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Chris Moorman Wins The 2014 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic

28-Year-Old British Pro Captures First Major Title and $1,015,460 First-Place Prize


Chris Moorman has emerged victorious in the 2014 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event, winning topping a field of 534 players to win his first major live title, the first-place prize of $1,015,460 and 2,100 Card Player Player of the Year points. As a result of this huge win Moorman has climbed to 5th place in the POY standings. The 28-year-old British poker pro, known as “Moorman1” online, became the first player to exceed $10 million in online tournament earnings late last year, and after this event he’s increased his career live tournament earnings to just over $3.9 million as well.

Moorman entered the final table in second chip position behind Michael Rocco. The two start-of-day leaders survived to three-handed play, which is when the hand of the tournament arose. Glenn Lafaye, who started the hand as the chip leader, raised to 325,000 from the button and Michael Rocco moved all-in from the small blind for 2,020,000. Moorman then moved all-in as well for 2,835,000 total. it came back around to Lafaye, who made the call to put the other two players at risk and possibly end the event right there. The hands were as follows:

Runner-up Glenn LafayeGlenn Lafaye: QDiamond SuitJDiamond Suit
Michael Rocco: AClub Suit8Diamond Suit
Chris Moorman: 10Club Suit10Spade Suit

Moorman was in the lead heading into the flop, but all of that changed when the KHeart SuitQSpade SuitJHeart Suit giving Lafaye two pair and the lead in the hand. The turn brought the 3Spade Suit, changing nothing.

As long as the river didn’t bring a ten or an ace Lafaye would win the pot and become the next WPT champion. But the ASpade Suit peeled off the deck, giving Moorman the broadway straight. With that he tripled up, pulling nearly level with Lafaye while Rocco was sent to the rail in third place, earning $423,440 for his deep run.

Moorman quickly overtook the the chip lead from Lafaye, and in just 35 hands later it was all over when Moorman’s pocket aces held against Lafaye’s flopped straight draw. Lafaye hit the rail in second place, earning $662,840 and 1,750 points and climbed to 7th place in the POY standings as a result.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Chris Moorman $1,015,460 2,100
2 Glenn Lafaye $662,840 1,750
3 Michael Rocco $423,440 1,400
4 Patrick Bruel $332,190 1,050
5 Josh Neufeld $264,520 875
6 Adam Friedman $200,440 700

Photos courtesy of Joe Giron / World Poker Tour.