James Bord wins 2010 WSOPE Main Event

Many of poker’s biggest names were among the 346 players who took part in the 2010 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event.  Phil Ivey, Roland De Wolfe, Barry Greenstein, and Freddy Deeb were just a few of the many stars in attendance at this poker tournament.  Interestingly enough, only Roland De Wolfe was still around on the final poker table when the tournament hung in the balance.

Wolfe busted out in fourth place though leaving the door wide open for relative unknown James Bord to win his first major poker tournament.  Bord certainly didn’t look to be the favorite heading into the final table since he hadn’t done well in too many tournament poker games in the past.  However, his inexperience didn’t show as he dismantled Fabrizio Baldassari in heads-up play to win the top prize of £830,401.

But Bord, who mainly plays casino poker in mixed cash games, had confidence in himself the whole time as he said, “I knew I could win or I wouldn’t have bought in.  There were some great players in the field…Phil Ivey and Viktor Blom are amazing players, but at the same time, not every live player is that good.  It’s as simple as that.”

No matter how much confidence Bord had in himself during this tournament, he had to learn to play poker in tournaments from Sam Trickett.  Trickett is a respected live and online poker player who knows a lot about tournaments and happens to be one of Bord’s friends.  So it was only natural that the mixed game specialist Bord ask his friend for some poker strategy advice.  And it definitely looks like the advice paid off as Bord was able to win a major holdem poker tournament and make tons of money in the process.

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