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"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!
Jesper Hougaard Wins Event #56 (£1,500 No-Limit Hold'em), Fuad Serhan Eliminated in 2nd Place (£ 89,175)
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.
Serhan check-folds to a bet of 45,000.
Fuad Serhan 440,000
As the ace hits the flop, the happiest man in the room appears to be Fuad Serhan, who celebrates more avidly than a surprisingly stoic Hougaard.
And then there were two...