Ohio’s Joe Ebanks and Britain’s Chris Moorman were left locked in a heads-up battle as the hard-stop rule came into play yet again at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) after three days of the $10,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em event in Las Vegas.
Event #46, with a $4,455,600 prize pool from 474 entrants, should have finished after the third day, but Ebanks and Essex-based player Moorman will return this evening to give us a winner in an event that possesses a top prize of $1,158,481 and the requisite gold bracelet.
Yesterday’s session started out with 22 of the world’s top short-handed players in contention, but Tulsa’s Ben ‘Benba’ Lamb (12th for $56,140), Greg Dyer (17th for $43,976), of Minneapolis, Philadelphia’s Chris Klodnicki (19th for $35,377) and Texan David Benefield (20th for $35,377) were soon sent to the rail.
The final table, which was reached at about 9.45pm local time, possessed numerous talented players, but Frenchman Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier (third for $447,074), Tristan Wade (fourth for $292,866), of Orlando, California’s Taylor Paur (fifth for $198,140) and Mike Sowers (sixth for $138,301), of Charlotte, were eliminated to leave us with an Ebanks-Moorman heads-up fight.
The last hand of the evening saw Ebanks – on the button – raise to 200,000, with big blind Moorman calling.
Both checked through a 8h-4h-9h flop and the Qh turn, before the 10c came on the river. Moorman initially checked, only for Ebanks to bet out 250,000. The Brit then decided the best course of action was to lay down his hand.
Ebanks will certainly have the advantage when they return to the Amazon Room of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino this evening as he holds 11,015,000 compared to Moorman’s 3,215,000. But, of course, no heads-up clash is over until we have a final-hand success, so every railbird will gather in anticipation of a classic match-up.
Final two and chip counts for heads-up play at the WSOP 2011 $10,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em event:
1. Joe Ebanks (USA) – 11,015,000
2. Chris Moorman (UK) – 3,215,000
Places 3-10 and payouts from the WSOP 2011 $10,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em event:
3. Bertrand Grospellier (France) – $447,074
4. Tristan Wade (USA) – $292,866
5. Taylor Paur (USA) – $198,140
6. Mike Sowers (USA) – $138,301
7. Ben Tollerene (USA) – $99,493
8. Jeremy Menard (USA) – $99,493
9. Nick Grippo (USA) – $73,695
10. Matthew Hyman (USA) – $73,695