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Irishman on course for scooping $9m Las Vegas poker jackpot


Eoghan O'Dea from Dalkey

Eoghan O'Dea from Dalkey

Eoghan O'Dea from Dalkey

A 26-year-old Irish man is leading the World Series poker event in Las Vegas.

Eoghan O'Dea from Dalkey is leading the 10 players who are now remaining from a starting field of 6,865. He is guaranteed $780,000 if he remains in the top nine and will come back in November to compete for the top prize of $8.7m.

O'Dea honed his skills primarily in online poker competitions. Last year he scooped over €263,000 in the WPT Marrakech where he finished runner-up.

ESPN have said O’Dea is “about as cool as they come” and describe him as a very dangerous player at the table.

Poker runs in the O'Dea family's blood, He is the son of Donnacha O'Dea, who is also a professional poker player and made two main event final tables during his career, and the grandson of renowned Irish actress Siobhan McKenna.

Described by Blackbeltpoker.com as the tournament’s silent assassin, O’Dea had booked to fly back to Ireland a few days ago, not expecting to get this far.

Already guaranteed $160,036, and facing into the final day he admitted: “I've only been getting in five or six hours sleep each night, so I feel so drained at the end of the day. When you're playing, there's so much adrenalin that you actually don't feel tired when you're at the table.”