Chris Moorman's "Poker Machine" status just grew by the size of the universe; he gave the definition of poker machine a new meaning when he won his 20th Triple Crown and Sunday's partypoker $200 Guaranteed during the first part of February. And now he's added a live tournament title to his massive resume of poker accomplishments — the 2014 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic!
Moorman defeated Glenn Lafaye after it got down to two and took home the $1 million first-place prize along with his first major, live tournament title. This wasn't Moorman's first major final table showing, he had also made runs at other major final tables at the World Series of Poker, WSOP Europe, European Poker Tour and Aussie Millions.
Moorman's not only a poker machine, he's also the banker in the great game of Poker Monopoly with almost $4 million in live tournament winnings and $11 million won on the virtual felt.
WPT L.A. Poker Classic Final Table Results
Moorman began the final table second in chips and pro Michael Rocco was holding a pretty big chip lead over the remaining field. Lafaye took out the first player however when he went to war with poker pro Adam Friedman on a board of where Friedman held against Lafaye's . Friedman left with $200,440 for his 6th place finish.
Josh Neufeld was the next to exit the chip war battle when he tangled with Moorman and after raising and getting three-bet by Moorman, Neufeld shoved all-in for 1,630,000 which Moorman insta-called. Neufeld tabled the and Moorman showed down the . Neufeld was gone in fifth place for $264,520 when the board ran out and Moorman moved into the position of having a sizable chip advantage.
After 70 hands or so, with the lead changing a number of times between Rocco, Lafaye, and Moorman, Moorman took out Patrick Bruel in fourth place. Three players took the flop of — Moorman on the button, Bruel the small blind, and LaFaye in the big blind. When the flop was checked to Moorman, his bet of 265,000 brought an all-in for check raise of 1,705,000 from Bruel. LaFaye folded and Moorman called.
The on the turn gave both players a flush draw. The French actor/singer/poker player fell in fourth place when the hit the river and he was sent to the cashier to collect $332,190.
Then there were three!
Moorman lost a 6.6 million-chip pot to Lafaye on Hand #126 but within a few hands, he won a three-way all-in that sent Rocco to the rail.
The hand went like this: Lafaye was on the button and raised to 325,000. Rocco moved all-in from the small blind for 2,020,000. Moorman adding heat from the big blind by shoving 2,835,000 and Lafaye called.
The PokerNews Odds Calculator shows Moorman was a slight favorite (38%) to win the entire pot, Lafaye (37%) and Rocco (25%) weren't too far behind when the flop brought the . Lafaye picked up two pair and a 66% chance to end the tournament. Both Moorman and Rocco held straight draws.
Lafaye's lead jumped to 79% when the hit the turn, but the 'Ace-from-space' — the — on the river removed all the suspense. Rocco was gone and Moorman's rail went crazy.
Then there were two!
The match was now heads-up with Moorman holding 7,750,000 in chips to Lafaye's 8,270,000.
The poker machine that we know as Chris Moorman took the lead on the first hand of the heads-up match and kept it. Lafaye's stack was down to 20 big blinds after Moorman ground him down and on Hand #164, the British poker legend added a live tournament win to his poker resume.
From the button Lafaye limped for 200K and Moorman boosted it up to 600K. The board brought the and Moorman led for 525,000. Lafaye shoved 3,900,000 all-in and Moorman instantly called to show the . Lafaye's was in need of running cards to trip up or make a straight.
The turn and river brought the WPT L.A. Poker Classic title home to Moorman who collected $1,015,460 — which includes a $15,400 seat at the WPT Championship at Borgata later this year.
Tournament information and photos courtesy of the WPT