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Hougaard becomes first WSOP and WSOPE bracelet winner

It was a great start to the second World Series of Poker Europe with a record 410 players buying in for WSOPE Event 1 (WSOP Event 56), a £1,500 no-limit hold 'em event, the largest poker tournament ever held in London. The first event attracted many of poker's biggest players including Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth and five members of the November Nine.

Even after a year in between events, the story at WSOPE continues to be the domination of European players on their home turf. For the fourth consecutive tournament, a European would claim a WSOPE bracelet, but in this case, the victory was very significant.

Jesper Hougaard, a 24-year-old professional poker player from Copenhagen, Denmark, became the first player to win a bracelet both in Las Vegas and in London. After winning Event 36 on June 19 and WSOPE Event 1, Hougaard is now considered the second double-bracelet winner of the year, sharing that honor with John Phan. He now has five lifetime cashes for $920,488.

Hougaard entered the final table in eighth place, but managed to overcome the deficit almost immediately. On the eighth hand, Hougaard doubled up against the then-chip leader Adam Junglen by winning a race with 9-9 against A-K. Only 16 hands later, Hougaard got extremely lucky to double up against off of Junglen. Holding A-4, Hougaard needed to improve against Junglen's A-9. After an innocuous flop, an ace hit the turn and a four hit the river to put Hougaard on track. Junglen, who held a commanding chip lead throughout the first two days, finished in sixth.

Heads-up play with Fuad Serhan, a 58-year-old retiree from Cobham, England, lasted only four hands, but for Serhan, it was unfortunately a repeat of his performance at an EPT event in London where he finished in second place. Serhan earned £89,175 for second place.

Other notable finishers include Andy Bloch (15th), Negreanu (24th) and Brandon Cantu (27th).

Below are the complete results from Event 1 of the 2008 World Series of Poker Europe:

Event 1: No-limit hold 'em
Buy-in: £1,500
Entries:410
Prize pool: ₤615,000 ($1,126,754)
Players in the money: 45

1. Jesper Hougaard (£144,218)
2. Fuad Serhan (£89,175)
3. Yevgeniy Timoshenko (£55,350)
4. Neil Channing (£44,588)
5. John Dwyer (£36,285)
6. Adam Junglen (£28,598)
7. Linda Lee (£22,448)
8. Ian Woodley (£17,835)
9. Daniel Nutt (£13,222)
10. Christoph Bommes (£8,610)
11. Costas Artemis (£8,610)
12. Joseph El-Shater (£7,072)
13. Tim Penningon (£7,072)
14. John Kabbaj (£7,072)
15. Andy Bloch (£7,072)
16. Warren Woodall (£5,535)
17. Matthew Novak (£5,535)
18. Willie Tann (£5,535)
19. Michael Bepper (£4,305)
20. (Unknown Player) (£4,305)
21. Amir Englund (£4,305)
22. Nathan Lee (£4,305)
23. Jason Gray (£4,305)
24. Daniel Negreanu (£4,305)
25. Arkadi Kilman (£4,305)
26. Dennis Hassabis (£4,305)
27. Brandon Cantu (£4,305)
28. John Buttifant (£3,690)
29. Salim Ghozali (£3,690)
30. Terry Cook (£3,690)
31. Xavier Laszcz (£3,690)
32. William Martin (£3,690)
33. Ken Corkery (£3,690)
34. Carlos Tejado Perez (£3,690)
35. Sidney Harris (£3,690)
36. Dahe Liu (£3,690)
37. Gary Pearce (£3,075)
38. Ilkka Koskinen (£3,075)
39. James Akenhead (£3,075)
40. David La Ronde (£3,075)
41. Oystein Sati (£3,075)
42. Darren Fuller (£3,075)
43. Thomas Merved (£3,075)
44. Surinder Sunar (£3,075)
45. Ben Grundy (£3,075)