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LA Poker Classic -- Chris Moore Wins Heads-Up Championship

Chris Moore Faces Vivek Rajkumar in the Final Match for the Second Year in a Row

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Chris Moore WinsDo you believe in miracles?

Well, you would have to if you thought this could happen two years in a row. Chris Moore (pictured right) won the winner’s side of the bracket at the 2010 L.A. Poker Classic $10,000 heads-up no-limit hold’em championship event and Vivek Rajkumar won the loser’s side of the bracket once again and brought about a rematch in the final of this event at Commerce Casino.

After going undefeated on day 1 of the event Moore only had to defeat Anthony Guetti and Aaron Jones to make it to the final match of the event. After losing one match on day 1 Rajkumar had the much tougher path. Rajkumar defeated Eugene Katchalov, Daniel Gabriel, Guetti and Jones to earn his spot in the rematch finale.

The championship match between Moore and Rajkumar began a little tentatively, but that probably had more to do with the low 100-200 blinds than the nerves of the two players. Here is a look at how the big hands of the final match played out:

Moore Knocks out one of Rajkumar’s Legs

A flop of KDiamond Suit 3Heart Suit 2Club Suit sat on the table along with 4,200 in the pot when Moore bet 2,000. Rajkumar went into the tank on the button and then made the call. Both players checked the 4Diamond Suit on the turn and the river fell 3Spade Suit. Rajkumar bet 3,600 and Moore reraised all in for 13,500 more after thinking for a minute. Rajkumar mucked and Moore jumped out to a quick lead with 26,000.

Rajkumar’s Stack Falls to Four Figures

A flop of AHeart Suit 10Club Suit 7Heart Suit sat on the table along with 2,800 in the pot and both players checked before the 3Diamond Suit fell on the turn. Rajkumar bet 2,500 and Moore made the call. Both players then checked the KDiamond Suit on the river and Moore flipped over QClub Suit 10Heart Suit. Rajkumar mucked and his stack dropped to 8,500.

Queen-Jack is Nice Twice for Moore

On a board of KSpade Suit JHeart Suit 6Diamond Suit 10Spade Suit with 1,000 in the pot Rajkumar bet 700 from the button and Moore made the call. Both players then checked the ASpade Suit on the river and Moore revealed QClub Suit JDiamond Suit. Rajkumar mucked and his stack fell to 6,500.

A few hands later Rajkumar opened the post-flop action once again on the turn. This time a board of KClub Suit QSpade Suit 9Spade Suit 2Spade Suit sat on the table along with an 800 pot when Rajkumar bet 500. Moore made the call on the button and the JDiamond Suit fell on the river. Rajkumar bet 1,700 and Moore made the call. Moore flipped over QDiamond Suit JSpade Suit and once again Rajkumar mucked. His stack was below 5,000 after the hand.

Chris Moore Wins the L.A. Poker Classic $10,000 Heads-Up Championship ($152,200)

Vivek Rajkumar opened the action after a flop of KDiamond Suit 7Spade Suit 5Diamond Suit sat on the table by betting 500 on the button into a pot of 800. Moore check-raised to 1,600 total and Rajkumar counted out his remaining chips before making the call.

The 2Diamond Suit fell on the turn and Moore bet 5,000, which was enough to put Rajkumar all in. He made the all-in call and they flipped over their cards:

Rajkumar: KSpade Suit 7Heart Suit
Moore: QDiamond Suit 8Diamond Suit

River: 9Heart Suit

Moore won the hand and the tournament with a turned flush and he takes home the championship after falling in second place against Rajkumar last year. Moore takes home the first-place prize worth $152,200, a $10,000 seat in the L.A. Poker Classic main event, the iconic cowboy championship trophy, and a championship watch. Rajkumar made a valiant effort to defend his heads-up title and takes home $76,100 in second place.

Stay tuned for a recap of the day’s events and check back on Friday for coverage of the $10,000 World Poker Tour no-limit hold’em championship at the L.A. Poker Classic at Commerce Casino.

Here are the final results for the tournament:

Chris Moore: $152,200
Vivek Rajkumar: $76,100
Aaron Jones: $45,660
Michael Binger: $30,440

You can also check out summaries for each round of matches from the final day of the event in CardPlayer.com’s live updates.