Dan 3 Kraj
Dan 3 Kraj
The two remaining players, Jordan Morgan and Evan McNiff, were exhausted and decided to call it quits for the day after playing through 10 long levels. With less than 20 minutes remaining in Level 31, Morgan and McNiff started discussing, and quickly agreed, that they should just finish their battle the following day.
“It’s been a long day, man,” Morgan said to the Tournament Director.
The event began on Saturday and 1,914 players paid the $1,500 registration fee to create a prize pool of $2,583,900. By the end of Day 1, just 212 remained and the players were only 14 spots from the money. It took less than an hour to burst the bubble and then players started dropping from the tournament quickly. By the end of Day 2, 15 players bagged up chips to go into what they thought would be the final day.
Some big name players made the money including Vinny Pahuja, who is experiencing a great series. Pahuja cashed for the fifth time since the series began, finishing 12th for $27,337 on Day 2. Other in-the-money finishes came from Roberto Romanello, Randal Flowers, Harrison Gimbel, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Loni Harwood, Thomas Muehloecker, Barry Greenstein, Max Silver, Owen Crowe, Joe Serock, Shawn Buchanan, Jackie Glazier, Jeff Madsen, and Sofia Lövgren.
Notables making an appearance and busting on Day 1 before the bubble burst were William Reynolds, Amanda Musumeci, Humberto Brenes, Tony Dunst, Ami Barer, Andy Frankenberger, Dave Ulliott, Mark Radoja, Vladimir Geshkenbein, Athanasios Polychronopoulos, Dominik Nitsche, Antonio, Esfandiari, and Marvin Rettenmaier.
The unofficial final table was set a few hours into Day 3 and it took over an hour for the 10th-place finisher to be eliminated. The unfortunate honour went to Brandon Ageloff who had come into the day as the chip leader with the only player holding over a million chips. He lost a few big pots and then got it in with trip nines against Morgan’s full house on the turn. The river bricked and he left to collect $27,337.
After that, they started to bust out quickly. Michael “Maddog” Anselm was next to go in ninth for $35,063, followed by Ryan Spittles, the lone non-American on the final table from UK, who earned $45,554 for eighth.
Joseph Iarussi was knocked out in seventh for $59,920, and then Robert Chorlian was eliminated in sixth for $79,842. Bryan Dillon was the first player to earn more than $100K when he finished in fifth place for $107,800, followed by Ray Foley in fourth for $147,463. The heads-up match was set once Jason Johnson, who also final-tabled the Millionaire Maker earlier in this series, busted in third place and earned $204,464.
The heads-up clash between Morgan and McNiff began at 7:30 p.m. local time, and it was almost six hours later that they bagged up their chips one last time. It took only 78 hands to go from a final table of nine to the final two, but there has been just shy of 200 hands of heads-up play already and the winner has not been settled yet.
Morgan and McNiff ended the day with very even chip stacks, so this event can very easily go either way. They will return at 1 p.m. to determine who will earn the gold bracelet and the top-prize money of $478,102.
Check back with the PokerNews Live Reporting blog to follow the final hands on Tuesday.
Hand #273: Jordan Morgan got a walk.
Hand #274: Morgan opened to 240,000 and Evan McNiff called. The dealer laid out a flop of and both players checked to the on the turn. Both player checked again and the came on the river. Morgan check-called a bet of 265,000 and McNiff showed for the win.
Hand #275: Morgan got a walk.
Morgan and McNiff have both decided to pause play for the night. Their stacks have been bagged and tagged and they will resume play on Day 4, at 1 p.m.
Hand #268: Jordan Morgan folded his button and gave Evan McNiff a walk.
Hand #269: McNiff raised it up to 240,000 and Morgan three-bet to 600,000 to win the pot.
Hand #270: Morgan bumped it up to 240,000 and McNiff made the call. The flop came down and McNiff checked. Morgan bet out 175,000 and McNiff called. The turn card was the and both players checked. The river came down and McNiff led out for 430,000. Morgan pushed his cards in the middle and McNiff was awarded the pot.
Hand #271: Morgan was given a walk.
Hand #272: Morgan made it 240,000 to play and McNiff came along to the flop of . McNiff checked and Morgan continuation-bet to 175,000 to win the hand.
Hand #263: Evan McNiff opened to 240,000 and Jordan Morgan folded.
Hand #264: Morgan opened to 240,000, McNiff three-bet to 600,000, and Morgan folded.
Hand #265: McNiff opened to 240,000, Morgan three-bet to 600,000 and McNiff folded.
Hand #266: Morgan opened to 240,000 and McNiff folded.
Hand #267: McNiff opened to 240,000 and Morgan called. The flop was laid out , Morgan check-called a bet of 260,000 from McNiff to see the turn, . Both players checked and the dealer delivered the on the river. Both checked down the river and Morgan tabled for a flush, McNiff mucked.
Hand #258: Jordan Morgan raised to 240,000 and Evan McNiff made the call to go to a flop of . McNiff check-folded to a bet from Morgan.
Hand #259: McNiff bumped it up to 240,000 and won the hand.
Hand #260: Morgan raised to 240,000 from his button and McNiff three-bet to 600,000. Morgan folded and McNiff scooped up the chips.
Hand #261: McNiff opened to 240,000 and won the blinds and antes.
Hand #262: Morgan made it 240,000 to play and McNiff let it go.
Hand #253: Evan McNiff opened to 240,000 and Jordan Morgan made the call. The dealer delivered a flop, Morgan bet 175,000, and McNiff folded.
Hand #254: Morgan gave McNiff a walk.
Hand #255: McNiff opened to 240,000, Morgan three-bet to 600,000, and McNiff let it go.
Hand #256: Morgan opened to 240,000 and McNiff folded.
Hand #257: McNiff opened to 240,000, Morgan three-bet to 600,000, and McNiff folded.
Hand #248: Jordan Morgan raised to 240,000 and won the blinds and antes.
Hand #249: Evan McNiff opened for 240,000 and Morgan three-bet to 600,000. McNiff gave up and Morgan won the pot.
Hand #250: Morgan raised to 240,000 and McNiff called to go to a flop of . Check, check. The turn was the and both players checked again. The final card was the and was also checked down. McNiff showed Morgan had . McNiff won the chips.
Hand #251: McNiff bumped it up to 240,000 and Morgan pushed all in and won the pot.
Hand #252: Morgan raised to 240,000 and won the hand.
Hand #243: Evan McNiff opened to 200,000 and Jordan Morgan called. The flop was dealt and both players checked to see the on the turn. Both checked again and the river introduced the . The river action went check, check and McNiff tabled to win the pot.
Hand #244: Morgan opened to 200,000 and McNiff made the call to the flop. Both players checked to the on the turn. McNiff led out for 250,000 and Morgan folded.
Hand #245: McNiff opened to 200,000 and Morgan let it go.
Hand #246: Morgan opened to 240,000 and McNiff called. The dealer fanned out a flop and both players checked to the on the turn. McNiff led out for 285,000 and Morgan made the call. The fell on the river, McNiff slid out a bet of 680,000, and Morgan laid it down.
Hand #247: McNiff opened to 240,000 and Morgan folded.