2008 World Series of Poker Europe Event 1
Event 1 Day 1A
An additional 219 players showed up for Day 1B, making a total of 410 in this event. Total prize pool reached £615,000 pounds with money going to the top 45 finishers. First place will receive £144,218 for their efforts. And remember that no achievements will be slighted as all WSOPE results are included in WSOP records -- including all-time wins, cashes, final table appearances, etc.
Several notable former WSOP gold bracelet winners and poker pros played in Event 1 -- Day 1-B. This list included Phil Hellmuth, John Phan, Jean-Robert Bellande, Michael Binger, Howard Lederer, Jeff Madsen, Sorel Mizzi, David Williams, Davil "Devil Fish" Ulliott, Andrew Black, Andreas Krause, Andy Bloch, Ben Roberts, Jeffrey Lisandro, Annette Obrestad who won the Main Event last year, John Juanda, Mike Matusow, Melissa Hayden, Allen Cunningham, Robert Williamson III, Jennifer Tilly, Phil Laak, Mickey Wernick, and many others. The payout schedule is as follows:
Here is the list of the final table players as given by the WSOP:
Here is the WSOP summary on what took place at the final table:
The champion is Jesper Hougaard. Hougaard is a 24-year-old professional poker player. Hougaard's victory means he now becomes the first player in history to win WSOP gold bracelets on both sides of the Atlantic. He won his first WSOP title in Las Vegas. This victory occurred in London. Hougaard collected first place prize money totaling £144,218, equivalent to about $264,019 in US dollars.
Hougaard won his way into this tournament by winning a poker "boot camp" sponsored by Betfair. The popular poker site agreed to give the second-place finisher in that same boot camp 50 percent of whatever prize money was earned by Hougaard. The name of the lucky player has not yet been released. However, he/she is now £72,109 richer – thanks to Huogaard and Betfair.
When Hougaard was heads up against Fuad Serhan, the Dane enjoyed a 4 to 1 chip advantage over his opponent. However, on what turned out to be the final hand of the tournament, Serhan held a huge advantage. With about 500,000 in chips invested in the pot, Serhan had A-K versus Hougaard's A-J (two diamonds). The flop was a horrible beat for Serhan, as three diamonds fell – giving Hougaard a flush. Serhan was left drawing dead while Hougaard won WSOP victory number two.
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