Donnacha O’Dea, Declan Connolly in Final 8 of Irish Poker Open

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Donnacha O'Dea (Photo: PaddyPower)

The 2015 Irish Poker Open is down to its last eight players and among them are finalists from the WSOP Main Event and the Battle of Malta.

321 players registered for this year's main event in Dublin to play for the title of Europe’s oldest and most traditional poker tournament.

The chip leader at this point is, fittingly, Irish poker legend Donnacha O’Dea, final-tablist at the WSOP Main Event in 1983.

He's also the father of Eoghan O’Dea, who was a November Niner in 2011.

High Hopes to Keep Trophy Home

Also making his way to the final eight is Declan Connolly, a local phenomenon who, among his 100+ cashes, made the final table at last year’s Battle of Malta where he finished sixth.

With Kevin Killeen and Fergal Cawley the Irish have four seats in the final and high hopes to keep the trophy on home turf.

Declan Connolly
Declan Connolly

Michael Wang from New Jersey is one of the guys who will try to do his best to prevent that.

Andreas Gann from Germany and Baard Dahl from Norway are also still in contention.

The man in the number two spot is Ioannis Triantafyllakis from Greece. With 1.9m in chips he's closest on the heels of the Irish Grandseigneur O’Dea.

Official final eight and chip counts:


  • 1. Donnacha O’Dea – 2,010,000
  • 2. Ioannis Triantafyllakis – 1,898,000
  • 3. Kevin Killeen – 1,280,000
  • 4. Michael Wang – 1,215,000
  • 5. Declan Connolly – 1,050,000
  • 6. Baard Dahl – 962,000
  • 7. Fergal Cawley – 655,000
  • 8. Andreas Gann – 485,000

Payouts at the final table:


  • 1. €250,000
  • 2. €152,000
  • 3. €111,750
  • 4. €82,750
  • 5. €61,850
  • 6. €46,500
  • 7. €35,250
  • 8. €26,750

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