Jordan Morgan and Will Givens Each Win Their First WSOP Bracelet
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Event #44: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
After 10 years of playing in WSOP events, Jordan Morgan has won his first bracelet. The “semi-retired” poker professional who describes himself as “quite possibly the laziest man in all of Tulsa county,” took an hour of the day’s play to secure the victory.
That hour on day four of a three day event followed an extremely long heads up match lasting 32 blind levels. On day three Morgan and his opponent Evan McNiff called it a day after both admitted a deep need for sleep.
Both players were experienced live tournament players, and several swings could have sent the bracelet either way. Morgan had one narrow escape when he got all his chips in with A-K against McNiff’s K-K. A saving ace on the river kept him in the tournament.
Morgan won $478k to go with his bracelet, and will be able to support a few more years of his “lazy” lifestyle.
Event #45:$1,000 No-Limit Hold’em
Will Givens captured his first WSOP bracelet by defeating Angela Prada-Moed heads-up. Givens’ performance comes on the heels of a fourth place finish last week in Event #33:$1,000 No-Limit Hold’em.
Prada-Moed started the day as chip leader and maintained herself in the top few players throughout the day. By the time it got to heads up she was outchipped, and even though she managed a few double-ups, Givens had too many opportunities to flip for the victory for her to overcome.
The fourth time all her chips went in, the cards ran well for Givens, and Prada-Moed lost her chance of a bracelet—$306k to Givens and $189k to Prada-Moed.
Events still running
Event #46: $50,000 The Poker Players Championship
There are still two days left on the schedule before the big bucks of The Poker Players Championship are awarded.
22 players remain after day three, with Abe Mosseri having a commanding chip lead. Mosseri has 1.7 million chips, while in second place, Brandon Shack-Harris has less than 1.2 million.
The top two are followed by Matt Glanz, Robert Mizrachi, Frank Kassela, and Scott Seiver. Former Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel is a few places behind, and Melissa Burr is again making a deep run, with 622k chips.
Event #47: $1,500 Ante Only No-Limit Hold’em
The final table is set with the last nine players remaining in an event which attracted some of the top live tournament professionals.
The chip leader is Jeremy Joseph who finished 15th in Event #33 for $12k—he is already guaranteed to beat that score, with a shot at the $212k for first place.
Getting there won’t be easy. Ryan “g0lfa” D’Angelo and Adam “Roothlus” Levy are both at the table and looking for their first WSOP bracelets.
Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Maria Ho, Erik Seidel, Ryan Riess all made the money but fell out of the race before the final table.
Event #48: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better
The $1500 PLO8 event saw 991 players sign up, and after day one, 152 remain in play.
Cale Maclean has the largest chip stack going into day two. Phil Ivey still has chips, and Jeff Madsen is close to the top of the leaderboard in fourth place.