After a mad dash to the tape, Chris Moorman won World Series of Poker Online Event #29 ($800 NLHE 8-Max Turbo Deepstack Championship) for $102,406 to claim his second WSOP bracelet in style. With the turbo deepstack format setting players to decisions for their tournament lives from the kick-off, the final table took less than an hour to roar to a conclusion and gave the British online poker legend yet another victory in his illustrious career.
The action at the eight-handed final table was quick from the very first hand and it wasn’t long before the first elimination. It was Jeremy Menard who busted in eighth place for $8,477 after coming into play seventh in chips and with less than half of the chip stack the final table leader Moorman had built.
Menard moved all-in pre-flop for just under eight big blinds with and was called by Matthew Hunt with . The flop of gave Menard the best hand, pairing his jack, but while his hopes of survival were maintained on the turn, the river dashed them to pieces and propelled Hunt into the lead.
After a long period without any bust-outs, it would be ‘cakebot’ who lost their tournament life in seventh place for $11,303. When ‘bbert29’ moved all-in from early position, ‘cakebot’ called off their stack in the next seat and everyone else folded. Holding , ‘cakebot’ was a big favorite to win the hand against the of ‘bbert29’, but the board of had other ideas as trips on the river reduced the field to six players.
Just five minutes later, another player had departed as ‘JonSnow14’, who had begun the final table second in chips, saw their night’s watch for the chance of winning a bracelet over as they were frozen out on contention. All-in with against Patrick Eskandar’s , the seven-high flop of offered no hope to the sixth-place finisher. After the turn of and river, ‘JonSnow14’’s hopes of a WSOP bracelet win could not be resurrected and he cashed out for $15,340.
It was Philip Tom who busted in fifth place as the third elimination in quick succession sped up the action even more as the final table raced towards its conclusion. Tom moved all-in for four big blinds with and was up against Eskandar’s . The flop of gave little hope to Tom, and after the turn of , the fifth place finisher was drawing dead to the river, winning $21,261.
There was barely time for the remaining four players to adjust their sliders before another player went to the rail. Hunt delivered another player’s hopes to the gutter as ‘bbert29’ shoved from the button with and Hunt called with . The board of gave ‘bbert29’ little hope of triumph along the way and they busted for a result worth $29,963.
There was only one six-figure score up for grabs and three-handed, all of the remaining players seemed to focus in on that bracelet-earning amount up top. Moorman had the chip lead when the pivotal hand sent play heads-up, holding 10.1 million to Eskandar’s nine million chips, with Hunt bringing up the rear with 5.2 million chips.
It was a surprising defeat for Eskandar in terms of chip stacks, then, when he moved all-in pre-flop with over Moorman’s opening bet. The British player called it off with and suddenly, Eskandar needed a lot of help to remain in with a shot at victory.
The flop of gave Eskandar nothing to add to the three jack outs, and when the turn fell , he needed a jack and only a jack to survive. The river of denied Eskandar the chance to take on Moorman heads-up and instead gave the Brit a massive chip lead heading into the decisive duel of the match, with Moorman’s stack nearly four times that of his challenger.
Heads up saw the stacks balance a little over the course of just 10 minutes of to and fro, but by the time the final hand played out, Moorman still had a comfortable lead, with over 15 million chips playing the nine million belonging to Hunt. With blinds at 300,000/600,000, Moorman shoved from the button with and was snap-called by Hunt with .
The flop of immediately vaulted Moorman into the lead in the hand, and after the turn and river, the British player celebrated a memorable victory on Twitter as he announced his second WSOP bracelet, condemning Hunt to the runner-up prize of $63,112.
— Chris Moorman (@Moorman1) July 29, 2021
Of the 418 players and 205 rebuys, just 72 players cashed, including players such as Justin Lapka (55th for $1,660), Michael Dyer (42nd for $2,063), Johnnie Moreno (33rd for $2,333), Matt Berkey (28th for $2,333), Bryan Piccioli (16th for $3,319), Tom Cannuli (12th for $5,069) and Ryan Leng (10th for $5,069) the latter of whom came close to the final table without making the cut.
WSOP Online Event #29 Turbo Deepstack Final Table Results:
- Chris ‘Robotbob47’ Moorman – $102,406
- Matthew ‘BraceletHUNT’ Hunt – $63,112
- Patrick ‘Synesthesia’ Eskandar – $43,106
- ‘bbert29’ – $29,963
- Philip ‘Chairman99’ Tom – $21,261
- ‘JonSnow14’ – $15,340
- ‘cakebot’ – $11,303
- Jeremy ‘g00sebumps’ Menard – $8,477