Juanda takes down WSOPE main event

3rd October, 2008

With a final table that began with a few big names in the poker world, along with a number of young up-and-coming stars of poker, the World Series of Poker Europe finally ended late this morning and it was poker professional John Juanda who was crowned champion.

The final table ran for 22 hours straight, beginning at 1 pm yesterday afternoon and ending around 11 am this morning. It was probably the fact that so much money was on the line in this prestigious tournament that kept people from wanting to get busted out.

This is the longest final table that Ive ever played, Juanda said.

It had been about five years since Juanda had won a bracelet, which kept everyone in the poker world guessing because he had such a great run when he burst on the scene. He had had many cashes since, but the bracelet just kept eluding him.

Its so long ago when I won my last bracelet, I cant remember, Juanda said. "Its embarrassing. Some people have to keep up with the joneses. I have to keep up with the Iveys and Cunninghams and Negreanus.

Juanda went on to talk about how the popularity of poker has grown around the world and that there are many young players coming on the scene. Earlier this year, Daniel Negreanu predicted the rise of Russian players as the game of poker has become the new chess.

I wondered if I will ever win again, said Juanda. Today there are so many young excellent tournament players from all over the world. Like the two young Russians and the Scandis. Much more than it used to be. Daniel Negreanu said that we have to step up our game.

By Michael

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