Chris Moorman was once again the bridesmaid as he finished second in the €2,000 No Limit Hold’em side event at the PokerStars European Poker Tour Berlin festival.
The €2,000 is dubbed “The John Eames Invitational” due to Mr Eames having won it more times than most people have had hot dinners, but Eames took a back seat to allow someone else a chance of some EPT glory.
The top 24 finishers of the €2,000 event helped themselves to various slices of the prize pool, current EPT Grand Final champion Mohsin Charania, Mike “Timex” McDonald and Australia’s Jeffrey Rossiter each claiming a €5,050 min-cash.
Dmitry Gromov (€5,550), Michel Abecassis (€6,450), Dmitry Vitkind (€6,450), Andras Kovacs (€8,270) and Team PokerStars Pro Matthias De Meulder (€9,200) and final table bubble boy Griffin Benger (€9,200) are now in possession of more substantial sums of cash.
Sometimes these EPT side events throw up some superb final table and this was one of those times. Among the eight finalists were Jakob Karlsson of Sweden, online legend Taylor Paur, Main Event Travel sponsored pro Rhys “floppinhel” Jones, Belgian Guy Goosens and the aforementioned Moorman.
Ardjan Hetemaj was the first player to lose his stack and head away from the tournament area. Following him to the rail was Andreas Vlachos, then Karlsson, Paur and the first of the two Brits, Jones.
4th for €32k, good result but disappointing. KK < AJ. A4 v AQ on a43jq and aj v moors aq to bust. Gl to @Moorman1 #drinktimeFollow @floppinhel
Goosens fell in third place, which left Moorman and Daniel Otto Studer to lock horns heads up for the title and the €131,000 first place prize.
Unfortunately for Moorman, Studer ran exceptionally well during the final stages and Moorman was unable to defeat him, although we are sure the €72,900 Moorman won for his runner-up finish will help to numb the pain of falling just short in this event.
Came 2nd again! Guy who won was invincible today. Can't complain though feels like yearsago I started the day with just 25bbs #EPTBerlin2kFollow @Moorman1
Moorman's reference to being second again stems from him finishing as runner-up in three major live events in the past couple of years. You may recall that Moorman finished second in the $10,000 No Limit Holdem Six-Handed Championship at the 2012 World Series of Poker and then fell at the final hurdle in the WSOP-Europe Main Event a few months later. Then in April 2012, Moorman finished behind Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier in the €10,000 No Limit Hold'em 8-Max Re-Entry at EPT Berlin.
Moorman also finished third in a $2,500 Six Handed event at the 2011 WSOP
Congratulations to Moorman and Jones on their deep runs, an dof course to everyone else who made it into the money places too!