Donnacha O'Dea

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Donnacha O'Dea
Nickname(s) The Don
Residence Dublin, Ireland
Born 30 August 1948 (1948-08-30) (age 74)
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 1
Money finish(es) 23
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
6th, 1983
World Poker Tour
Title(s) None
Final table(s) None
Money finish(es) 1
European Poker Tour
Title(s) None
Final table(s) None
Money finish(es) 1

Donnacha "The Don" O'Dea (born 30 August 1948) is an Irish professional poker player. In his youth he was a swimmer, and represented Ireland in the 1968 Olympics. He was also the first Irish swimmer to swim 100m in less than one minute. His parents were actors Denis O'Dea and Siobhán McKenna.

Poker career

O'Dea came close to winning a WSOP bracelet in 1983 in the $1,000 Limit Hold'em event, finishing runner-up to Tom McEvoy.

He made the final table of the WSOP Main Event in 1983 when he finished 6th, which was eventually won by McEvoy, and again when he finished 9th in 1991 in the event won by Brad Daugherty. O'Dea also cashed in the Main Event in 1990 (32nd), 1994 (27th), 1996 (25th), and 2007 (171st).

In 1998, O'Dea won a WSOP bracelet in Pot Limit Omaha with rebuys event, defeating two-time world champion, Johnny Chan in heads-up play.

Donnacha first appeared in the Late Night Poker television programme in series 4, finishing 5th in a heat won by Robin Keston. He returned to the show in series 6, winning his heat and going on to finish 4th in the Grand Final.

In 2004, he won the Poker Million tournament, overcoming Dave "The Devilfish" Ulliott in the eventual heads-up confrontation. The following year, he made the final table again and finished in 5th place.

O'Dea was the first member of the European Poker Players Hall of Fame.

As of 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceed $1,000,000. His 23 cashes as the WSOP account for $471,687 of those winnings.[1]

His son, Eoghan O'Dea, is also a poker player who competes primarily online under the moniker 'intruder123'.[2] In December 2008 he followed up a $300,000 online win with a 2nd place finish in the Poker Million for $260,000. In 2011 he made a deep run at the Main Event of WSOP 2011 earning his place in The November Nine.


  1. World Series of Poker Earnings,

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