Irish guru poker player Donnacha “The Don” O’Dea has not only kept his flag flying in gambling but also in swimming. His career in poker is the most intriguing string of milestone achievements that his golden resume reflects.
He missed the World Series of Poker gold bracelet at slim chances in 1983 where he finished runner-up in his heat to Tom McEvoy in the $1,000 limit hold’em tournament. Playing regularly has seen him enrich his resume and also rise up the ladder in the poker industry. However, a closer examination of his resume demonstrates he is not only talented but has inculcated skills through his lengthy experience in the casinos.
His first final table at the WSOP’s Main Event came in 1983 placing 6th and also emerged 9th in a similar game in 1991. Years later, he has recorded cashes at the WSOP, in 1990 placing 32nd, 1994 for a 27th position, 1996 for a 25th place and recently in 2007 emerging 171st. His fortuitous WSOP gold bracelet slipped into his trophy portfolio in the pot-limit Omaha with re-buys where he ousted Johnny Chan in a heads-up encounter.
Donnacha has made an appearance in the Late Night Poker televised Series IV placing 5th. He showed up in the Series 6 where he won his heat to sail through to the Grand final for a 4th place. In 2004, he was the winner of the Poker Milllion event where he triumphed over Dave “The Devilfish” Ulliott midst a heads-up encounter. He played again in the same event in 2005 where he emerged fifth after final tabling. Despite his achievements, O’Dea fame is attributable to the fete as the pioneer European Poker Players Hall of Fame member.
In 2009 hitherto, his overall live events earnings were above $1,100,000 with his twenty-three cashes at the WSOP contributing $471,687. Undoubtedly, his resume is among the pieces to pore over if you are an enthusiast.