|Outsiders Great Britain won the 2008 PartyPoker.com Nations Cup poker event last week following a heads-up triumph over Ireland.|
Poker professional Roland De Wolfe captained the British team, which also included Neil Channing, Surinder Sunar, Joe Beevers, Ian Frazer and online qualifier Charlie Durbin. Channing was originally pencilled in as a television reporter for the event but was asked by De Wolfe to take his place in the line-up following an Irish Open win.
“I am just as proud of this as I am of my win in Ireland,” said Channing.
“It was an honour to be picked to represent my country and great to be chosen to play the crucial final leg for the team.”
The team event also featured line-ups from the US, Germany, Holland and Sweden with all six competing in a ‘tag’ final where each captain’s judgement was vital as they made tactical substitutions and called strategic time outs.
Channing anchored Great Britain to victory in a tense heads-up with Ireland’s Donnacha O’Dea to give the nation its second cup after previously winning in 2006.
“I’m absolutely delighted,” said De Wolfe.
“In many ways it is even better to win a team event for your country than to win an individual title. I am so proud that the selections for my team were vindicated. We knew that it would be tight early on so I played Surinder. We fancied that he could exploit his tight image and he had played so well in his heat that it simply had to be him. Next we put on Beevers. At that point we needed to sure things up as we were near the chip lead. This was a choice I made based on the situation. If we had been leading I would have put in Frazer to get at them but Joe did a good job. “