WSOP Day 29: Morgan and Givens Grab Gold

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Jordan Morgan masters two-day heads-up battle for the win. (Image: WSOP)

Two players won their tournaments at the 2014 World Series of Poker yesterday. Jordan Morgan and Will Givens are each known for their hard work in the game of poker, and both were inundated with congratulations for their victories and first WSOP gold bracelets.

Meanwhile, the $50K Poker Players Championship (PPC) will bring back just 22 players today and likely reach the money sometime in the afternoon to pay the top 14 players. Melissa Burr remains as the only woman in the field and could be the first to ever cash in a PPC at the WSOP. Big names are still in contention, a great time for poker fans to sidle up to the ropes at the Rio and get some photos of some big poker stars.

Keep your eyes on the action today, or just check with us tomorrow for a rundown of everything that happened.

Event 44: $1,500 NLHE (Day 4 of 4)

A simple $1,500 NLHE was anything but simple and ran for four days. It started with these numbers:

Entries: 1,914
Prize pool: $2,584,900
Places paid: 198

Day 2 thinned the field from 212 to 15 players, and Day 3 worked its way to the final table. But when heads-up play started between Evan McNiff and Jordan Morgan, the two couldn’t have predicted a 200-hand battle to end in nearly even stacks.

They returned for an unscheduled Day 4 and played more than 50 hands before Morgan captured the well-earned victory.

1st place: Jordan Morgan ($478,102)
2nd place: Evan McNiff ($295,727)
3rd place: Jason Johnson ($204,464)
4th place: Ray 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)

Event 45: $1K NLHE (Day 3 of 3)

This particular $1K NLHE tournament began with these stats:

Entries: 1,841
Prize pool: $1,656,900
Places paid: 198

Day 2 took the 144 remaining players and whittled the number down to just 11.

Day 3 started with Terik Brown and Kim Ng exiting before the final table, each taking home $17,530 for their deep runs. Givens built a stack and took the lead into heads-up play against former chip leader Angela Prada-Moed. The latter doubled several times over the course of the battle but never gained enough ground to stop Givens from getting the gold.

1st place: Will Givens ($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)

Event 46: $50K Poker Players Championship (Day 3 of 5)

When the big buy-in eight-game tournament, better known as the Poker Players Championship, began, the registration numbers showed this:

Entries: 102
Prize pool: $4,896,000
Places paid: 14
First place prize: $1,517,767

Day 2 officially set the field and sent quite a few players home, ending the night with 55.

Day 3 eliminated players like David Bach, Alex Bilokur, Josh Arieh, and Eli Elezra. Some of the last bustouts of the night included John Monnette, Chris Klodnicki, Andy Bloch, and Calvin Anderson. Only 22 survivors were listed on the leaderboard, with these players in the top five:

1. Abe Mosseri (1,727,000)
2. Brandon Shack-Harris (1,185,000)
3. Matt Glantz (1,083,000)
4. Robert Mizrachi (1,020,000)
5. Frank Kassela (1,004,000)

Event 47: $1,500 Ante Only NLHE (Day 2 of 3)

When players gathered on Monday for the Ante Only event, they set these tournament numbers:

Prize pool: $963,900
Places paid: 72
First place prize: $212,093

Day 2 brought 80 players back and quickly burst the money bubble to ensure payouts of at least $2,718 for the top 72 finishers. Some who cashed in were Dutch Boyd, Amanda Baker, Erik Seidel, George Danzer, Nenad Medic, Dan Kelly, Daniel Negreanu, and Maria Ho.

Just before midnight, the 10th place elimination of Brendan Taylor for $12,694 set the official final table, and play stopped with these chip counts:

1. Jeremy Joseph (689,000)
2. Simeon Naydenov (629,000)
3. Jonas Lauck (485,000)
4. Jesse McEuen (384,000)
5. Ryan D’Angelo (294,000)
6. Adam Levy (269,000)
7. Rhys Jones (187,000)
8. Herbert Yarbrough (157,000)
9. Arthur Pro (122,000)

Event 48: $1,500 PLO-8 (Day 1 of 3)

The single starting tournament on Tuesday brought a solid field to the tables, quite a few more players than last year. The final registration numbers were:

Entries: 991
Prize pool: $1,337,850
Places paid: 117
First place prize: $270,992

2013 entries: 936
2013 prize pool: $1,263,600

Day 1 took the field down to just 152 players, quite a few off the money. And the top five players on the leaderboard were listed as follows:

1. Cale Maclean (130,300)
2. Yeuqi Zhu (99,800)
3. Soner Osman (99,600)
4. Tyler Patterson (99,100)
5. Jeff Madsen (97,000)

On Tap for June 25

Event 46 will continue with its fourth of five days and attempt to set the final table.

Event 47 will play out its final table.

Event 48 will continue in an effort to set the final table.

Event 49 ($5K NLHE) starts at noon, and Event 50 ($1,500 Eight-Game Mix) will get underway at 4pm.


Editor’s Note: reporter Jennifer Newell is on site in Las Vegas, and will be offering daily news recaps throughout World Series of Poker 2014. Check back here daily for a detailed accounting of events, exclusive interviews, and anything of interest regarding WSOP.

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