Event 1, No-Limit Hold'em - Live Updates

This year's WSOP Europe has kicked off with £1,500 No-Limit Hold'em and Jesper Hougaard is the champ. The Dane defeated Fuad Sehern in heads-up play to claim a first prize worth £144,218, as well as his second WSOP bracelet of 2008. The action continues in Event #2, the H.O.R.S.E. tournament; don't stop 'til you get enough!

Day 3 Live Updates

09/22/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 1 - Hougaard Wins!

Jesper Hougaard
Winnar!

This tournament is over and Jesper Hougaard is champion. Hougaard defeated Fuad Serhan in heads-up play to claim the title and the first WSOPE bracelet of the year.

Here's how it all went down:

Another Come-from-Behind Double-Up for Serhan

Fuad Serhan open-shoves from the small blind and Yevgeniy Timoshenko makes the call in the big blind, turning up A 5 against Serhan's J 7. The flop comes T 7 3 and Serhan again flops the best hand. The turn is the 8 and the river the K and Serhan doubles up to $540,000.

Timoshattered! (Third)

The Stare Down
The stare down!

As he has done repeatedly over the last number of rounds, Jesper Hougaard open-shoves from the button. Serhan mucks in the small blind but Timoshenko makes the call for his tournament life, showing 4 4 to Hougaard's A J. Yes Benjo, it's a race.

The flop comes A 9 5 and Hougaard flops an ace, sending Serhan out of his seat as the short stack sees a pay jump in his future. The turn is the 8 and the river the 3 and Hougaard takes the pot, ending the epic battle with Timoshenko and sending his rival to the rail in third place. He'll earn £55,300 for his time.

Heads-Up!

As heads-up play begins, Hougaard holds $2 million in chips to Serhan's $445,000. The WSOP bracelet is presented and the two combatants shake hands and exchange good luck wishes before settling down to finish what was started. With that, the game is afoot once more.

Finalists!
The gruesome twosome!

Over!

Just a few hands into heads-up play and Serhan raises to $120,000. Hougaard puts him all-in and Serhan instantly calls, turning up A K against Hougaard's A J. Serhan is in great shape to double up and only needs to dodge a brutal suck-out to stay alive. Then the brutal suck-out happens.

The flop comes T 6 5 and that's the end of the story. Hougaard flops a diamond flush and there's no way Serhan can come back. The board finishes out with the academic 7 and 9 and it's official: Jesper Hougaard is the first man to win WSOP bracelets on both sides of the Atlantic!

For the victory, Hougaard takes home £144,218 while Serhan becomes the highest-paid barnacle since Alex Kravchenko, banking £89,175 for his efforts.

Congratulations to both players and to all who cashed! Stay tuned for the interview.

Level
23
Blinds
20000/40000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
$2,460,000
Players Left
1
Tables Left
1
09/22/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 1 - Back from Dinner!

Fuad Serhan
Barnacle-ing it up!

The dinner break is over and the cards are back in the air on the final table. We'll play till we've got a champ.

Here are the current chip counts as we get back into the groove:

Jesper Hougaard: $1,540,000

Yevgeniy Timoshenko: $590,000

Fuad Serhan: $330,000

 

Level
23
Blinds
20000/40000
Ante
5000
Average Stack
$820,000
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
09/22/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 1 - Roller-Coaster!

Jesper Hougaard
Current chip leader!

The action remains three-handed in the Empire Casino as Event 1 of the 2008 World Series of Poker Europe plays down to a champion. Jesper Hougaard has regained the lead over rival Yivgeniy Timoshenko and the two look poised to battle it out for the bracelet. Meanwhile, however, Fuad Serhan continues his tenacious effort, hanging on with just barely enough chips to survive.

We're now on a two-hour dinner break, but here's how the poker has played out over the last hour:

Timoshenko Regains the Lead

In the third hand of three-handed play, Yevgeniy Timoshenko raises to $60,000 out of the small blind and Jesper Hougaard puts him all-in from the big blind. Timoshenko calls for his tournament life, tabling A K to Hougaard's A Q.

The board comes 5 5 5 K J and Hougaard can't engineer the suck-out, thus shipping half of his chips across the table to Timoshenko, who inherits his rival's millionaire status and the chip lead.

Serhan Stays Alive

Fuad Serhan is something of the third wheel in this competition, with all eyes on the Timoshenko/Hougaard battle that's taken all day to shape up. But Serhan is staying alive, most recently courtesy a double-up through Hougaard.

In the hand, Serhan shipped from the button for $156,000 and Hougaard called in the big blind, showing A 5 to Serhan's Q 9. The board comes 8 7 4 9 T and  Serhan turns the best hand to double up and keep the dream alive.

Hougaard Wins a Monsterpotten!

Hougaard raises to $65,000 on the button and Timoshenko defends in the big blind. The flop comes J 9 3 and Timoshenko checks to Hougaard, who bets out $72,000. Timoshenko flat-calls and the turn is the 7.

Yevgeniy Timoshenko
The baby-faced assassin!

Now Timoshenko fires out $180,000 and it's Hougaard's turn to flat-call. The river is the 8 and Timoshenko bets out $180,000 again. Hougaard plays with his chips for a minute or so before announcing a raise all-in, and Timoshenko insta-calls.

Hougaard flips up Q T for the nuts and Timoshenko has K T. Hougaard doubles up and Timoshenko is left with barely $300,000 to play with.

Timoshenko Doubles

On the very next hand, Timoshenko ships it all-in from the small blind for $271,000 and Hougaard, still stacking chips, makes the call. He's got A 5 and Timoshenko has A J. The board runs K-8-6-3-6 and Timoshenko takes the pot with his ace-jack kicker to take down the pot and double up.

Chips Ahoy!

Here are the current chip counts as the field breaks for dinner:

Seat 1
Fuad Serhan
$350,000
Seat 2
Daniel Nutt
9th
Seat 3
Yevgeniy Timoshenko
$550,000
Seat 4 John Dwyer
5th
Seat 5
Ian Woodley
8th
Seat 6  Jesper Hougaard
$1,550,000
Seat 7
Linda Lee
7th
Seat 8
Neil Channing
4th
Seat 9
Adam Junglen
6th
Level
22
Blinds
15000/30000
Ante
4000
Average Stack
$820,000
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
09/22/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 1 - Threesome!

We're down to the last three players in the first event at the 2008 World Series of Poker Europe with a WSOP bracelet-winner and the 2008 APT Macau champ still in contention. We've lost Neil Channing and John Dwyer in the last level and Jesper Hougaard has taken (and now lost) the chip lead.

Here are the details:

Hougaard Doubles Through Timoshenko

Yevgeniy Timoshenko raises to $60,000 from the button and Jesper Hougaard moves all-in over the top for another $431,000 from the big blind. Timoshenko tanks for what seems like hours while Hougaard regards him, stone-faced.

Eventually, the big stack stands and makes the call, turning up a pocket pair of sixes to find himself far behind Hougaard's pocket jacks. The board runs A Q 5 8 8  and the jacks hold, giving Hougaard the monsterpotten and the chip lead with more than $1 million to his name.

John Dwyer
A scholar and a gentleman!

Dwyer Washed (5th)

John Dwyer open-shoves all-in from under the gun and the action folds around to Yevgeniy Timoshenko, who makes the call in the big blind with K K. Dwyer has 5 5 and will need to improve to stay alive.

The flop comes A Q 2 and the kings retain their advantage. The turn is the 6 and the river the 8, giving Timoshenko the pot and sending Dwyer to the wrong side of the rail in fifth place. He'll earn £28,598 for his time.

Channing Fried (4th)

Action folds around to Jesper Hougaard in the small blind and he puts big blind Neil Channing all-in. Channing thinks for a minute before making the call for his tournament life, showing 8 8 to Hougaard's A 6.

The flop comes J J T and Channing retains the lead, although Hougaard can reverse that if he can hit an ace, a ten or some running cards. The turn is the T and Hougaard counterfeits Channing's eights, leaving "Bad Beat" in danger of being bad beat himself.

The river card is the 5 and Channing is eliminated. He's out in fourth place and takes £44,588 for his efforts.

Chip Counts

Here are the chip counts for the final three players:

Seat 1
Fuad Serhan
$275,000
Seat 2
Daniel Nutt
9th
Seat 3
Yevgeniy Timoshenko
$1,500,000
Seat 4 John Dwyer
5th
Seat 5
Ian Woodley
8th
Seat 6  Jesper Hougaard
$750,000
Seat 7
Linda Lee
7th
Seat 8
Neil Channing
4th
Seat 9
Adam Junglen
6th
Level
22
Blinds
15000/30000
Ante
4000
Average Stack
$820,000
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
09/22/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 1 - Five Alive!

Neil Channing
Shoving match!

We've reached the end of the 20th level of the tournament and only five contestants remain in this battle for European World Series of Poker supremacy. Day 1 and 2 chipleader Adam Junglen has bowed out of contention after a run of bad cards, and meanwhile 2008 Irish Open camp Neil Channing is push-botting his way to glory, building his stack in tiny increments by shoving seemingly with abandon.

Here's how the last hour played out in the Empire Casino:

Channing Cripples Junglen

Neil Channing open-shoves for his last $190,000 and Adam Junglen moves all-in over the top for about $50,000 more. Action folds around and Channing turns up A K, putting him substantially ahead of Junglen's A Q. The board comes T T 2 J 3 and Channing's Big Slick holds up, giving him the double-up and leaving Junglen running on fumes.

Adam Junglen
It's a Junglen out there!

Junglen Booked (6th)

John Dwyer raises to $60,000 and Adam Junglen moves all-in over the top for another $34,000. Action folds back around to Dwyer, who makes the call with 5 5 and finds himself well ahead of Junglen's A 5.

The flop is a miracle for Junglen, coming A K 3, but the turn is the case five to give Dwyer the dagger set. Junglen is drawing to two outs to stay alive, but the river is the T and the kid is done, son. He's out in sixth and earns £22,448 for what must be a disappointing result for the young American.

Serhan Doubles

Action folds around to Fuad Serhan, who moves all-in for $141,000 from the small blind. In the big blind, Yevgeniy Timoshenko makes the call from the big blind, turning up Q J. Serhan, holding A 5, is ahead in the hand and needs to stay ahead to stay alive.

The board runs 9 6 2 5 A and Serhan takes it with aces-up, thus doubling through Timoshenko and keeping play five-handed.

Chip Counts

Seat 1
Fuad Serhan
$291,000
Seat 2
Daniel Nutt
$0
Seat 3
Yevgeniy Timoshenko
$931,000
Seat 4 John Dwyer
$247,000
Seat 5
Ian Woodley
$0
Seat 6  Jesper Hougaard
$548,000
Seat 7
Linda Lee
$0
Seat 8
Neil Channing
$467,000
Seat 9
Adam Junglen
$0

 

Level
21
Blinds
12000/24000
Ante
3000
Average Stack
$492,000
Players Left
5
Tables Left
1
09/22/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 1 - Lee-ving on a Jet Plane!

Linda Lee
No Lee-way!

It's an all-male final table in Event 1 of the 2008 World Series of Poker Europe at the Empire Casino in London after American Linda Lee was eliminated in seventh place during the last level of play. We've also seen a massive sea change in the table dynamic, with Adam Junglen experiencing a precipitous fall from grace over the last hour.

Read all about it below:

Lee Dungaree'd (Seventh)

After a couple of stutter-step all-ins that failed to catch, Linda Lee shoves all-in for her last $45,000 from the cut-off and the action folds around to Fuad Serhan, who makes the call in the big blind. Lee has K 5 and is ahead of Serhan's Q 9 heading to the flop.

That flop, however, changes things substantially, coming A Q 3. The turn is the 5 and Lee picks up some outs, but the river is the T and the Last Woman Standing is no more. Lee, fiancée to poker publishing giant Avery Cardoza, is out in seventh place and takes £17,835 for her efforts.

Nice Pot for Hougaard

Jesper Hougaard raises from middle position and Yevgeniy Timoshenko calls in the big blind. The flop comes J 9 7 and Timoshenko bets out $56,000. Hougaard makes the call and the turn is the 5. Now both players check and the river is the Q, prompting Timoshenko to make a $96,000 wager. Hougaard calls instantly, turning up K J for second pair. After some prodding from the tournament director, Timoshenko turns up A T and the pot goes to Hougaard.

Timoshenko Doubles!

Adam Junglen raises to $40,000 from the cut-off and Fuad Serhan makes the call on the button before Yevgeniy Timoshenko reraises to $160,000 in the small blind. The big blind folds out and the action's back on Junglen, who considers the matter before pushing all-in over the top.

Yevgeniy Timoshenko
Speed racer!

Serhan pauses for barely a moment before folding out, but Timoshenko is game and makes the call for his tournament life, tabling A K to counter Junglen's red jacks.

The flop comes 5 5 4 and Timoshenko flops a heart-flush draw to complement his overcards. The turn is the T and he gets there, leaving Junglen drawing to a boat to bust his friend and rival. The river card is the T and the kid can't do it. Timoshenko doubles to $980,000 while Junglen is down to his last $230,000.

Serhan Doubles

Neil Channing open-shoves from the cut-off and Fuad Serhan calls off his last $65,000 from the small blind, holding Q Q to Channing's A K. The board comes J T 8 3 3 and Serhan doubles to $139,000 while Channing is down to about $150,000.

Chip Counts

Here are the current chip counts, courtesy www.worldseriesofpoker.com:

Seat 1
Fuad Serhan
$139,000
Seat 2
Daniel Nutt
$0
Seat 3
Yevgeniy Timoshenko
$825,000
Seat 4 John Dwyer
$353,000
Seat 5
Ian Woodley
$0
Seat 6  Jesper Hougaard
$586,000
Seat 7
Linda Lee
$0
Seat 8
Neil Channing
$155,000
Seat 9
Adam Junglen
$220,000
Level
20
Blinds
10000/20000
Ante
3000
Average Stack
$410,000
Players Left
6
Tables Left
1
09/22/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 1 - Woodley Wasted!

We've reached the end of Level 18 and only seven players remain in contention in Event 1 of the 2008 World Series of Poker Europe at the Empire Casino in London. At the break, Adam Junglen and Yevgeniy Timoshenko stood behind the PokerListings media headquarters, talking smack to each other and bragging about how they'll be enjoying the bracelet they're about to win. Pretty loose, those guys.

Here's how the action broke down over the last hour of play:

Hougaard Doubles Again

Adam Junglen raises to $33,000 and Jesper Hougaard reraises all-in for another $138,000. Junglen makes the call with A-9 and Hougaard is behind with A-4. The flop comes Q-T-5 and the turn is an ace, but the river is a four to give Hougaard the suck-out and a new lease on life.

Woodley Chucked (Eighth)

Linda Lee
Keeping it gangsta!

Ian Woodley raises all-in for $70,000 on the button and Jesper Hougaard makes the call in the small blind, holding 6 6 to Woodley's A Q. The flop comes 9 9 7 and the sixes remain ahead, leaving the Englishman needing an ace, queen or seven to take the lead.

The turn is the 6 and Hougaard makes the Cloven-Hoofed Set to leave Woodley drawing dead. The river is the 4 to make it official and Ian Woodley is eliminated in eighth place. He'll earn £17,835 for his time.

Lee Stays Alive

John Dwyer raises to $32,000 and Linda Lee moves all-in over the top for another $53,000. Dwyer makes the call, holding J 7 against Lee's pocket eights. The flop comes J 8 6 to give both players a piece, but Lee maintains the advantage. The board finishes out 9 4 and though Dwyer turns a straight draw he can't get there. Lee doubles up to $150,000.

Chip Counts

Here are the current chip counts as the action continues in Leicester Square:

Seat 1
Fuad Serhan
$187,000
Seat 2
Daniel Nutt
$0
Seat 3
Yevgeniy Timoshenko
$463,000
Seat 4 John Dwyer
$492,000
Seat 5
Ian Woodley
$0
Seat 6  Jesper Hougaard
$448,000
Seat 7
Linda Lee
$91,000
Seat 8
Neil Channing
$241,000
Seat 9
Adam Junglen
$565,000
 
Level
19
Blinds
8000/16000
Ante
2000
Average Stack
$351,429
Players Left
7
Tables Left
1
09/22/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 1 - Final-Table Time!

Adam Junglen
The Kid.

The final table of Event 1, the £1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event at the 2008 World Series of Poker Europe, is under way from the Empire Casino and our nine contestants are facing off on the tournament floor with an eye on claiming that £144,218 first prize.

Play got under way about an hour ago with living legend Doyle Brunson exhorting the dealer to "Shuffle up and deal" and commence that hot poker action. Since then we've had a few key hands, the likes of which we'll discuss below:

Hougaard Doubles!

Adam Junglen raised to $25,000 from early position and Jesper Hougaard moved all-in over the top for another $70,000 or so from the small blind. Junglen made the call, turning up A K and finding himself racing against Hougaard's 9 9

The board came 7 5 3 2 6 and the nines held, giving Hougaard the pot and doubling him up to just under $200,000.

Daniel Nutt
left:Nuttrageous!

Serhan Doubles!

Yevgeniy Timoshenko raises to $25,000 from under the gun and Fuad Serhan and Daniel Nutt call in the blinds. The flop comes Q T 8 and Serhan open-shoves all-in for his last $47,000. Nutt passes but Timoshenko makes the call, tabling 9 9 to Serhan's T T.

The turn is the T, giving Serhan quads and ending the suspense early. The A on the river makes it official and Serhan more than doubles to stay alive. 

Nutt Busted (Ninth)

Hougaard opens for $30,000 and gets calls from Serhan and Nutt before Timoshenko raises to $130,000 from the big blind. Hougaard and Serhan fold but Nutt moves all-in. Timoshenko quickly calls, turning up pocket nines against Nutt's K Q

The board comes A T 8 4 7 and the nines hold, cracking Nutt in ninth place for a £13,222 haul.

Chip Counts

Here is the current state of affairs, courtesy www.worldseriesofpoker.com:

Seat 1
Fuad Serhan
$150,000
Seat 2
Daniel Nutt
$0
Seat 3
Yevgeniy Timoshenko
$561,000
Seat 4 John Dwyer
$545,000
Seat 5
Ian Woodley
$120,000
Seat 6  Jesper Hougaard
$200,000
Seat 7
Linda Lee
$108,000
Seat 8
Neil Channing
$165,000
Seat 9
Adam Junglen
$740,000
Level
18
Blinds
6000/12000
Ante
1000
Average Stack
$307,500
Players Left
8
Tables Left
1

Event Information

Event Name
Event 1, No-Limit Hold'em
Venue
London Clubs International
Date
2008-09-19
Final Day
2008-09-22
Buy In
£1,500
Entrants
410
Prize Pool
£615,000
First Prize
£144,218

Event Winner

Player Prize Money
1 Jesper Hougaard £144,218
2 Fuad Serhan £89,175
3 Yevgeniy Timoshenko £55,300
4 Neil Channing £44,588
5 John Dwyer £36,285

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