Jordan Westmorland has won the Melbourne Poker Championships Main Event and a first prize of $177,563 after outlasting a field of 471 players for the title.
The adopted Aussie, who has become a regular fixture on the local Australian circuit after moving here in 2014 from the US – via a brief stopover in Thailand – in the wake of Black Friday, secured his biggest live career victory after doing a deal heads-up with fellow pro Michael Egan.
It wasn’t Westmorland’s largest live score to date – that came with a third-place finish at EPT San Remo five years ago for US$300,000 – but it is one he’ll remember for a long time.
Coming into the final table sitting sixth in chips and with less than a quarter of the stack of chip leader Sam Korman, the affable American also faced a particularly tough final table featuring the likes of Egan, Ash Gupta, Tam Truong and Ken Demlakian. But he didn’t look back after scoring an early double – eventually entering heads-up with Egan just about level in chips before taking down the title after the two agreed to a deal. Egan took home $175,838 for his runner-up finish.