Of course, it wasn’t easy (it never is) as Moorman had to borrow a page from Barry Greenstein's book to spiked a fortuitous “ace on the river” in what may have been the most critical hand of the entire tournament. Here’s the hand as reported by the WPT Live Updates website:
A short time later the largest hand of the tournament took place and set the heads-up final lineup in the process. All three players were all-in preflop on Hand 129 and it was an exciting hand from start to finish. Lafaye raised to 325,000 on the button and Rocco reraised all in for 2,020,000 on the small blind. Moorman moved all in over the top for 2,835,000 from the big blind and Lafaye called to cover them both. All three players then tabled their hands.
Lafaye flopped two pair to take the lead but Moorman made a Broadway straight on the river to win the hand and triple up to survive. Rocco was eliminated in third place and he took home $423,440. Lafaye still held the chip lead for the start of the heads-up final with 8,275,000 but Moorman was right on his heels with 7,750,000.
With his victory Moorman is a min-cash away from $4 million in lifetime earnings.
Glenn Lafaye had to settle for runner up and will dry his tears on the massive $662,840 payday for second place while hyper-aggro young gun Michael Rocco, who came into the Final Table with the chip lead, rakes his biggest score netting $423,440. Here’s the rest of the payouts:
Final Table Payouts:
Chris Moorman – $1,015,460
Glenn Lafaye – $662,840
Michael Rocco – $423,440
Patrick Bruel – $332,190
Josh Neufeld – $264,520
Adam Friedman – $200,440
For hand by hand recap of what went down in Los Angeles, go to the WPT Live Updates page. Next stop - San Jose, CA for the Bay 101 Shooting Star.