First-ever World Series of Poker bracelet won outside the U.S

Germany’s Thomas “Buzzer” Bihl is the proud winner of the first-ever World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet to be won outside the United States after winning the inaugural WSOP Europe in the £2,500 HORSE tournament at The Casino at The Empire in London.

Bihl, from Frankfurt, Germany, only started playing poker four years ago and saw off the challenge from much more experienced pros. As well as the kudos of winning the bracelet, Bihl more than doubled-up his career earnings of £65,086 after taking the £70,875 prize pot. Fittingly for sponsors Betfair, Bihl is a Betfair player.

"Thomas Bihl has earned a place in poker history with this incredible win," said WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack.

"The fact that he is a Betfair player, when Betfair is our presenting sponsor, makes this even sweeter."

Bihl edged out Jennifer Harman, even after the two-time WSOP winner held a two-to-one chip lead over the German. Former WSOP bracelet winners Kirk Morrison and Chris Ferguson finished third and forth respectively, with Russian starlet Alex Kravchenko coming in fifth.

The HORSE tournament was the first event in the WSOP Europe. The highlight of the whole event is the WSOP Europe Main Event No-Limit Texas Hold’Em which kicks-off this afternoon.

Editor, - 2007-09-10 11:04:11

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