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Action Jack Cruises to Victory in WHUPC Opening Event

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Paul "Action Jack" Jackson romped to victory in the €1,000 No Limit Hold 'Em event here in Barcelona last weekend. With a field of runners reading like a "Who's who" of European poker, victory was never going to be an easy feat. Yet, Jackson took the game by the scruff of the neck and demolished a star studded field.

Sporting what could only be described as an "interesting shirt" Jackson took his seat with 138 of Europe's finest in the warmth of an early summers afternoon in Spain. The 4pm start time and 5,000 starting chips was designed to allow the tournament to finish in one day. With the main heads-up event starting the next this gave players the chance to compete in both events.

Thomas Kremser got the tournament underway just a few minutes after the advertised start time. British players were out in force. Marc Goodwin, Dave Colclough, xuyen "bad girl" Pham, Steve Vladar, Paul Jackson and current European ranking leader Mickey Wernick set about the business of winning 1st place and a tidy €50,000.

The first of the Brits to cash was A.R Chapman in 13th, taking away a creditable €1950. Xuyen Pham again proved what an outstanding talent she is by finalling in 7th for €4200. The ever consistent James Atkin pushed hard for 4th €8300. But, it was West-Midlander Jackson that took the glory and €52,000. Jackson, who pushed Phil Ivey all the way in the Monte Carlo Millions late last year, chalked up his first victory of 2006 and 1200 ranking points for his efforts.

The result in full:

1st Paul Jackson (England) €52,800

2nd Matts Eriksson (Sweden) €26,400

3rd Erich Kollmann (Austria) €13,100

4th James Atkin (England) €8,300

5th Bedros Kupelian (Germany) €5,500

6th Alex Dietrich (Germany) €4,900

7th Xuyen 'Bad Girl' Pham (England) €4,200

8th Juan Manuel Pastor (Spain) €3,450

9th James Haughey (Ireland) €2,800

10th Fuhrer Wilhelm (Austria) €2,230

11th David Daneshgar (USA) €2,230

12th Nichlas Saarisilta (Sweden) €2,230

13th A R Chapman (England) €1,950

14th Olle Tjaldin (Sweden) €1,950

15th Rino Mathis (Switzerland) €1,950

16th Guiseppe Nesci (Italy) €1,670

17th Brigitta Johansson (Sweden) €1,670

18th Claudio Pagano (Italy) €1,670

The heads-up event is well under way, with Dave "Devilfish" Ulliot an early casualty. Stay tuned to UK Poker News for the latest.

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