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Eleanor Gudger is £140,000 richer thanks to her taking down the £1 million guaranteed 2014 partypoker WPT500 UK at Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) in Nottingham. Gudger turned professional 18 months ago and this is by far her largest live tournament score and ensures that there are two WPT titles in her family because her father, John, won the WPT National Milton Keynes in December 2013! Clearly poker runs in the family.
“I’m so excited, it’s been a great three days of poker,” Gudger said after the win. “To come out on top of 2,000-odd players is just unbelievable.” Eighteen months ago, Eleanor Gudger decided to become a professional poker player and it looks to be a decision that she got correct .
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Day 3 started with 61 players taking their seats at DTD, a figure that shrunk with the exits of such luminaries as Charles Chattha, Pratik Ghatge, Marc Inizan, Luigi Viscomi, Chun Law, Renne Xie,Gordon Huntly, Willie Tann, William Chattaway, David “Lil Dave” Nicholson, David Peters,Thomas High and Dhru Patel, and James Morris the latter finishing 10th to leave only the final table remaining.
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In the end, a rather cold deck in terms of heads-up hands ended the spectacle, when Matthew shoved with A9 and Eleanor called with AQ. Railers for both players cheered on for their friend, but a grimace from Matthew and step away from the table showed how crestfallen the cards being on their back made him. Eleanor sat still, hands pressed together, staring at the flop, waiting for the cards to obey the odds and fulfil her dream, ready for the next hand if they wouldn’t. The dealer fanned KKA , three cards that surely would have seen the chips go in post-flop if they hadn’t gone in before it. The turn was a 5 and a look of resignation came across Noonan’s features, the headphones around his neck. The rail didn’t cheer this time, just waited, hoped, half for the miracle nine, the others for anything but. The 4 led to an almighty roar from Eleanor’s supporters, the victor’s head finally dropped away from the table she seemed to have a hypnotic stare on the whole final table. Both players shook hands, and you felt like in the end, a gladiatorial respect took over.
After the applause stopped, Eleanor was in shock at her first major win. “I’m just over the moon,” she told us, “It’s such a huge field, over two thousand players, it’s just incredible.”
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