Jesper Hougaard(credit: YouTube)
Jesper Hougaard entered the final table of the £1,500 in 8th place. The 24 year old Danish poker player, who signed on with Bet365 poker after winning a bracelet at the 2008 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas earlier this summer, was well behind the chip leader, Adam Junglen. Only London player Fuad Serhan lagged behind the Dane.
However, both Serhan and Hougaard outlasted the players who outchipped them at the beginning of the day. In a strange twist of faith, they battled back from near-extinction. Serhan eliminated Linda Lee, the only woman at the final table. The American hit the rail in seventh place, earning £22,448 for her efforts. They both watched as Junglen, the former chip leader, hit the rail in sixth position. He was KO’d by John Dwyer who headed out the door next, eliminated by the 2008 APT Macau Main Event winner, Yevgeniy Timoshenko.
Hougaard then took out Neil “Bad Beat” Channing, the 2008 Irish Poker Open winner, in fourth position, and the aforementioned Timoshenko in third place. At this point, he entered heads-up play against the Londoner with a five-to-one lead. Five hands later, Hougaard made history as the first player to win a World Series of Poker bracelet on both sides of the pond in the same calendar year.
These are the final results:
1) Jesper Hougaard (Denmark) - £144,218
2) Fuad Serhan (UK) - £89,175
3) Yevgeniy Timoshenko (USA) - £55,350
4) Neil Channing (UK) – £44,588
5) John Dwyer (Ireland) - £36,285
6) Adam Junglen (USA) - £28,598
7) Linda Lee (USA) - £22,448
8) Ian Woodley (UK) - £17,835
9) Daniel Nutt (UK) - £13,222
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