After long 32 levels of play in the Event #44 of this year’s World Series of Poker, Jordan Morgan has finally claimed the title! The heads up battle between him and Evan McNiff started last night, after other seven players have been eliminated, and with Morgan holding nearly 4:1 chip advantage over his opponent, it seemed like it could be a short battle.
But the appearance was deceiving. McNiff wouldn’t give up for one second and he was slowly building his stack up to eventually seize the lead and then give it back over to Morgan. By the time they’ve reached the end of Level 31 they’ve played 200 hands of heads up poker (more than double of what it took to reach the heads up stage) and 10 long levels, and decided they had enough. Morgan and McNiff agreed to return today to end their important battle, and their stacks were nearly identical, with Morgan bagging approximately one big blind more.
When they returned today for a fresh start, it was basically anyone’s game as it was anyone’s guess how long it would take before crowning the winner. As it turned out, it took about an hour before the decisive hand of the tournament was played.
McNiff opened his button and Morgan, who had him covered, announced he was all in. Evan McNiff made the quick call with #ac#kd to put his tournament life and bracelets hopes on the line, but with what figures to be the best hand most of the time. However, Morgan held #6d#6c and it was a simple race, a race that could award the bracelet to Morgan on the finish-line.
And as the board ran #jc#3s#4s #4c #9c, that’s exactly what happened, as McNiff’s Big Slick failed to improve and he became the official runner up of the Event #44, taking home $295,727. As for Jordan Morgan, after that lost pot was pushed his way, he became the most recent WSOP bracelet winner. Together with his very first bracelet, he received quite a prize for $1,500 tournament – total of $478,102.
Morgan admitted after it was all over that the break in play helped him refocus and rethink his strategy, as at one point during the match he had the feeling McNiff was outplaying him. As he further explained in his interview for WSOP.com, he wasn’t in a great poker shape, as this was the first tournament of the summer for him. This certainly gives a whole new meaning to the phrase off to a good start!