PocketFivers are up to 16 World Series of Poker bracelets won this year after capturing two more on Tuesday at the Rio in Las Vegas. We’ll start with Jordan iMsoLucky0Morgan (pictured), who needed an extra day of play to take down a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em tournament (Event #44) and bag $478,000.
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It only took an hour of heads-up play to determine a winner on Tuesday, as Morgan defeated Evan McNiff. On the final hand of the tournament, Morgan 3bet all-in before the flop and McNiff called off his stack, showing A-K against Morgan’s 6-6. Neither player improved and Morgan shipped his first WSOP bracelet.
Morgan already owned a WSOP Circuit ring and now adds a bracelet to his coffers. He told WSOP officials following the tournament, “It’s validation to win. I’ve been coming here for ten years. It’s great to finally get the bracelet that I’ve always wanted.”
It took over six hours of heads-up play to determine a winner in this event, leading Morgan to say of the two-way battle, “I’ve played a lot of heads-up poker, so for me this was a game of adjustments. He adjusted really well pretty quickly. Then, it took me a while to adjust back… We were playing a game where the other guy kind of knew what the other was doing, so we had respect for each other. A lot of minor changes back and forth can make a big difference.”
Interestingly, Morgan’s victory came on the same day as his ninth wedding anniversary, so we should congratulate him on that distinction as well. Here’s how the final table cashed out:
1st Place: Jordan iMsoLucky0Morgan – $478,102
2nd Place: Evan McNiff – $295,727
3rd Place: Jason Johnson – $204,464
4th Place: Ray WirdPair Foley – $147,463
5th Place: Bryan Dillon – $107,800
6th Place: Robert Chorlian – $79,842
7th Place: Joseph Iarussi – $59,920
8th Place: Ryan Spittles – $45,554
9th Place: Michael Anselm – $35,063
Also at the Rio on Tuesday, Will imahustla1Givens (pictured) earned his first WSOP bracelet in a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event (#45). The tournament began on Sunday with 1,841 players and, by Tuesday, only one was still standing. Givens earned $306,000 and made his second WSOP final table in a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event in a week.
There could have been a little karma at work as well, as Givens, a Colorado native, found himself seated with a dealer from his home state on the Day 2 restart: “I get a dealer from Denver and we were just kidding it off. I start with 36,000 and next thing I know, I’m at 130,000, 140,000. Then, I just stayed composed. [On Day 3], I was in the exact same seat I was in when we were down to two tables… That’s when I was like, ‘This is destiny.’ I couldn’t believe I was here and it was a repeat. Except this time I won.”
Online, Givens has $2.3 million in online scores in his profile and earned $122,000 for winning the Full Tilt Poker $750,000 Guaranteed four years ago. He has won the $1K Monday, Super Tuesday, Friday Night Fight, and Sunday Second Chance, just to name a few.
Here’s how the final table cashed out:
1st Place: Will imahustla1Givens – $306,634
2nd Place: Angela Prada-Moed – $189,632
3rd Place: Paul Sokoloff – $131,110
4th Place: David Hass – $94,559
5th Place: Patrick Curzio – $69,125
6th Place: Duy Ho – $51,198
7th Place: Dmitrii Shchepkin – $38,423
8th Place: Ivan Saul – $29,211
9th Place: Loren Klein – $22,484