Eleanor Gudger, Team Pro for online poker room PKR, won the WPT500 a couple of days ago, winning her first major tournament ever. She beat 2,090 other players to finish first in the popular tournament and eventually ended heads-up against the UK pro Matthew Noonan.
The 32-year old Gudger eventually took home the title and the first prize of £140,000 for her great efforts, but she wasn't the only one who was happy about the win. PKR offered players a chance to win 1% of Gudger's action through a “lottery freeroll”, which lead to 10 players winning 1% in Gudger prior to the tournament and ended up winning £1,400 each.
Gudger is a long time PKR pro, having been with the team since 2007 and inducted into the PKR Hall of Fame in 2013. She is by far one of the most successful tournament players the team has got and has previously won the biggest tournament in PKR twice in one month and finished 6th in the WSOP Ladies Championship in 2013.
With the win, Gudger and her fiancée are looking to speed up their wedding plan: “No excuses to not get the wedding sorted now for myself and Foxy. It means a lot to make a big final table and finish in the top spot. Thank you to the great virtual PKR rail, and congrats to the promotion winners - easy life for them, 3-day emotional roller-coaster for me!” Kevin “ForFoxSake” Wheeler, Fiancée of Gudger said to PKR.
Dan Grant, Head of PR at PKR.com, echoed the thoughts of staff and players at the poker room. “We’re thrilled for Elz, she has put a huge amount of work into her game and into her PKR career. This is great karma in action! This result also confirms the promise of her previous WSOP final tables and there’s really no limit to what she can achieve in the live tournament arena.”