Eoghan O’Dea(26) from Dalkey in County Dublin is currently in second place at the World Series poker tournament in Las Vegas.
Only 9 players now remain from the starting field of 6,865. O’Dea is now guaranteed $780,000 as part of the top nine and will return in November to compete for the top prize of $8.7m.
The Irish player has become a big hit with US poker fans and ESPN have described O’Dea as “about as cool as they come”. They also rate him as one of the most likely winners of the overall tournament.
Poker runs in O’Dea blood, His father, Donnacha O’Dea, is also a professional poker player and made two main event final tables during his career.
RANK PLAYER CITY / STATE / COUNTRY CHIP COUNT ROOM / TABLE / SEAT
1 Martin Staszko TRINEC, , CZ 40,175,000 Penn and Teller / 1 / 9
2 Eoghan O’Dea DUBLIN, IE 33,925,000 Penn and Teller / 1 / 3
3 Matt Giannetti LAS VEGAS, NV, US 24,750,000 Penn and Teller / 1 / 1
4 Phil Collins LAS VEGAS, NV, US 23,875,000 Penn and Teller / 1 / 4
5 Ben Lamb TULSA, OK, US 20,875,000 Penn and Teller / 1 / 8
6 Badih Bounahra BELIZE CITY, BZ 19,700,000 Penn and Teller / 1 / 2
7 Pius Heinz COLOGNE, DE 16,425,000 Penn and Teller / 1 / 7
8 Anton Makiievskyi DNIPROPETROVSK, UA 13,825,000 Penn and Teller / 1 / 5
9 Sam Holden SUSSEX, GB 12,375,000 Penn and Teller / 1 / 6