Jooanda wins WSOPE main event

It took two years, seven events and a record-breaking main event, but the American jinx ended in the World Series in Poker Europe. John Juanda became the first American player to win a WSOP bracelet on foreign soil when he outpaced a strong 362-pound field in the World Series of Poker Europe at the London Casino. The duration of the race also exceeded the holdem final table, which is the longest in history, by about 4 ½, and set a new record for the amount of hands played in the WSOP final table by 484. It was set while 354 hands were laid in the legendary duel between the late Chip Reese and Andy Bloch in the 2006 $50,000 H.O.R.S. Championship, when the previous record of 354 hands was dealt with. 파워볼실시간

The tough last table for Joanda was worth the wait. Not only did the 37-year-old professional from Las Vegas win the first prize of 868,800 pounds ($1,598,587 U.S. dollars), he also won his fourth career bracelet, the first since 2003. Born in Indonesia before moving to the U.S. as a teenager, Joanda now competed in 45 WSOP cash and 23 final tables. Having been drinking English breakfast tea almost all evening/morning, Juanda arrived at the last table as a chip leader. He lost his lead a few times and was once down during a 7:1 head-up play, after which he returned to take down Stanislav Alekin, who was the youngest player in the final table at the age of 23.

Coming in at No. 3 was Ivan Demidov, another Russian player who has already made the WSOP record. Demidov was one of the “Nov. 9” days to return to Las Vegas for the WSOP’s final table, and this week he became the first player to reach the finals at both WSOP main events. When the 27-year-old arrives in Las Vegas in five weeks, he will start playing second on the chip leaderboard. Other Nov. 9 members who will play in London included Peter Eastgate, Kelly Kim, Craig Marquis, Scott Montgomery, and David “Chino” Reem.

Sweden’s Bengt Sonnert came in fourth (271,500 pounds), followed by Americans Daniel Negreanu (5th, 217,200 pounds) and Scott Fishman (6th, 171,950 pounds). Britain’s Robin Keston earned 135,750 pounds in seventh place, ahead of Finland’s Toni Hiltunen, who earned 108,600 pounds, and Scotland’s Chris Elliott, who took home 81,450 pounds. WSOP organizers were satisfied with this year’s London Main Event Stadium, featuring 41 former bracelet winners and six former main event winners, Doyle Brunson (1976/1977), Phil Helmus (1989), Scottie Nguyen (1998), Chris “Jesus” Ferguson (2000), Carlos Mortensen (2001) and Joe Hachem (2005). Three of the nine finalists were previous WSOP Gold Bracelet winners, holding a total of nine previous titles. In contrast, there were no previous winners in last year’s WSOP final.

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