O’Dea Looks to Follow Father’s Footsteps in Main Event

Eoghan O'Dea
Eoghan O'Dea

With 12 players left in the 2011 Main Event, Irish poker pro Eoghan O’Dea finds himself in a unique position.

Twenty-eight years ago Eoghan’s father, Donnacha O’Dea, made the final table of the 1983 WSOP Main Event but eventually fell short of the title, busting in sixth place. Donnacha made the Main Event final table again in 1991 but busted in ninth that time around.

Eoghan is the chip leader with 12 players left and could potentially succeed where is father failed and become a poker world champion.

“It’s unbelievable,” he said. “I love poker and I’m one of the last 12 players of the biggest poker tournament in the world.”

The 26 year old has already outlasted over 6,800 players to get this far and could potentially win $8.7 million for winning the entire tournament.

No stranger to the poker world, Eoghan has been a professional card player for years and made notable scores at WPT Marrakech and the Ladbrokes Poker Million VII. He has over $700k in lifetime live tournament earnings.

Known as intruder123 online, Eoghan won the iPoker ECOOP III for $315,000.

Does it mean anything that Eoghan could potentially become the second O’Dea to make the final table in the last 28 years?

“In Ireland it’s a pretty big deal that my Dad has been there and I could potentially be there,” he said.

The pressure is on for Eoghan right now, however, as the difference between busting now and finishing first could be over $7 million in profit.

“You just have to take it one hand at a time,” he said. “There are a lot of good players left and it can all change quickly. I do have a good shot at making the November Nine.”

If Eoghan does go on to win it would be a significant victory, not only for the O’Dea family, but also for Irish poker in general.

“I think you might see a few more young players getting into the game if an Irish player won,” said O’Dea. “We already have a small group of really good Irish players.”

For now the goal is simply to make it to the 2011 November Nine.

“I’m trying not to think about it but In the back of my mind I’m like ‘Oh my god, I’m so close.’” 

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