James Bord Wins WSOPE Main Event
The first ever home grown main event champion at the World Series of Poker Europe has been crowned, taking the UK bracelet count for 2010 up to seven. James Bord may not have been the best known player at the final table, particularly in an event where Phil Ivey and Viktor Blom commanded so much attention, but you would not have thought that to look at his support.
Once again a massive British rail made their presence known as 'Bordy' was almost seemingly transformed from unknown mixed game specialist to household tournament star in the turn of a card. Bord was speechless after besting Fabrizio Baldassari heads up in a fierce one on one battle, but his rail reacted as if he had scored the winning goal of the world cup.
The hometown hero had admitted that he had almost given up on tournament poker until his good friend Sam Trickett turned his hand to mentoring him: “I am a Mixed Games cash player. For the past four years, I have been playing high-low games. No-Limit Hold’em has moved on a lot (the players have gotten much better). I was a pretty awful tournament player. Sam (Trickett) being one of my best mates and being one of the best tournament players in all of England gave me some coaching over the last year and now the result is, I got a bracelet! I can’t complain. Thank you Sam!”
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See how he did it via our WSOPE Live Updates
EPT London Starts Today
No rest for the wicked, yes our roving team of reporters don’t event get a day off as they will be packing up their laptops and heading straight onto to tube to report on the EPT London Main Event, which gets underway today at the Hilton Metropole Hotel. The £5,000 Main Event is the final in a massive event London poker festival and could be the biggest event yet.
Last year this event broke to UK attendance record with a staggering 730 entries when Aaron Gustavson beat Peter Eastgate heads up for the title. The smart money is on a UK victory this time out after such a prolific year from the Brits but there is only one way to find out, via our exclusive Live Updates later on today.
Liv Boeree Joins PokerStars
And now for the least surprising news of the poker year, as free agent, poker royalty and EPT champion Liv Boeree has joined Team PokerStars. The 26 year old has been one of the biggest stories of the year after winning EPT San Remo and almost everyone assumed she would be joining Stars sooner rather than later.
"It's more of an honour than I can really describe. It's something I've been aspiring towards ever since I learned about the world of poker, and I am over the moon to be achieving such a huge personal goal!"
"I hope to grow my game as far as possible by studying and playing as much as I can. I'll also hopefully get to use the wonderful resource of the other Team Pros - some of the greatest poker minds in the game! Hopefully I'll use this to produce further results and make the Team proud!"
Liv will make her debut appearance in Stars colours this week at EPT London
You literally have two days left to qualify for the next $10,000 Sunday Million Freeroll on PokerStars. However don’t despair, we are about to announce three more of these bad boys and they are set to be worth $15,000 from now on!