Irish poker legend Donnacha O’Dea has reached more than 40 final tables during his long and illustrious career, but until yesterday had never managed to navigate his way to the last table in an Irish Open event. He’s now not only done that, he’ll go into the eight-handed final as the chip leader and on course for what would be his largest score.
O’Dea, father of former World Series of Poker Main Event finalists Eoghan O’Dea, returns to the felt on Monday with 2,010,000 chips at his disposal, with Ioannis Triantafyllakis hot on his heels with 1,898,000 chips.
Triantafyllakis is one of two players who are fighting it out for the €50,000 Sole Survivor prize, as he and Declan Connolly both qualified for the 2015 Irish Open at Paddy Power Poker. The additional prize – equivalent to sixth place money – should create an interesting dynamic at the table, especially in pots involving Connolly and Triantafyllakis.
The other finalists are the reigning UKIPT Dublin champion and online boss Kevin Killeen (1,280,000), Michael Wang (1,215,000), Andreas Gann (485,000), Baard Dahl (962,000) and Fergal Cawley (655,000).
2015 Irish Open Final Table
The money bubble burst on the tournament’s penultimate day when the unfortunate Peter Barrable lost a coinflip with versus the of Italian grinder Giacomo Fundaro, who would later bust in 25th place for €7,750.
Other who reached the money places include Tim Davie (32nd for €6,250), Phillip Huxley (26th for €7,750), Ronan Gilligan (21st €7,750), Fergal Nealon (18th for €9,750), Simon Deadman (16th for €9,750), start-of-the-day chip leader Steve O’Dwyer (15th for €12,500), and Tom Kitt (9th for €20,500).
Play resumed in the Irish Open at noon on Monday, with the stream being available 30-minutes later. Who do you think will win the 2015 Irish Open? Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Tuesday to discover if you were correct.