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The 888poker LIVE Festival landed at the Aspers Casino in Westfield Stratford London on Nov 21 with a packed schedule of nine featured events that promise to keep the venue busy till Dec 2. The series has already crowned five winners, and the most prominent of them all was none other than 888poker Ambassador Chris Moorman (cover image) himself who took down the £2,200 High Roller title to win £27,000.
The High Roller was a two-day-long extravaganza that logged in 39 entries, generating a prize pool worth £77,220 to be distributed among the top six finishers.
Last year, it was Lithuania’s Matas Cimbolas who had won the High Roller trophy at this stop for £42,505 following a heads-up deal with British-pro Tom Hall.
This win brought Moorman his twentieth recorded live score this year. However, for someone who has over $6 million in live tournament winnings, this was his first-ever win at an 888poker live event!
If Moorman is a feared live player – he happens to be a beast online and is counted as one of the most successful online MTT players in the world, having won numerous accolades playing under the handle “Moorman1”.
Several heavyweights took part in this event but fell short of the money line like Nick Marchington, Christopher Yong, Ivan Deyra, 888poker Ambassador`s Martin Jacobson, and Ana Marquez.
The money bubble burst on Jose Planells, who fell out in a seventh-place with empty pockets.
The focus has since shifted to the £1,100 Main Event that saw 58 entries (including six re-entries) coming in on the first of five scheduled starting flights. Thirteen players made it through to Day 2.
Final Table Recap
The first player to be eliminated on the six-handed final table was Raul Martinez, who had to settle for the min-cash of £5,220. UK-native Damian Bell hit the rail next and collected £7,000 for his fifth-place finish.
The fourth place was reserved for Antoine Saout, who managed to win a prize of £9,000. The last player to hit the rail before heads-up play was Australian Nicholas Lee, who earned £12,000 for his efforts.
At the start of heads-up, Benjamin Winsor was leading Moorman 2-1 in chips, but the 888poker pro quickly doubled up to take charge. Ultimately, Winsor down to his last seven big blinds moved all-in holding ace-trey suited, only to run into Moorman’s ace-nine. The kicker came into play on the ten-high board, declaring Moorman the champion!
Final Table Results
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