In a few short hours, at the Commerce Casino in Southern California, the final table of the World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic takes place. Each of the six players is guaranteed to take home no less than $200,440 for their efforts so far, but one of them will walk away with a giant novelty cheque made out for a bankroll-boosting $1,015,460.
Among the six players who hope to become an instant poker millionaire is one of our very own. Starting in second place with 3,190,000 chips – or 106 big blinds at the start of play – is the one and only the legendary $10 million man, Mr Chris Moorman!
2014 WPT L.A. Poker Classic Main Event Final Table
Moorman started the penultimate day’s play with 1,731,000 chips at his disposal and in a good position to reach his first WPT title. The Essex lad has 10 final table appearances to his name in the live arena, but a WPT finale still eluded him. He can now cross off “reach a WPT final table” off of his bucket list after he managed to navigate his way through the field of 18 players to finish Day 5 of the $10,000 buy-in event second in chips.
The British superstars is famed for his loose-aggressive playing style, but it seems he reigned in that trademark aggression and played a patient, yet effective, game on Wednesday. Moorman even took to Twitter to hint at his new-found patient approach.
2.152 million going into 15/30k now. Still 9 left. @johneamespoker would be proud of the way I've been playing today #eddieFollow @Moorman1
Indeed, Moorman hardly appeared in the WPT’s Live Updates throughout Day 5, although he did pop up in what could be a key hand towards the end of play.
Adam Friedman opened to 60,000 from under the gun and Moorman three-bet to 175,000 from the big blind. Friedman called and watched on as the dealer spread the flop. Moorman led for 140,000 and Friedman called, albeit after much deliberation. The turn brought the into play and Moorman fired a second bullet, one weighing in at 295,000. Again, Friedman called. The followed onto the river and Moorman emptied the clip and bet again, setting the price to play at a hefty 600,000. Friedman went deep into the tank, so deep that he risked suffering from “the bends” when he emerged. Eventually, after several minutes, the clock was called and Friedman’s hand declared dead.
That hand took our hero’s stack past the 3 million barrier. His final table berth was confirmed soon after when Dan O’Brien busted in seventh place in a hand involving Michael Rocco; Rocco is now the tournament’s chip leader.
Made the final table of @WPT @LAPC with 3,192,000 in chips. I'm 2/6 and tomorrow we are playing for over $1 million and the TITLE #TimeFollow @Moorman1
The televised six-handed final table commences at 4:00pm PT (12:00am UK time) and continues until the PT L.A. Poker Classic champion is crowned. We may be slightly biased here at UK & Ireland PokerNews but surely this tournament has a Moorman victory written all over it? Doesn’t it? Tune into these pages on Friday to discover how Moorman got on.
Lead image courtesy of the WPT Live Updates team.