Online crackerjack, Jordan ‘JWPRODIGY’ Westmorland, takes down the Melbourne Championships at the Crown Casino, beating Michael Egan, heads-up.
When Jordan Westmorland goes to war, he does so from a cockpit designed to take out the most talented online poker players on this psycho planet of ours.
Not this week.
This week, ‘JWPRODIGY’, grabbed his I.D and headed to the Crown Casino in Melbourne to dabble in a spot of live poker.
It worked out rather nicely.
Four hundred seventy snipers took a pot shot at Westmorland throughout the AUD 2,300 (USD 1,500) Melbourne Championships Main Event. Every single one of them missed its target, as the American pro banked the $177,563 first prize.
Despite $6.2m in gross profits ranking Westmorland as one of the most ruthless online assassins, his win in Melbourne ranks as the first live tournament win of his career. He now sits $50,000 below the $1m earnings mark.
It’s not Westmorland’s most significant score to date. That remains his third-place finish in the 2014 European Poker Tour (EPT) Main Event in San Remo for €213,850. He’s as happy in Melbourne as a Minotaur in a maze. It’s his third final table in the Crown Casino, this year, after finishing third in an Aussie Millions side event, and fifth in May’s Crown Poker Championship High Roller.
Michael Egan was the bridesmaid, and judging by the narrowness of gap between first and second (Egan collected $175,838), it seems the pair cut a deal. It’s not the first time Egan has stood in the shadows this year. In May, he finished 3/539 in the AUD 1,650 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event during the Crown Poker Championships. He also finished 3/37 in the Star Casino’s AUD 20,000 High Roller during the Star Sydney Championships.
Another player worthy of mention is Ash Gupta who finished eighth. Gupta won the 150-entrant AUD 1,100 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Max Shot-Cleck event for AUD 39,750.
Final table results
1. Jordan Westmorland $177,563
2. Michael Egan $175,838
3. Sam Korman – $84,005
4. Mingbao Yin – $63,730
5. Tam Truong – $46,350
6. Sam Ingham – $36,690
7. Vasken Demlakian – $28,970
8. Ash Gupta – $24,145
9. Rodney Maggas – $19,315
In other Melbourne Championship news: Ehsan Amiri won the 55-entrant, AUD 5,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em High Roller Shot-Clock Challenge for AUD 86,215. Dean McDowell won the 798-entrant AUD 300 buy-in Opening Event Accumulator for AUD 43,400. Ricky Vikas won the 397-entrant AUD 770 buy-in, No-Limit Hold’em DeepStack for AUD 63,920.