WSOP: Who Is Going to Be the Final One out of the November Nine?
The Main Event at the WSOP is Down to the November Nine
After two weeks of play the November Nine is set for the Main Event at the World Series of Poker. That mean nine players have already guaranteed themselves large six-figure paydays, and have to four months before the opportunity to turn that into seven-figures.
Here are the nine and their current chip counts:
|Martin Staszko|| 40.1 million|
|Eoghan O'Dea||33.9 million|
|Matt Giannetti|| 24.7 million|
|Phil Collins|| 23.8 million|
|Ben Lamb|| 20.8 million|
|Badih Bounahr|| 19.7 million|
|Pius Heinz|| 16.4 million|
|Anton Makiievskyi|| 13.8 million|
|Sam Holden||12.3 million|
I've got one name circled as the my favorite to win: Eoghan (pronounced Owen) O'Dea. Not only is he in second place in chips, but being in this position is what he was born to do. He is looking to become a second generation final table member. Eoghan is the son of well known Irish pro and 1998 bracelet winner Donnacha O’Dea. Donnacha twice made the final table at the WSOP's Main Event.
Given his father's poker career the he 26-year-old has perspective on what a bracelet means. However, his eyes are firmly on the paper prize. O'Dea:
"When I was really young, it was definitely the bracelet. But now, it's about the money. It's a dream to win this event."
Not that O'Dea is hurting for money. He already has five cash finishes at this year's WSOP, and he has built a strong resume in his young career.
O’Dea has already amassed $732,511 in live earnings. This includes a second place finish at 2008 Ladbrokes Poker Million for $250,000, and a second at the 2009 WPT Marrakech for $378,227.
Eoghan O’Dea has also dominated online poker. Among other online victories he won the 2008 ECOOP III Main Event for $315,000.
O'Dea has been plodding along in this Main Event. He is making his gains hand-by-hand and not with the big score. Here is O'Dea on the subject from onlinepoker.net:
"I haven’t really had any all-in pre pots. I had two ‘flips the whole tournament; that was the closest for me being out. Nothing big. I haven’t played any huge pots. My whole tournament has more or less been like that. At the start, I had more than average, but never been a big stack and no crazy pots."
Chances are that at some point he is going to find himself in a crazy pot before this tournament is over, and when he does, I am betting on him to win it. A lot will happen between now and the time a Main Event bracelet is handed out, but when it is, I am betting on O'Dea to be the one wearing it.
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