Elio Fox Edges Chris Moorman to Win 2011 WSOPE Main Event
Elio Fox was the least known player at the 2011 WSOPE Main Event final table but that didn’t stop him from putting on a spectacular performance going wire-to-wire to win the European title.
Chris Moorman is one of the best online poker players in the world but even he didn’t last long against the surging Fox heads-up.
Moorman was also at a disadvantage as he entered heads-up play with a nearly 2-1 chip deficit.
Fox was absolutely relentless during the heads-up match and never gave Moorman a chance to breath. Fox rivered a flush early to win a massive pot and was firmly in the driver’s seat from that point on.
Finally Moorman was down to 2.1 million and needed to make a stand.
In the final hand of the tournament Fox bet 200,000, Moorman bet 430,000 and Fox jammed, easily covering Moorman.
Moorman made the call and both players revealed their hands:
Fox: A♦ T♠
Moorman: A♥ 7♠
The dealer prepared to put down a potentially tournament-ending board. The flop came 6♠ 4♠ 3♥, which kept Fox in the lead but gave Moorman a gut-shot straight draw.
The turn came 6♦ and Moorman now had a shot at chopping as well as winning the hand.
The river… 8♥!
Fox successfully faded all of Moorman’s outs and won the pot, the title and €1.4 million. Meanwhile Moorman will have to go another day without a major title but he does pick up €800,000.
In total Fox outlasted a field of 593 players and a final table that included Moorman, Jake Cody and Brian Roberts to win the biggest poker tournament in French history.
We had to laugh when we overheard his short answer to an ESPN reporter asking if he enjoyed the tournament.
“I always do. It’s a lot of fun.”
It is a lot of fun. Especially when you win €1.4 million.
That’s it for us in Cannes. Thanks for checking out our coverage and stay tuned for a news wrap of the event.
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