Jersey Grinders Shine in NJCOOP

The NJCOOP prize pools don’t yet compare to their WCOOP or SCOOP counterparts, but for New Jersey online poker players, it’s a must-play series. Some of the best players in the Garden State shined brightest during the 10-day series.

Anthony Maio, fresh off of a sixth place finish in the WPT Borgata Poker Open, won the Moneymaker Tour Online event to win a $30,000 Platinum Pass. The man that tour was named for also managed to put on a show of his own during NJCOOP, picking up two titles.

READ: NJCOOP: Chris Moneymaker KO’s The Competition, Wins Event 14

READ: NJCOOP: Moneymaker Does It Again, Takes The Title In 8-Game Mix

The series wrapped up with Ryan Hohner winning the Main Event for a little more than $28,000.

READ: NJCOOP: Anthony Maio Grabs Platinum Pass with Moneymaker Tour Win
READ: NJCOOP: Ryan ‘ISlowRollYou’ Hohner Takes Down Main Event for $28K

‘Girafganger7’ Still Enjoying the Chase

One of online poker’s most well-respected MTT grinders, ‘Girafganger7‘ is far from being stressed out by the daily grind. Just the opposite in fact. He’s still in love with the game and believes that the dream of being a top pro is still alive for anybody that wants to put the work in.
READ: The Poker Dream is Still Very Much Alive For ‘Girafganger7’

WSOP Europe Kicks Off – Nine Bracelets Before the Main

King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic might be in the middle of nowhere, but for a little more than three weeks in October, it was also the center of the poker universe. WSOP Europe 2018 had 10 bracelet events on the schedule and nine of them concluded in October while the Main Event carried on into November.

The biggest win of the nine came from poker bad boy Martin Kabrhel. The Czech picked up €2,624,340 after beating David Peters heads-up in the €100,000 Super High Roller event.

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READ: WSOP Europe: Timur Margolin Wins Second Bracelet In Monster Stack

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READ: WSOP Europe: Hong Kong’s Anson Tsang Wins Bracelet, €91K In PLO

READ: WSOP Europe: Michael Addamo Conquers €25K Super High Roller

READ: WSOP Europe: Martin Kabrhel Wins €100,000 Super High Roller