Chris Moorman has been regarded as one of the best online players in the world for several years – putting in a mind-numbing volume of play and banking more than $10 million in online earnings. He started playing live events back in 2008 and despite cashing for more than $2.5 million in live winnings a major title avoided him – until the early hours of Friday morning.
Moorman made the six-handed final table in the World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic Main Event, spent time as both the chip leader and the short stack and eventually defeated Glenn Lafaye heads-up for the title, a seat in the WPT World Championship and $1,015,460.
Moorman entered the final table second in chips to Michael Rocco and was joined by Patrick Bruel, Josh Neufeld and Adam Friedman. Bubbling the final table in heart-breaking fashion was BLUFF contributor Dan O’Brien when he was eliminated Thursday evening. He was sitting comfortably in the middle of the pack when he moved all in holding pocket aces on a T 9 8 K board. Rocco called holding K Q and spiked his flush on the river, sending O’Brien home.
Three orbits into the final table Lafaye opened in middle position and Friedman moved all in from late position with pocket fours. Lafaye took two minutes before he called holding A J, the board ran A 9 7 2 5 and Friedman was eliminated with the ace on the flop.
A little more than 90 minutes later Neufeld opened, Moorman three-bet from the big blind and Neufeld moved all in. Moorman called holding pocket tens and Neufeld needed to hit the board holding A T. The board ran 9 4 3 6 Q, Moorman’s tens held and Neufeld was eliminated in fifth place.
The table would play four-handed for four hours before Moorman opened on the button, Bruel called from the small blind and Lafaye called from the big. The flop fell J 8 2, the blinds checked, Moorman bet a smallish amount and Bruel moved all in for 1.7 million. Lafaye folded, Moorman called holding A J for top pair and Bruel held second pair with K 8. The board finished 9 Q and Moorman took the pot, eliminating Bruel in fourth place.
Three-handed play began with Lafaye holding the chip lead with 7.6 million, Moorman in second with 5.3 million and Rocco with the short stack at 2.9 million. They would play for an hour before Lafaye opened on the button to 325,000, Rocco shoved from the small blind for 2.02 million and Moorman shocked everyone by re-shoving for 2.8 million from the big blind. Lafaye called having both players covered and tabled Q J. Moorman turned up pocket tens and Rocco showed A 8. The board ran K Q J 3 A and the river cost Lafaye the tournament. Moorman rivered Broadway, doubled up, eliminated Rocco and was virtually tied with Lafaye for heads-up play.
Moorman pulled out to a slight lead 15 hands into the match with Lafaye but then opened up a near four-t0-one lead after Lafaye folded on the river of a huge pot on a K 8 5 6 4. Moorman kept the pressure on, Lafaye did manage one double up but the last hand saw them go to a J 7 6 flop. Moorman bet 525,000, Lafaye shoved for 3.9 million and Moorman insta-called holding pocket aces. Lafaye tabled 5 4 for a straight draw, the board finished Q 5 and Moorman claimed his first major championship title.
LAPC Main Event Final Table Payouts
- Chris Moorman – $1,015,460
- Glenn Lafaye – $662,840
- Michael Rocco – $423,440
- Patrick Bruel – $332,190
- Josh Neufeld – $264,520
- Adam Friedman – $200,440
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