The World Series of Poker Event #44, $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em, has come to an end after four days of play even though it was expected to only take three. The reason it took so long is due to a very long and well fought heads-up duel between the final two players, Jordan Morgan and Even McNiff.
Event #44 at the World Series of Poker had a massive attendance of 1,914 players participating, creating a large prize pool of $2,583,900 to be split amongst players finishing in the money. 16 players showed up for day 3 of poker, which was expected to be the last for them all. After a few hours of play we were down to the heads-up duel, but six hours later they decided to continue into day four to finish the battle.
Day four went on for a little more than one hour before the final hand showed itself. At this point Morgan had a 2:1 chip lead over McNiff, which he was taking advantage of. The final hand of the tournament was the 331th of the final table, where we are at level 32 of the tournament and blinds are 80,000/160,000 with an ante of 20,000.
McNiff raised to 320,000 pre-flop from the button and Morgan pushed all-in back to McNiff. McNiff eventually decided to call the push and risk his tournament life for good.
The dealer dealt the community cards and with absolutely no help for McNiff, he saw himself finish in second place for $295,727. Morgan took home his first WSOP bracelet, adding it to the collection of a WSOP Circuit ring he won a few years back, as well as taking home the first prize of $478,102. You can see the rest of the final table payouts below:
- Jordan Morgan - $478,102
- Evan McNiff - $295,727
- Jason Johnson - $204,464
- Ray Foley - $147,463
- Bryan Dillon - $107,800
- Robert Chorlian - $79,842
- Joseph Iarussi - $59,920
- Ryan Spittles - $45,554
- Michael Anselm - $35,063