Tuesday, 23 September 2008
He'd looked like he was a contender all the way down from the final three tables. Jesper Hougaard is the winner of the WSOPE £1,500 No Limit Hold'em Event.
While home players were routing for Englishman Neil Channing to win another major tournament in 2008, the early story came from overnight chip leader Adam Junglen. Coming to the final table with over 750,000 chips meant he was in great shape to win his first WSOP bracelet. Things didn't go to plan for the young American though, after he first lost a big pot with pocket Jacks against the Ace-King of Yevgeniy Timoshenko, before loses with AQ and A5 against AK and pocket fives respectively meant Junglen had to settle for sixth.Channing's elimination in fourth with pocket eights against the Ace-Six of Jesper Hougaard meant the bracelet would be won by someone with a slightly more exotic name. The final three fought it out for what seemed like an age, but it was the young American Yevgeniy Timoshenko who buckled first from the triumvirate when his pocket fours couldn't hold off the AJ of Hougaard.Only five hands later and the champion was crowned. Fuad Serhan had been in seat one almost unnoticed, but before perhaps even he had realised, he was heads-up for the £144,000 first prize. Hougaard wouldn't be denied, although he did need a helping hand from Lady Luck.As the three had slogged for hours, we thought it would have been a case of two hands colliding which would see a casualty. Perhaps the poker gods were being merciful when they pitted the Ace-King of Serhan against his opponent's Ad-Jd, but when the flop came all diamonds and Hougaard held the nuts, the event was brought to a startling and dramatic end.So there you have it: Jesper Hougaard, the winner of the inaugural £1,500 No Limit Hold'em event. Congratulations!
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