Following last month’s ceremony honoring the finest in poker emanating from Britain, the Irish Poker Awards will be holding their second annual shindig later this month and players can vote online for their favorites in a dozen separate categories.
The voting choices include “Best Online Player,” Best Tournament Player” and “Irish Poker Player of the Year.” Last year’s World Series of Poker Main Event November niner, Eoghan O’Dea, is a nominee in two of those categories. O’Dea finished sixth in the main event and took home $1,720,83 for his efforts. His father, Donnacha O’Dea, has also been nominated by industry experts for an award in two categories this year, that of “Best Cash Player” and “Irish Poker Legend.”
“Following on from the massive success of the British Poker Awards, we can’t wait to put on a great show for the Irish Awards, especially at such a fun event as the IPO,” said event organizer Michael Caselli. “It’s really a time when the Irish Poker community comes together to let its hair down and this will give us the chance to honor that community and celebrate Irish poker in general.”
Last year’s inaugural winners included John O’Shea walking away with honors for both “Best Tournament Player” and “Best All Round Player,” as well as Andy Black for the “Best Cash Player” category. Padraig Parkinson also was recognized for his achievements in poker, grabbing trophies for “Best Blogger” and “Personality of the Year.”
This year’s festivities are set for Oct. 21 at the Regency Hotel Dublin under the sponsorship of BoylePoker held in conjunction with the International Poker Open.