WSOP Europe Main Event - Live Updates

Day 5 Live Updates

10/21/2011 (3 years ago)

Elio Fox Edges Chris Moorman to Win 2011 WSOPE Main Event

Elio Fox
You can't out-fox a Fox.

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.

Average Stack
$17,790,000
Players Left
1
Tables Left
1
10/20/2011 (3 years ago)

WSOPE Main Event Day 4: Kranich Krushed (3rd)

Moritz Kranich
Moritz Kranich

German pro Moritz Kranich has officially busted from the 2011 WSOPE final table leaving Chris Moorman to face Elio Fox for the title.

Fox opened for 140,000 and Kranich shoved for his last 1.6 million. Moorman laid it down but Fox decided to make the call.

The players revealed their hands:

Fox: 9 9

Kranich: 5 4

Fox has been lucky a few times this tournament but this time he had his opponent crushed.

The dealer quickly ran out a 7 6 2 A 4 board and the Kranich was sent packing. Kranich, who was chasing poker’s Triple Crown in this event as he already has EPT and WPT titles, ended up falling just short in third place. He picks up €550,000 for his efforts.

Meanwhile we’re down to heads-up with Moorman taking on Fox for the most prestigious poker title in Europe. Here are the chip counts as we enter heads-up:

Fox – 11 million
Moorman – 6.7 million

Average Stack
8,895,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
10/20/2011 (3 years ago)

WSOPE Main Event Day 4: Roberts Robbed (4th)

Brian Roberts
That's the river?

Suddenly players are falling faster than the U.S. dollar.

Former 2 Months, $2 Million reality star Brian “flawless_victory” Roberts is the latest player to hit the rail as he got involved in a massive hand against Chris Moorman. 

Moorman open-shoved from the small blind and Roberts, who had been severely beaten down in the last 30 minutes of play, decided to make the call with a lowly J 8.

The English pro flipped Q 4 and had a slight edge on Roberts. The dealer prepared to put out a potentially player-busting board.

The board came 8 6 7 and that gave Roberts the lead with a pair of eights. The 2 peeled off the deck as the turn. It appeared Roberts would double but instead the river fell 5 giving Moorman a straight and busting Roberts right out of the tournament.

Roberts picks up €400,000 for busting in fourth place, which is more than his entire team made in two months in the reality show he starred in. Not bad for five days work.

Average Stack
5,930,000
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
10/20/2011 (3 years ago)

WSOPE Main Event Day 4: Blain Busts (5th)

Dermot Blain
Dermot Blain

Even the luck of the Irish couldn’t keep Dermot Blain from busting out of this tournament in fifth place.

In his final hand Blain opened for 175,000 from under the gun and action folded to Brian Roberts.

Roberts, who’s been the biggest mover over the last two hours, asked for a count (Blain had about 1.7 million at this point) and then decided to raise to 350,000.

Everyone else folded and Blain put all his chips in the middle. Roberts thought for a minute but than called with A J. Blain flipped in K Q and was in a serious amount of trouble.

The board ran out A Q 2 9 2 and that was enough to send Blain back to Ireland. He picks up €275,000 for hitting the rail in fifth place.

Here are the updated chip counts:

Elio Fox – 7 million
Brian Roberts – 5.3 million
Chris Moorman – 3.2 million
Mortiz Kranich – 2.1 million

Average Stack
4,447,500
Players Left
4
Tables Left
1
10/20/2011 (3 years ago)

WSOPE Main Event Day 4: It’s a Marathon Not a Sprint

The final table
The tension mounts.

We’ll say this about players at the 2011 WSOPE: They are a patient group.

For the last couple hours Elio Fox, Chris Moorman, Brian Roberts, Mortiz Kranich and Dermot Blain have been circling each other with none of them wanting to make a huge gaff.

Brian Roberts is the latest hot hand at the table and has done a great job of stealing blinds over the last hour chipping up to 3.6 million, good enough for second behind Fox’s 7 million.

The WSOPE Main Event has traditionally been a long affair and the 2008 edition featuring John Juanda was a beast of a tournament that ended up lasting 22-hours before Juanda finally scored the knockout blow in the early afternoon of the next day.

We’re hoping it doesn’t come to that but we’re fueled up on French coffee and Red Bulls so we’ll be with you every step of the way.

Here are the latest chip counts:

Elio Fox – 7 million
Brian Roberts – 3.6 million
Chris Moorman – 3.2 million
Mortiz Kranich – 2.1 million
Dermot Blain – 1.7 million

Average Stack
3,558,000
Players Left
5
Tables Left
1
10/20/2011 (3 years ago)

WSOPE Main Event Day 4: Shawn Bombs (Sixth)

Shawn Buchanan
No luck for Buck.

Shawn Buchanan was arguably the most experienced player at the final table today but that hasn’t saved him from hitting the rail in sixth place.

Elio Fox opened a pot for 120,000 and Dermot Blain moved all-in. Buchanan, who was just covered by Blain, decided to make the call and Fox, for once, got out of the way.

Buchanan had to like his odds as he flipped T T to Blain’s A 4.

The flop came Q 3 2 and Buchanan was still ahead but Blain had about, oh, one million outs with diamonds, aces and fives all providing a way for him to take the lead.

Buchanan managed to fade Blain’s outs on the turn when it came 7 but the river brought the dreaded A.

Blain busts Buchanan in sixth place. The Canadian pro picks up €200,000, which will go quite well with the €207,624 he picked up for coming in second place in the 10k Split Event.

Here are the updated chip counts for the final table:

Elio Fox - 7.5 million
Chris Moorman - 3.7 million
Mortiz Kranich - 2.5 million
Dermot Blain - 2.4 million
Brian Roberts - 1.8 million

Average Stack
3,558,000
Players Left
5
Tables Left
1
10/20/2011 (3 years ago)

WSOPE Main Event Day 4: The Final Push

Elio Fox
Can anyone out-fox Elio?

All six players are back from dinner and it’s time to play this one out – short-handed style.

New York’s Elio Fox has been kicking the crap out of everyone at the final table tonight and we’ll see if his good fortune continues against the more established grinders like Shawn Buchanan and Chris Moorman.

Meanwhile Dermot Blain is in the hot seat with just one million chips left in his arsenal.

The blinds are getting cranked up to 30,000/60,000 with a 10,000 ante so things could get very interesting over the next hour.

Here’s a look at the stacks as action recommences:

Elio Fox – 6.9 million
Chris Moorman – 3 million
Mortiz Kranich – 3 million
Shawn Buchanan – 1.9 million
Brian Roberts – 1.8 million
Dermot Blain – 1 million

Average Stack
2,965,000
Players Left
6
Tables Left
1
10/20/2011 (3 years ago)

WSOPE Main Event Day 4: Table for Six!

The final table
See you in 60.

We’ve made it through a few levels here at the final table of the 2011 WSOPE final table and players have just been given a 60-minute dinner break.

Surprisingly we’ve lost two of the players we expected to go very far at this final table in Jake Cody and Max Silver.

The relatively unknown Elio Fox, besides that whole Bellagio Cup VII business this summer, is absolutely pounding the table and now has nearly half the chips in play.

He can’t afford to slow down, however, as legendry online grinder Chris Moorman is second in chips with 3.08 million.

Check back in 60 minutes for more action from the Hotel Majestic in Cannes.

Here’s a look at the chip counts as we head for dinner:

Elio Fox – 6.9 million
Chris Moorman – 3 million
Moritz Kranich – 3 million
Shawn Buchanan – 1.9 million
Brian Roberts – 1.8 million
Dermot Blain – 1 million

Average Stack
2,965,000
Players Left
6
Tables Left
1
10/20/2011 (3 years ago)

WSOPE Main Event Day 4: Cody Crashes (7th)

Jake Cody
Jake Snaked.

Jake Cody is the unexpected seventh place finisher here at the 2011 WSOPE Final Table.

Cody, who was one of the bigger stacks at the start of the last level, but lost two huge pots to bounce right out of the tournament.

First Cody doubled up Dermot Blain when the short-stacked Irish pro jammed with A A. Cody called with K Q and never got any help from the board to lose a substantial portion of his stack.

Maybe 15 minutes later Fox opened for 110,000 and Cody three-bet to 260,000.

Fox re-raised to 600,000 and that sent Cody into the tank for a couple minutes pondering his decision.

Eventually Cody moved all-in and Fox snap-called with T T. Unfortunately it was a snap bad decision for Fox as Cody tabled J J.

The Rochdale native was still nervous, however, as his tournament life was on the line.

The flop came 8 7 6 and Cody was still safe but Fox had picked up a straight draw. Things went from bad to worse when the 9 peeled off the turn.

Cody needed to hit one of the two remaining tens to spike the bigger straight and double up. It didn’t happen as the river was a meaningless 6.

No stranger to success Cody already has poker’s illustrious Triple Crown, which includes a WPT, WSOP and EPT victory. He won't be adding another WSOP bracelet in this one, however.

Cody picks up €150,000 for busting out in seventh place and now has nearly $3 million in lifetime tournament earnings.

Here are the stacks after Cody busted:

Elio Fox - 6.9 million
Chris Moorman - 3 million
Mortiz Kranich - 3 million
Shawn Buchanan - 1.9 million
Brian Roberts - 1.8 million
Dermot Blain - 1 million

Average Stack
2,965,000
Players Left
6
Tables Left
1
10/20/2011 (3 years ago)

WSOPE Main Event Day 4: Action Slows

Elio Fox
Fox continues to lead.

It seems that at every final table there is a period where action slows and very few flops are seen.

We’ve apparently hit that portion of the evening as the last hour has been bereft of flops, bustouts, double ups and even interesting table talk. 

Elio Fox continues to maintain his chip lead and currently has just over 4 million chips. Jake Cody is the latest player to take a run at the chip leader and is currently stacked with 3.09 mllion.

Mortiz Kranich and Chris Moorman are right in line with Cody, however, as they both have three million. 

Meanwhile Irish pro Dermot Blain is in the danger zone with 550,000. The rest of the stacks are fairly even so it could be awhile before the chips start to fly.

You can’t really blame the players for being cautious right now as the blinds are 25,000/50,000 and the average stack has about 50 big blinds.

Here’s a look at the latest chip counts:

Elio Fox – 4 million
Jake Cody – 3.09 million
Chris Moorman – 3.08 million
Mortiz Kranich – 3.01 million
Brian Roberts – 2.3 million
Shawn Buchanan – 1.6 million
Dermot Blain – 550,000

Average Stack
2,541,429
Players Left
7
Tables Left
1
1 2

Event Information

Event Name
€10,400 WSOP Europe Main Event
Venue
Date
2011-10-15
Final Day
2011-10-20
Buy In
€10,400
Entrants
593
Prize Pool
€5,692,800
First Prize
€1,400,000

Event Winner

Player Prize Money
1 Elio Fox 0
2 Chris Moorman 0
3 Moritz Kranich 0
4 Brian Roberts 0
5 Dermot Blain 0

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