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Bracelet wait ends for Jordan Morgan

6/30/2014

Those who have followed poker since the start of the boom know the name Jordan Morgan. They know that he finished second at the United States Poker Championships in 2006. They know that he's won circuit rings and made numerous runs on the WPT. They know that "IMsoLucky0" was an online icon. What they might not know is that despite his dedication to the craft and constant in-the-money appearances at the WSOP, he was bracelet-less until Event 44 of the 2014 World Series of Poker. Morgan earned $478,192 and his first piece of WSOP jewelry in the $1,500 no-limit event that featured a field of 1,914.

"It's validation to win," Morgan said to the WSOP. "I've been coming here for 10 years. It's great to finally get the bracelet that I've always wanted."

Morgan, celebrating his ninth wedding anniversary, fended off Evan McNiff after a seven-hour heads-up battle that ran into an unplanned fourth day of the tournament. The break at the end of Day 3 provided Morgan with some much-needed time to evaluate the situation and his key to victory lied within his ability to adjust at the end of the battle.

"I've played a lot of heads-up poker, so for me this was a game of adjustments," he said. "[Evan] adjusted really well pretty quickly. Then it took me a while to adjust back... We were playing a game where the other guy ... knew what the other was doing, so we had respect for each other. A lot of minor changes back and forth can make a big difference."

Since Black Friday, Morgan hasn't played extensively and has traveled only a limited basis to play online. This was his first event of the 2014 WSOP.

Other notable finishers included Randall Flowers (22nd), Harrison Gimbel (32nd), Yevgeniy Timoshenko (34th) and Loni Harwood (37th).

Below are the complete results of Event 44 at the 2014 World Series of Poker:

Event 44: No-limit hold 'em
Buy-in: $1,500
Entries: 1,914
Prize pool: $2,583,900
Players in the money: 198

1. Jordan Morgan ($478,102)
2. Evan McNiff ($295,727)
3. Jason Johnson ($204,464)
4. Ray Foley ($147,463)
5. Bryan Dillon ($107,800)
6. Robert Chorlian ($79,842)
7. Joseph Iarussi ($59,920)
8. Ryan Spittles ($45,554)
9. Michael Anselm ($35,063)
10. Brandon Ageloff ($27,337)
11. Mark Wilds ($27,337)
12. Vinny Pahuja ($27,337)
13. Roberto Romanello ($21,575)
14. Alexander Zeligman ($21,575)
15. Justin Conley ($21,575)
16. Aditya Agarwal ($17,234)
17. Brian Haas ($17,234)
18. Julien Fauteux ($17,234)
19. Zachary Humphrey ($13,953)
20. Michael Lehr ($13,953)
21. Salim Zakhem ($13,953)
22. Randal Flowers ($13,953)
23. Victor Lemos ($13,953)
24. Peter Apicelli ($13,953)
25. Steven Firestone ($13,953)
26. Robert Georato ($13,953)
27. Gary Sewell ($13,953)
28. Mark Reinhardt ($11,420)
29. Todd Rodgers ($11,420)
30. Kanzuki Ikeuchi ($11,420)
31. Talesh Patel ($11,420)
32. Harrison Gimbel ($11,420)
33. Joshua Evans ($11,420)
34. Yevgeniy Timoshenko ($11,420)
35. Hector Marquez ($11,420)
36. Shaun Hart ($11,420)
37. Loni Harwood ($9,457)
38. Pablo Fernandez Campo ($9,457)
39. Jonas Phillips ($9,457)
40. David Martirosyan ($9,457)
41. Andy Phan ($9,457)
42. Matthew Kozole ($9,457)
43. Jesse Cohen ($9,457)
44. Nathaen Blankenship ($9,457)
45. Jessica Ngu ($9,457)
46. Michael Shelton ($7,932)
47. Tarek Yammin ($7,932)
48. Louis Laxineta ($7,932)
49. Malachy Hagan ($7,932)
50. Thomas Muehloecker ($7,932)
51. Nghia Tran ($7,932)
52. Roberto Lifschitz ($7,932)
53. Kiet Tran ($7,932)
54. Van Tran ($7,932)
55. Jerimiah Cannaday ($6,718)
56. Sanjay Gehi ($6,718)
57. John Corr ($6,718)
58. Barry Greenstein ($6,718)
59. Vinicus Teixeira De Silva ($6,718)
60. Bao Dao ($6,718)
61. Tod Terlesky ($6,718)
62. Gabriel Blumenthal ($6,718)
63. Kennii Nguyen ($6,718)
64. Michael Pettit ($5,762)
65. Fernando Diaz ($5,762)
66. Nilesh Choudhary ($5,762)
67. Rogen Chhabra ($5,762)
68. Shon Hanel ($5,762)
69. Gregory Fink ($5,762)
70. Theo Tran ($5,762)
71. Michael Aron ($5,762)
72. Tobias Ziegler ($5,762)
73. Justin Schwartz ($5,012)
74. Jacob Baumgartner ($5,012)
75. Kevin Buck ($5,012)
76. Max Silver ($5,012)
77. John Twyman ($5,012)
78. Ilya Nikiforov ($5,012)
79. Danny Smith ($5,012)
80. Jesse Capps ($5,012)
81. Owen Crowe ($5,012)
82. Eric Piderit ($4,392)
83. Trevor Pope ($4,392)
84. Frederick Ferrell ($4,392)
85. Ryan Tosoc ($4,392)
86. David Payne ($4,392)
87. Norman Tang ($4,392)
88. Andrew Shack ($4,392)
89. Samuel Gilbert ($4,392)
90. Tomas Junek ($4,392)
91. Keith Barrett ($3,927)
92. Alexander Jung ($3,927)
93. Manelic Minaya ($3,927)
94. Keith Block ($3,927)
95. Christian Jeppsson ($3,927)
96. David Britchkow ($3,927)
97. Harry, Jr. Thomas ($3,927)
98. Mark Sykes ($3,927)
99. Sebastian Saffari ($3,927)
100. Kenny Nguyen ($3,514)
101. Men Nguyen ($3,514)
102. Andre Goldbaum ($3,514)
103. Jake Balsiger ($3,514)
104. Joe Serock ($3,514)
105. Christopher Riley ($3,514)
106. Ardit Kurshumi ($3,514)
107. Brian Lamkin ($3,514)
108. Brett Murray ($3,514)
109. Connor Drinan ($3,514)
110. Ronnie Smith ($3,514)
111. Ryan Julius ($3,514)
112. Christopher Bridgford ($3,514)
113. Thomas Feldmann ($3,514)
114. Pfizer Jordan ($3,514)
115. Andrew Hills ($3,514)
116. Javier Fernandez ($3,514)
117. Ylon Schwartz ($3,514)
118. Alex Benjamen ($3,514)
119. Ellie Biessek ($3,514)
120. David Woo ($3,514)
121. Jason Wheeler ($3,514)
122. Himmaphoum Bounthinh ($3,514)
123. Artem Metalidi ($3,514)
124. Victor Ramdin ($3,514)
125. Aditya Sushant ($3,514)
126. Nick Yunis ($3,514)
127. Dwayne Vetter ($3,178)
128. David Barrett ($3,178)
129. Alex Goulder ($3,178)
130. Shawn Buchanan ($3,178)
131. Ariel Celestino ($3,178)
132. Albert De Arostegui ($3,178)
133. Eric Ladny ($3,178)
134. Todd Schell ($3,178)
135. Jackie Glazier ($3,178)
136. Aditya Prasetyo ($3,178)
137. Jason Hallee ($3,178)
138. Kathleen Vranek ($3,178)
139. John Magee ($3,178)
140. Robert Reisner ($3,178)
141. Bijon Notash ($3,178)
142. Tristan Wade ($3,178)
143. Svetlozar Nestorov ($3,178)
144. Bruno Kawauti ($3,178)
145. Tony Cousineau ($3,178)
146. Raymond Ayala ($3,178)
147. David Burns ($3,178)
148. Knut Berntsen ($3,178)
149. David Diaz ($3,178)
150. Grantland Hillman ($3,178)
151. Patrick Braga ($3,178)
152. Ramon Asse ($3,178)
153. Jeff Madsen ($3,178)
154. Steven Klein ($3,178)
155. Peter Hengsakul ($3,178)
156. Young Phan ($3,178)
157. Jeremy Menard ($3,178)
158. Michael Campbell ($3,178)
159. Luca Moschitta ($3,178)
160. Edward Holyoke ($3,178)
161. William Hill ($3,178)
162. Justin Mcwilliams ($3,178)
163. Christopher Kastler ($2,919)
164. David Gonia ($2,919)
165. Brent Sheirbon ($2,919)
166. Allard Broedelet ($2,919)
167. Jason Clarke ($2,919)
168. Orez Mokedi ($2,919)
169. John Strzemp ($2,919)
170. James Woods ($2,919)
171. Fokke Beukers ($2,919)
172. Jeff Norman ($2,919)
173. Julian Parmann ($2,919)
174. Phillip Delaney ($2,919)
175. Kenneth Kohl ($2,919)
176. Ray Milare ($2,919)
177. Stephen Sallot ($2,919)
178. Matthew Udoni ($2,919)
179. Jose Olegario ($2,919)
180. Joseph Elia ($2,919)
181. Milan Sasek ($2,919)
182. Thomas Mcteer ($2,919)
183. Ben Yu ($2,919)
184. Gary Asbell ($2,919)
185. Sofia Lovgren ($2,919)
186. Elton Beebe ($2,919)
187. Brian Yee ($2,919)
188. James Calderaro ($2,919)
189. Thomas Chinn ($2,919)
190. Stephen Maguire ($2,919)
191. Sebastien Didier ($2,919)
192. Everett Carlton ($2,919)
193. Paul Schmidt ($2,919)
194. Vache Agazaryan ($2,919)
195. Charlie Nguyen ($2,919)
196. Nicholas Heather ($2,919)
197. Casey Coughlan ($2,919)
198. Jeffrey Hurley ($2,919)