Woods Claims Third U.K. WSOP Bracelet

Darren Woods
Darren Woods

The British Invasion is in full swing at the 2011 WSOP thanks to Darren Woods’ victory in the $2.5k Limit Hold’em Six-Max Tournament last night.

Woods outlasted 354 players and a tough final table that included femme fatale Kim Nguyen to win his first WSOP bracelet and $213k.

 “It’s what every poker player wants to win,” said Woods. “The money is great as well but winning the bracelet is something else entirely.”

Wood is a 26-year-old poker pro from Grimsby, U.K., who prior to playing poker, worked as a trainee at an accounting firm for nearly one year.

Surprisingly his experience in accounting did not exactly help his poker bankroll management.

“To be honest it did not help at all,” laughed Woods. “In terms of my bankroll, one moment I’ll be nearly broke and then I’ll have a lot again.”

Eventually Woods tired of the accounting industry and found online poker much more interesting and a better way to make money.

“I like free money,” he said. “I clicked on one of those free $50 online poker pop ups and just took it from there.”

Woods is the third player from the U.K. to win a bracelet this summer, joining Jake Cody and Matt Perrins.

It’s been a particularly strong year for English players and the country is on track to best the five WSOP bracelets it tallied last summer.

The United States is in no danger of being dethroned, however, as there have already been 15 U.S. winners. There has also been one Canadian and one Russian winner. 

Woods had a difficult time explaining just why players from Great Britain have been so successful this summer.

“I think British players are just the best players,” said Woods. “That’s slightly patriotic but what else can I say. We expect to pull a few more bracelets before this is done.”

Woods had the tremendous fortune of watching close friend Tyler Bonkowski win a WSOP bracelet just days before he won his own. It was an inspiration performance, according to Woods.

“It was amazing to go watch him at the final table,” he said of close friend Tyler Bonkowski. “I thought, ‘Ok, if he can do it, I can do it.’”

Despite the big win, Woods still has plans to play a number of events at the 2011 WSOP and is really looking forward to the $10k Limit Championship that begins tomorrow.

“I came here to win a bracelet,” he said. “Now my goal is to win two.”

The 2011 WSOP continues through July 19. For comprehensive coverage live from Las Vegas be sure to check PokerListings’ Live Updates and News.

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