With just 22 players out of the 6,865 strong starting field remaining at this year’s WSOP Main Event, certain names are beginning to attract the deserved attention of the poker community.
One such player is Ireland’s Eoghan O’Dea, who is currently the second biggest chip count (19.05m) and already guaranteed a minimum $302,005 for his deep run in the tournament.
Son of well known Irish pro and 1998 bracelet winner Donnacha O’Dea, the 26 year old Eoghan O’Dea is an accomplished pro in his own right and currently boasts $732,511 in live earnings. Listed amongst his successes are a 2nd place finish at 2008 Ladbrokes Poker Million for $250,000, and 2nd at the 2009 WPT Marrakech for $378,227.
Eoghan ‘Intruder123′ O’Dea’s online career has been equally as successful with a 1st place finish in the 2008 ECOOP III Main Event for $315,000 noted amongst his many triumphs.
Now as second chip leader at WSOP 2011, Eoghan O’Dea stands on the brink of poker glory as he battles today to become one of this year’s celebrated November Niners, and all the accolade that goes with the title.
Speaking on the break of yesterday’s Day 7, Eoghan O’Dea gave an insight into how his tournament had been running, and commented:
“I haven’t really had any all-in pre pots. I had two ‘flips the whole tournament; that was the closest for me being out. Nothing big. I haven’t played any huge pots. My whole tournament has more or less been like that. At the start, I had more than average, but never been a big stack and no crazy pots.”
However, that was all about to change at the end of the day’s play when he found himself all-in pre-flop holding K-K to Hinrichsen’s A-K, with the board then falling J-7-6-2-9.
As a result O’Dea ended the day on a massive 19.05 million stack and now looks well placed to survive the last day of play before the remaining nine finalists return on 5th November to compete for the $8,711,956 top prize.