WSOP: Jordan Morgan Wins $1,500 No Limit Hold’em

Jordan Morgan wins his first gold bracelet in the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em. (Photo Credit: Drew Amato)

Jordan Morgan wins his first gold bracelet in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em. (Photo Credit: Drew Amato)

Jordan Morgan
hasn’t been playing much since Black Friday. In fact, at this 2014 World Series of Poker, the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em was the first event he’s played all summer.

Morgan is a 30 year old professional poker player who plays under the handle “iMsoLuckyO.” Before Black Friday hit, Morgan made a majority of his living online and was a Red Pro on Full Tilt Poker. He explained how Black Friday has affected him and what he’s been doing since then:

“I love playing poker for a living, playing mostly at home in my office was amazing, and when that was gone my love of the game kind of dwindled – that’s kind of why I haven’t played as much, but this is awesome – this would make anybody love poker again,” said Morgan.

“I’ve been back and forth to Mexico to play online, but I don’t love traveling all that much, so there’s only so much I’ll do in a year, its been part-time for me.”

Morgan has been married for nine years… In fact, his anniversary was on Tuesday, the same day he won the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em.

“This is my first tournament in awhile. Today is my wedding anniversary, my ninth anniversary. I planned on being out here for only half the series – I’m pretty excited to fly home for my anniversary, I’m going to surprise her, shes not expecting me,” said Morgan happily.

Day 3 of the $1,500 No limit Hold’em began on Monday. Morgan and 14 other entrants were the last players standing from the original 1,914 that came out for Day 1.

On Saturday, it wasn’t long before the tournament was down to it’s final 10 players. Brandon Ageloff had parlayed his chip lead from Day 1 into a Day 3 showing, however, Ageloff would bubble the official final table in 10th. With blinds at 1,200/2,400 and antes 4,000. Ageloff opened from under the gun with 9T to 51,000. Morgan was on the button and three-bet to 115,000 holding QQ. Ageloff made the call and they saw a flop of Q89. Ageloff check-called a 90,000 bet from Morgan. The turn brought the 9 making Morgan a boat. Ageloff check-raised all in over the top of a 155,000 bet from Morgan, and Morgan snap called. Ageloff was drawing to one out, but did not get there as the 8 hit the river.

Final table draw and chip counts

  1. Ryan Spittles – 320,000
  2. Ray Foley – 420,000
  3. Jordan Morgan – 1,270,000
  4. Jason Johnson – 770,00
  5. Evan McNiff – 2,650,000
  6. Joseph Iarussi – 280,000
  7. Michael Anselm – 570,000
  8. Robert Chorlian – 645,000
  9. Bryan Dillon – 895,000
  10. Brandon Ageloff – 800,000

The first official final table bust out of the night came after Michael Anselm shoved his stack in from under the gun, holding A9. It folded around to Bryan Dillon who had Anselm covered, and Dillon re-shoved over the top, holding AK. The flop came down 4J3, giving Anselm nothing but a backdoor heart draw. The turn was an uneventful 8, meaning Anselm could only hit a 9 to stay alive. The river was the K, shipping Dillon the pot, and sending Anselm to the rail to collect his $35,063 ninth place paycheck.

Ryan Spittles came into the final table as the short stack, and could only parlay it into an eighth place finish after he shoved eight big blinds (196,000) with AK, and got called by Jason Johnson in the cutoff with AT. The flop was a gut wrenching one for Spittles, as it came down 24T. He needed a king to stay in the action, but it wasn’t to be, as the turn and river were the 6 and 6. Spittles earned $45,554 for his finish.

Joseph Iarussi busted in seventh place after he opened to 65,000 from early position and was called by McNiff in the big blind. The flop came down 277. McNiff checked to Iarussi who continuation bet 165,000 with 99. The turn was the 4 and McNiff check-shoved Iarussi’s 300,000 bet holding 67. Iarussi made the call, and saw the bad news. He would need a nine survive. The river came the 8, and Iarussi walked off to the cage to collect his $59,920 prize.

The next elimination of the night came after Jason Johnson opened to 60,000 with AJ, only to have Robert Chorlian shove all in. Johnson made the called and had Chorlian’s J9 dominated. The board ran out 8656Q, and Chorlian walked off to collect his $79,842 sixth place check.

Bryan Dillon busted in fifth place after losing most of his chips going all in over the top of a shove by Jason Johnson. Dillon was holding 88, when the board came down KJQ46. But unfortunately for him, Johnson was holding KT. Dillon was left with less than an ante. Dillon did win the next hand to give him some hope, but he would ultimately end up busting the tournament in the next hand after his K5 failed to hold up to Johnson’s QJ. He collected $107,800 for his efforts.

On the 69th hand of the final table, it folded around to Ray Foley on the small blind with 740,000 behind, and he shoved all in holding K9. Jordan Morgan was on the big blind and made the call with A4. Foley couldn’t get there, though, as the community ran out A78Q2. Foley shook hands and walked off the stage to pick up his $147,463 fourth place prize money.

About nine hands later Jason Johnson min-raised with pocket eights from the button and got called from Jordan Morgan in the blinds holding ace eight. The flop came down A5K and both players checked. The turn brought the 3 and Morgan bet out 80,000, only to be called by Johnson. The river brought the 8 making Johnson trip eights. Morgan bet out 260,000, and got raised by Johnson. Morgan go it in and Johnson snapped called with his two pair. Johnson was no good, and was sent to the rail to collect $204,464 for his third place finish.

Approximately 2.5 hours into the match, Jordan Morgan had his tournament life on the line after Evan McNiff raised to 160,000, and Morgan three-bet him to 405,000. McNiff snap shoved all in, and Morgan made the call with AK. McNiff turned over KK and had Morgan dominated. The flop came down TJ2 – McNiff just needed to fade the three aces left in the deck to win the title. The turn was a safe 8… but the river was the A. The crowd went wild, and vulgarities were heard from McNiff’s rail. Morgan doubled his stack to 4,660,000 to take the chip lead over McNiff’s 3,950,000.

On Monday, the heads up match lasted almost 200 hands and approximately six hours before they called a hard stop for the night. Morgan and McNiff came back Tuesday at 1 pm to resume their battle.

When play resumed, McNiff held 4,170,00, and Morgan was close to the same with 4,445,000, for the slight chip advantage. It was anyone’s game, but on Tuesday, only an hour had gone by before they would be involved in the match deciding hand.

McNiff raised in position to 320,000, and Morgan moved all in. Morgan was holding 66, and McNiff held AK. The flop came down J34, giving no help to McNiff. The turn was the 4… McNiff would need an ace of king on the river to stay alive… but it was the 9

Morgan had just earned his first gold bracelet and $478,102 – to add to his WSOP circuit ring and over 1 million dollars in previous live tournament winnings. Morgan finished a grueling two day heads up match, that would test anyone’s mental endurance.

“It was a game of adjustments, he adjusted really well pretty quickly, and it took me awhile to adjust back. That’s why the pots were so small, we were playing a game where we each knew what the other guy was doing. We have respect for each. A lot of minor changes back and forth can make a big difference.”

Event 44: $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Final Table Results:

  1. Jordan Morgan – $478,102
  2. Evan McNiff – $295,727
  3. Jason Johnson – $204,464
  4. Ray Foley – $147,463
  5. Bryan Dillon – $107,800
  6. Robert Chorlian – $79,842
  7. Joseph Iarussi – $59,920
  8. Ryan Spittles – $45,554
  9. Michael Anselm – $35,063
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