Hougaard wins second Bracelet of the Year
Danish pro Jesper Hougaard became the first person to have won a bracelet in both the USA and Europe last night when he took down the £1,500 opening event of the WSOPE. He overcame a final table that included a big chip leader in the form of Adam Junglen and UK pros Neil Channing and Ian Woodley along the way.
Junglen was an early casualty after running into a succession of dominated hands, including running ace-queen into the ace-king of Channing, followed by his ace-five into the pocket fives of John Dwyer. Channing battled onto 4th place and was unlucky to see his pocket eights counterfeited on a board of JcJdTdTs5c against the Ah6c of Hougaard, which saw the Irish Open winner exit for £44,588.
A lengthy three handed battle ensued between Hougaard, Yevgeniy Timoshenko and UK player Fuad Serhan. Hougaard finally got the upper hand when his ace-jack won a race against the pocket fours of Timoshenko, who was eliminated in 3rd place. Three handed was long but heads up was very short, as within just five hands Serhan got all his money in the middle with ace-king of clubs against the ace-jack of diamonds of Hougaard. The flop brought Hougaard the nut flush of diamonds immediately and Serhan had to settle for 2nd place.
Final Table Payouts
1st Jesper Hougaard £144,218
2nd Fuad Serhan £89,175
3rd Yevgeniy Timoshenko £55,350
4th Neil Channing £44,588
5th John Dwyer £36,285
6th Adam Junglen £28,598
7th Linda Lee £22,448
8th Ian Woodley £17,835
9th Daniel Mutt £13,222
'ckingusc' wins WCOOP Main Event
The Pokerstars.net World Championship of Online Poker ended with a real bang last night in the form of day 2 of the $5,200 main event with just under an $11 million prize pool. The winner was Carter 'ckingusc' King of Columbia who won $1.75 million but a big hand goes out to 'liberace', a London based played who came 2nd for a whopping $1,311,000.
In third place was 'AJKHoosier1' who won $941,735, which is bad news for UK star Chris Moorman. 'AJKHoosier1' is currently hot on Moorman's heels in the online player of the year race and this result could well see him leapfrog Chris. Moorman did, however, make a big WCOOP final table this year so that could soften the blow a little for him.
Hats off also have to go to Matt "ShoesRDurrty" Swoboda who came in 4th place. The 19 year old student was a low stakes cash player who won his seat to the main event in a freeroll, he tried to unregister from the event and use the tournament dollars elsewhere but couldn't, instead he managed to win over $800,000 after a chop deal. Not bad going for a freeroll winner.
The Bodog Poker Open is Back
Just as one landmark online poker festival ends, another one begins. The Bodog Poker Open returns with 14 events, six bounty tournaments and over $650,000 in guaranteed prize money. The week long festival starts this Sunday and ends on the 5th of October with a $300,000 guaranteed main event.
Not only that but six of the events will have bounties on the heads of every Team Bodog pro (David Williams, Justin Bonomo, Evelyn Ng and Jean-Robert Bellande.) in the field, with a $109 tournament ticket being awarded for each. You can qualify for all 14 of these events in daily feeder satellites at Bodog Poker
Phil and Phil head the HORSE Event
Phil Ivey and Phil Hellmuth are your chip leaders in the £2,500 HORSE Event at the WSOPE going into day 2. We told you Mr Ivey was in good shape after a dominant couple of months at the cash tables and Mr Hellmuth is proving he is not by any means 'just a hold'em player', although Mike Matusow didn't agree as he told our cameramen "Keep that camera on Phil's chips, because he's not going to have a single one by tomorrow night".
Joe Beevers is also proving he was no fluke as the last Brit standing in last year's event, as he is just behind the chip leaders with 31,300. Keep an eye on the exclusive Pokernews live updates today to see who makes the final table and if Phil and Phil have a chance of adding to their impressive bracelet counts.
Phil Ivey - 59,200
Phil Hellmuth - 54,200
Woody Deck - 37,500
Bruce Yamron - 34,700
Erik Albinsson - 32,400
Adam Osborne - 31,900
Yuval Bronshtein - 31,900
Joe Beevers – 31,300