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Ellis Wins Fourth British Bracelet
The British invasion continues at the 2010 WSOP, as England added another bracelet to its total Friday night.
London's Mike Ellis is the latest Brit to take down a bracelet at the 2010 WSOP, coming away with victory in the $1.5 No-Limit Hold'em event.
The 45-year-old financial trader had to grind it out past the 5 a.m. mark in the early hours of Saturday morning, outlasting American Christopher Gonzalez heads-up for the win.
Ellis' victory banks him a $581,851 first-pace prize, and he's the fourth British player to earn a bracelet at the 2010 WSOP.
The four bracelets are all-time high for England at a single WSOP, with Praz Bansi, James Dempsey and Richard Ashby also winning bracelet events this year.
"I'm really proud of what we've accomplished here this year," said Ellis, who's no stranger to success at the WSOP.
The win gives Ellis his sixth career cash finish at the WSOP, and pushes his live tournament career earnings past the $1.1 million mark.
Ellis has been a professional poker player since 2004, and winning his first WSOP bracelet in marathon fashion is a breakthrough for yet another Brit in 2010.
"It was relief finally winning it," Ellis said. "I just kept saying to myself hang in there. Try to stay alert and just try and give everything."
England took home three bracelets at last year's WSOP, giving the Brits seven bracelets in the last two years.