As Porky Pig always says... "T-T-T-T-That's all folks." After a highly entertaining four days, Jesper Hougaard of Denmark has finally overcome 409 other poker fanatics to capture that shiny gold bracelet and the small matter of £144,218. But for the 24-year-old pro, this is a particularly momentous occasion as he becomes the first player in history to win bracelets both sides of the Atlantic, having captured World Series gold in Las Vegas just a few months ago.
"Words can't describe how I feel," he gleamed. "I'm ecstatic. I was chip leader for most of yesterday, and it was then that it dawned on me that I could actually win."
But coming into the final, Hougaard was eighth in chips, and looking to edge his way up the ladder. "It's not my normal approach, but I'm embarrassed to say that I was just trying to make my way through the money gradually. When I doubled up though and got some chips, I felt I could start to play."
As a tournament that was lacking from the festival's inaugural year, many would suggest that this opening £1,500 freezeout was a roaring success. From my ringside view and overhearing comments made by the players themselves, I would have to agree and hope that the tournament becomes a permanent fixture in years to come.
But before then, we've got a H.O.R.S.E event to finish. Yee-haw, giddy up!
Fuad Serhan has the button. He raises to 120,000, Jesper Hougaard moves all in and Serhan calls.
Though he's dominated to start off, the flop is utterly perfect for Hougaard, coming down , making him the nut flush and leaving Serhan drawing dead. As almost an afterthought, the and land on the turn and river respectively... and Jesper Hougaard is our champion, taking home his second WSOP bracelet of 2008 and £144,218. He becomes the first person to win one bracelet in Las Vegas and one in London during the same WSOP.
Fuad Serhan earns £89,175 for his runner-up finish.