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Chris Moorman Wins the 2014 WPT L.A. Poker Classic!

Chris Moorman after winning the WPT L.A. Poker Classic Main Event

In March 2012, Chris Moorman finally got the proverbial monkey off his back when he won his first live tournament – the €2,100 No Limit Hold’em 8-Max Bounty at European Poker Tour Madrid. Although it was a victory in every sense of the word, a win in one of the majors still eluded the British superstar.

After having to endure the heartache of finishing second twice in World Series of Poker championship events – Moorman has a third and fifth place at the WSOP, too – Moorman has finally taken down a major live event by winning the 2014 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic!

2014 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic Final Table Results

1Chris Moorman$1,015,460
2Glenn Lafaye$662,840
3Michael Rocco$423,440
4Patrick Bruel$332,190
5Josh Neufeld$264,520
6Adam Friedman$200,440

It took three orbits of the six-handed final table before a player lost their stack, that unfortunate soul being Adam Friedman. Glenn Lafaye opened to 105,000 from middle position with {A-Hearts}{J-Spades} and saw Friedman move all-in from the cutoff for 555,000 in total. Lafaye tank-called and saw he was up against the {4-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}. Lafaye paired his ace on the [Ac9hh7s] flop and when the turn and river fell {2-Clubs} and {5-Spades} it was game over for Friedman.

Next to hit the rail was Josh Neufeld, who busted after a clash with Moorman. Neufeld opened to 110,000 from the cutoff, Moorman three-bet to 280,000 from the big blind and then quickly called when Neufeld four-bet jammed for 1,630,000. Moorman showed {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} and Neufeld the {A-Hearts}{10-Hearts}. The five community cards ran out {9-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}, Neufeld was eliminated and Moorman soared into a huge lead.

After two eliminations in 38 hands, it took almost 80 more hands for the fourth place finisher to be decided. By this stage the blinds were 50,000/100,000/15,000a and Moorman opened to 215,000 from the button and both Patrick Bruel (small blind) and Lafaye (big blind) called. The blinds checked to Moorman on the {J-Hearts}{8-Spades}{2-Clubs} flop and Moorman wasted no time in setting the price to play at 265,000. Bruel check-raised all-in for 1,705,000 chips, Lafaye folded, but Moorman called. Our hero turned over {A-Clubs}{J-Clubs} for a pair of jacks and was nicely in front of the {K-Clubs}{8-Clubs} of Bruel. The {9-Clubs} turn and {Q-Hearts} river failed to alter the course of the hand and the tournament was down to three players.

Three-handed play only spanned 17 hands and ended with the exit of Michael Rocco in a hand that could have also claimed the tournament life of Moorman!

Lafaye raised to 325,000 from the button, Rocco shipped his 2,020,000 stack in from the small blind and Moorman re-shoved for 2,835,000 in total from the big blind! Amazingly, Lafaye, who covered both players, made the call to put both Moorman and Rocco at risk of elimination.

Lafaye: {Q-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}
Moorman: {10-Clubs}{10-Spades}
Rocco: {A-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}

The railbirds strained their necks in an attempt to see the firt three community cards come out. They were the {K-Hearts}{Q-Spades}{J-Hearts} gifting Lafaye two pair, but both Moorman and Rocco picked up straight draws. The {3-Spades} was as blank as any card has ever been in the history of the game and it looked like it would be curtains for Moorman and Rocco. The dealer burned a card and slammed down the {A-Spades}, improving Moorman to an ace-high straight, sending Rocco to the rail in third place!

Moorman started the heads-up battle with Lafaye trailing by 7,750,000 to 8,275,000 chips, but within 16 hands Moorman had opened a 12,900,000 to 3,125,000 lead. Lafaye did managed one double up but it was a case of too little too late.

On hand 164 of the final table. Lafaye limped for 200,000 and then called when Moorman pumped it up to 600,000. Moorman then led for 525,000 on the {J-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{6-Diamonds} flop, Lafaye three-bet all-in for 3,900,000 and Moorman insta-called with {A-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}. Lafaye flipped over the {5-Spades}{4-Diamonds} for an open-ended straight draw, which meant Moorman had to avoid a three or an eight. He managed to do that on the {Q-Hearts} turn and when the {5-Diamonds} completed the board, Moorman won the pot and the entire tournament! Ship the $1,015,460 to Mr Moorman!

In addition to his massive cash prize, Moorman also wins the WPT Champions Trophy, a Commerce Remington trophy, a pair of Gold Monster 24K headphones and entry to the season-ended WPT World Championship!

Congratulations Chris Moorman, possibly the sickest poker tournament player the world has ever seen!

Lead image courtesy of the WPT and the excellent Joe Giron.

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