England wins PartyPoker.com Poker Nations Cup

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Although it seems like England may never win another Word Cup in soccer, the nation is at least making waves in the poker world.

Captained by Rolande De Wolfe, Team Great Britain steamrollered their way to victory at the 2008 Joe Beevers, Ian Frazer and PartyPoker.com online qualifier Charlie Durbin.

Indeed it was the man of the moment, Neil Channing, who eventually brought the cup home for jolly old England after a tense heads-up battle with Ireland's Donnacha O'Dea.

"I'm absolutely delighted," said team captain De Wolfe. "In many ways it is even better to win a team event for your country than [to] win an individual title. I am so proud that the selections of my team were vindicated."

All six teams competed in a "tag" final where each team captain's judgment was vital, as it was up to them to make tactical substitutions and strategic time-outs.

Channing was positively brimming with excitement over the big win.

"I am as proud of this as I am of my win in Ireland," Channing said. "It was an honor to be picked to represent my country and great to be chosen to play the crucial final leg for the team."

After six heats Britain arrived at the final table, sharing second place in chips with Holland just behind leaders Germany. Things got off to a bang with Holland's Quirijn Van der Peet winning a massive pot against Germany's Benjamin Kang, which ended up changing the dynamics of the final table.

Ireland used their entire quota of substitutions in short order and it nearly paid off, with Donnacha O'Dea playing the majority of the final table.

Surprisingly Team USA, which seemed stacked with the likes of Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Robert Williamson III, Chad Brown, Montel Williams, Thomas Keller and Jamie Gold, was sent to the rail first.

Defending champions Sweden were next to go, with Germany following on their heels shortly after. Holland was then eliminated when their dramatic swings in play finally caught up with them. Holland team captain Marcel Luske was in the game for their final hand, which was 10 9 against O'Dea's A-K. Despite just missing the money, Luske was pleased with his team's performance at the international poker competition.

It was Ireland vs. England in the final and, with Channing's help, England walked away the victor. This is the second time England has won the Poker Nations Cup - they pulled it off in 2006 as well.

The event will be produced for Channel 4 in the U.K. with the likes of Vicky Coren, Joe Beevers, Jamie Gold and Paidraig Parkinson all handling the commentating duties.

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