'The Gentleman' Ties Up PartyPoker.com European Open Title

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Flood breaks the banks of all barriers in his way.

Pippa is a very good player and very hard to read. We met twice previously and had both taken a game each. Luckily for me I have made it 2-1 with this victory.

Liam ‘The Gentleman’ Flood proved there is no substitute for a wise head and experience as he tied up the PartyPoker.com European Open in emphatic style to take the $125,000 first prize kitty.

The 64-year-old retired bookmaker, from County Kildare, Ireland, has been playing poker for the last 25 years, and trounced every barrier in his way with the flood of chips he won from finishing first place in both his heat and the semi-final.

Liam did admit he was not wholly confident of victory going into the final: “I was worried about the chip leader John Magill, but I did feel I was in an excellent position. If I hadn’t have won the final I would have been pretty disappointed as I had been playing so well.”

In a high quality field that included last year’s winner Ian Frazer, WSOP star John Magill and European hotshot Roland De Wolfe, Flood found himself on the final table with PartyPoker.com World Open champion and form player of the moment Pippa Flanders. However, not even Pippa’s customary lucky toy donkey ‘Eeemore’ could prevent the wily Irishman’s victory as he took out Wolverhampton’s Darren Hickman in the heads-up finale. Flood has had success in a PartyPoker.com tournament before, finishing runner-up to Lee Nelson in the World Open in 2005.

A gushing Flood said; “Pippa is a very good player and very hard to read. We met twice previously and had both taken a game each. Luckily for me I have made it 2-1 with this victory.”

Liam earned his nickname ‘The Gentleman’ from Jesse May and Rob Gardner at the first Late Night Poker as he was the only player to always wear a suit and tie at the table, “My winnings from the European Open will be spent on a few new ties,” he quipped

Former UK Big Brother winner Anthony Hutton failed to make an impact in his heat after initially triumphing on the celebrity table, beating off competition from current UK Celebrity Big Brother contestant Danielle Lloyd and snooker legend Steve Davis, amongst others.

Filmed by Matchroom Sport at Maidstone Studios, the event will be aired exclusively in the UK on Five, with commentary from ‘the voice of poker’ Jesse May, while Maxim babe Roxanne Siordia will present.

A PartyPoker.com spokesman said, “Liam showed us all just how valuable experience is. He is a legend on the Irish poker circuit and was a true champion from start to finish in this tournament. He seemed assured of victory throughout and never seemed phased by anything. The way he was playing this Flood would have broken the banks of any barrier in his way on the day.”


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