Five days before, 346 players set off for glory at the WSOPE Main Event, but at the end of it all, it was James Bord of England who was crowned the champion, surpassing some of the world’s top poker players including Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Patrik Antonius, and Phil Hellmuth.
Starting the final day fifth in chips, Bord was probably overlooked as a potential winner, but he had fan support behind the rail who cheered him on during the final table as he fought his way to a heads-up match with the Italian, Fabrizio Baldassari.
The 29 year-old Bord, a former banker who left his job at Citigroup when he was in his mid-20’s to play poker professionally, entered the competition for the second time and is a regular on the WSOP circuit where he finished in sixth place at a tournament in Las Vegas earlier in 2010.
Bord divides his time between London and Las Vegas. He said he actually preferred cash games to the big tournaments. Bord now has 1 win, 2 final table appearances and 6 WSOP cashes. His careers WSOP earnings total about $1,4M.
The heads-up match lasted 37 rounds and saw a pre-flop raising war between Bord and Baldassari who was all-in holding pocket fives :5s :5h. However, Bord was holding pocket tens :Td :Th which held up on a :9s :9d :8h :Js :Ad board to award the coveted title and £830,401 ($1,345,000 CAD).
This was the fifth and final WSOPE tournament played this year in London.
The winners of the five events were:
EVENT #1: Phil Laak, USA – (£2,500 buy-in Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em) – won £170,802
EVENT #2: Jeff Lisandro, ITALY – (£5,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha) – won £159,000
EVENT #3: Scott Shelley — (£1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em) – won £133,857
EVENT #4: Gus Hansen, MONACO – (£10,000 buy-in High-Roller Heads-Up Championship) – won £288,409
EVENT #5: James Bord, UK – (£10,000 buy-in Main Event Championship) – won £830,401
This was the largest WSOP Europe played in London over the past four years that WSOP Europe. The total prize pool and participant level for 2010 exceeded all other years.
(photo credit – Greasie Wheels)