It was a case of being one ask too many for Chris Moorman in the $10,000 Six Handed No Limit Hold´em Championship (Event 46), as psychology major Joe Ebanks took just twenty minutes to conclude their Heads Up final to this $4.4 million tournament.
Chris, starting at a major chip disadvantage, had to push for a quick double up and seemed to have an opportunity when his Jc 7d met Qs Td 3d on the flop and Kh on the turn. With eight outs for a straight, Chris considered for a long time whether he should call Ebanks´ raise of 2 million and eventually shoved the remainder of his stack into the centre of the table.
Ebanks turned over Kd 4d for a made pair of kings, and for a second it appeared as if Chris had pulled it out of the bag when a 9 has dealt on the turn. Sadly it was the 9d which completed Ebanks´ diamond flush and sent Chris to the rail with $716,282 second place prize money.
In a post-match interview, Ebanks admitted that he had been backed to enter the tournament and was not going to keep all the $1,158,481 himself, but was delighted to have won the bracelet after seven years of trying. He also confirmed that he will emigrating from the US to continue playing online poker in light of the events of Black Friday in which he claims he lost more money than he won in this event.
It Got No Better in Other Events
In the $1,500 NLHE Championship (Event 48), seven UK and Ireland poker players managed a cash, but none were involved in the conclusion of the event which rolls into a fourth day with four players remaining. In the 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Championship (Event 49) we already knew that there would be a total wipe-out before Day 3 commenced. American Lenny Martin took down this tournament to claim the bracelet and first prize of $189,818.
Despite a positive first day in the Triple Chance No Limit Hold´em Championship (Event 50), Richard Trigg, Victor Ilyukhin and Jonathon Spinks all busted out in the final session of Day 2, and there will be no British representation on the final day in this event. A very small contingent of UK poker players entered the Pot Limit Hi/Lo Championship (Event 51), in which Wolverhampton´s Adam Latimer is prominent among the chip leaders.
The final event to kick off last night was the Mixed Hold´em (Limit/No Limit) Championship (Event 52). The entrants list looked like a “who´s who” of poker, with dozens of WSOP bracelet winners among the field and including one player who came so close yesterday to breaking his World Series of Poker duck – Chris Moorman!