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Former Danish tennis player wins bracelet

Event 35 | Event 37

Although it was chips, not points that count in Las Vegas, Jesper Hougaard still found success. Hougaard, a former table tennis player, traded in his paddle for a poker table and won his first WSOP bracelet in Event 36, the $1,500 no-limit hold 'em event. Hougaard, a 24-year-old professional poker player from Denmark, defeated a field of 2,447 players to win the first place prize of $610,304.

The victory for Hougaard marked the second WSOP bracelet win for the country ever with the first bracelet being won by Jan Sorensen. Hougaard was filled with pride for his country and appreciated all the support from his friends and family at home.

"I want to thank everyone in Denmark and Greenland who I know has been watching this," he said of the ESPN360.com coverage. "I know it is six-o'clock in the morning (over there) right now. I am so glad to could make it worthwhile. Thank you."

Hougaard believed that the same principles that apply to table tennis apply to those in poker. His experience in both fields contributed to his success, but the idea that you have to restart the action after every point is similar to how a new hand is dealt.

"You have to regroup," he said of the action in table tennis. "That is something we do. You have to always get ready for the next match."

Other notable finishers include Aaron Kanter (third), Danny Wong (fourth) and Duncan Bell (20th).

Below are the complete results from Event 36 of the 2008 World Series of Poker:

Event 36: No-limit hold 'em
Buy-in: $1,500
Entries: 2,447
Prize pool: $3,340,155
Players in the money: 198

1. Jesper Hougaard ($610,304)
2. Cody Slaubaugh ($389,128)
3. Aaron Kanter ($258,862)
4. Danny Wong ($217,110)
5. Doug Middleton ($177,028)
6. Justin Wald ($140,286)
7. Rick Solis ($106,884)
8. Owen Crowe ($81,833)
9. John Shipley ($56,782)
10. Jeremy Schofer ($36,741)
11. Bryan Paris ($36,741)
12. Thomas Braband ($36,741)
13. Craig Douglas ($28,391)
14. Chance Steed ($28,391)
15. Bryan Micon ($28,391)
16. John Macdonald ($20,040)
17. Christopher Goo ($20,040)
18. Daniel Bowman ($20,040)
19. Thomas Gabriel ($16,032)
20. Duncan Bell ($16,032)
21. Christopher Coghlan ($16,032)
22. Joseph Grenon ($16,032)
23. Anthony Sapio ($16,032)
24. Edward Sabat ($16,032)
25. Roy Vandersluis ($16,032)
26. Lasse Petersen ($16,032)
27. Tad Jurgens ($16,032)
28. Charles Danna ($12,692)
29. Franco Brunetti ($12,692)
30. Nadim Shabou ($12,692)
31. Can Hua ($12,692)
32. Danny Parks ($12,692)
33. Gerald Martello ($12,692)
34. Robert Goodson ($12,692)
35. Kirby Brewer ($12,692)
36. Roy Best ($12,692)
37. Robert Cotton ($10,020)
38. Sutton Zolner ($10,020)
39. Richard Deeb ($10,020)
40. Scott Ward ($10,020)
41. Timothy Lyons ($10,020)
42. Jimmy Mcnutt ($10,020)
43. Matthew Tully ($10,020)
44. Arthur Lee ($10,020)
45. James Mackowiak ($10,020)
46. Praz Bansi ($9,018)
47. Gary Lundgren ($9,018)
48. Howard Millian ($9,018)
49. Stanley Gresham ($9,018)
50. Dale Heise ($9,018)
51. Stephen Ma ($9,018)
52. Tom Lee ($9,018)
53. Sean Chen ($9,018)
54. Marc Aubin ($9,018)
55. Anthony Isa ($8,016)
56. Mark Kelly ($8,016)
57. Michael Mcclain ($8,016)
58. Gerald Limber ($8,016)
59. John Dephillips ($8,016)
60. Robert Gray ($8,016)
61. Thi Pham ($8,016)
62. Javid Javani ($8,016)
63. Chun Wong ($8,016)
64. Mustafa Ali ($7,014)
65. Jose Lopez ($7,014)
66. Isaac Haxton ($7,014)
67. Paul Fehlig ($7,014)
68. Leonid Yanovski ($7,014)
69. Curtis Holt ($7,014)
70. Jennafer Liebig ($7,014)
71. Brian Cospolich ($7,014)
72. Pedro Mendoza ($7,014)
73. Jose Delaguardia ($6,012)
74. Brock Bullock ($6,012)
75. Martin Green ($6,012)
76. Kevin Forster ($6,012)
77. Geremy Eiland ($6,012)
78. Kelly Denbaugh ($6,012)
79. Alex Jacob ($6,012)
80. Freddy Deeb ($6,012)
81. Michael Bernal ($6,012)
82. Martin Clemmensen ($5,344)
83. Kelly Mclain ($5,344)
84. J.C. Tran ($5,344)
85. David Rohrbach ($5,344)
86. Oliver Buhle ($5,344)
87. Leonard Behrens ($5,344)
88. Stephen Smith ($5,344)
89. Christopher Klodnicki ($5,344)
90. Daniel Buzgon ($5,344)
91. David Wooster ($4,676)
92. Michael Foley ($4,676)
93. Matthew Smith ($4,676)
94. Anthony Meeker ($4,676)
95. Charles Jenness ($4,676)
96. Jay Mecklinger ($4,676)
97. John Ferguson ($4,676)
98. Craig Hueffner ($4,676)
99. Tony Burton ($4,676)
100. Tex Bronson ($4,008)
101. Richard Lister ($4,008)
102. Hung Do ($4,008)
103. Kevin O'Dell ($4,008)
104. David Miara ($4,008)
105. Joshua Roberts ($4,008)
106. Jason Mckinley ($4,008)
107. Carmel Petresco ($4,008)
108. Andrew Ma ($4,008)
109. Mark Jones ($4,008)
110. John Kulish ($4,008)
111. Jorge Arias ($4,008)
112. Jordan Smith ($4,008)
113. Gary Shelton ($4,008)
114. Gary Bogdanski ($4,008)
115. Richard Fohrenbach ($4,008)
116. Stephan Sieber ($4,008)
117. Justin Rollo ($4,008)
118. Lawrence Masi ($4,008)
119. John Zioulas ($4,008)
120. James Massar ($4,008)
121. Timothy Kellstrom ($4,008)
122. Patrick Nepote ($4,008)
123. Peter Sheridan ($4,008)
124. Sean Keeton ($4,008)
125. Dustin Dirksen ($4,008)
126. Daniel Grant ($4,008)
127. Arnold Spee ($3,340)
128. Dag Mikkelsen ($3,340)
129. Andrew Margolis ($3,340)
130. Daniel Deveau ($3,340)
131. Philip Collins ($3,340)
132. Bart Wetsteijn ($3,340)
133. Tam Ho ($3,340)
134. Matthew Sallee ($3,340)
135. Rip Fritzer ($3,340)
136. Lance Schubert ($3,340)
137. Matthew Bucaric ($3,340)
138. Sean Lefort ($3,340)
139. Alex Kleyman ($3,340)
140. Kevin Macphee ($3,340)
141. Garrick Lau ($3,340)
142. Tai Phan ($3,340)
143. Brian Mccann ($3,340)
144. Joel Nichols ($3,340)
145. Earl Coggin ($3,340)
146. Ronald Dorval ($3,340)
147. Paul Benichou ($3,340)
148. Michael Berry ($3,340)
149. Luca Pagano ($3,340)
150. Emanuel Santiago ($3,340)
151. Brian Kaplan ($3,340)
152. Roger Wells ($3,340)
153. Jeffrey Blake ($3,340)
154. Bao Huynh ($3,340)
155. Kim Schumann ($3,340)
156. Jonathan Aaron ($3,340)
157. Derek Whitehill ($3,340)
158. Alexander Ringler ($3,340)
159. Anthony Winters ($3,340)
160. Dan Gatto ($3,340)
161. Aaron Steury ($3,340)
162. Christopher Allyn ($3,340)
163. Chris Tsiprailidis ($3,340)
164. George Garrison ($3,006)
165. Christopher Epps ($3,006)
166. Jesse Martin ($3,006)
167. David Whitton ($3,006)
168. Ronald Bender ($3,006)
169. Kevin Paler ($3,006)
170. David Jordan ($3,006)
171. Danny Wong ($3,006)
172. Jonathan Baldwin ($3,006)
173. Veronica Dabul ($3,006)
174. David Silverman ($3,006)
175. William Butler ($3,006)
176. Arthur Evans ($3,006)
177. Mark Bonsack ($3,006)
178. Michael Sica ($3,006)
179. Justin Kramer ($3,006)
180. Sammy Lewis ($3,006)
181. Dmitrii Valouev ($3,006)
182. Justin Pechie ($3,006)
183. George Mesi ($3,006)
184. Howard Gee ($3,006)
185. Ronald Jeandron ($3,006)
186. Steven Michaels ($3,006)
187. Randall Carter ($3,006)
188. Marvin Duke ($3,006)
189. Christopher Moorman ($3,006)
190. Dennis Chae ($3,006)
191. Stuart Spear ($3,006)
192. Frank Cascino ($3,006)
193. Bryan Li ($3,006)
194. David Garcia ($3,006)
195. Gioi Luong ($3,006)
196. Scott Flint ($3,006)
197. Gregory Ramos ($3,006)
198. Derrick White ($3,006)