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Hougaard becomes first WSOP and WSOPE bracelet winner
It was a great start to the second World Series of Poker Europe with a record 410 players buying in for WSOPE Event 1 (WSOP Event 56), a £1,500 no-limit hold 'em event, the largest poker tournament ever held in London. The first event attracted many of poker's biggest players including Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth and five members of the November Nine.

Even after a year in between events, the story at WSOPE continues to be the domination of European players on their home turf. For the fourth consecutive tournament, a European would claim a WSOPE bracelet, but in this case, the victory was very significant.

Jesper Hougaard, a 24-year-old professional poker player from Copenhagen, Denmark, became the first player to win a bracelet both in Las Vegas and in London. After winning Event 36 on June 19 and WSOPE Event 1, Hougaard is now considered the second double-bracelet winner of the year, sharing that honor with John Phan. He now has five lifetime cashes for $920,488.


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