Noori, who infamously lost a prop bet about whether he could eat $1,000 worth of fast food in March 2017, defeated a massive field of 3,520 entries to secure a career-best score of $610,437. He defeated Ryan Leng heads-up to deny Leng his second bracelet of the series, third of the year and fourth of his career.
Leng earned $377,220 for his runner-up finish and jumps into the top 60 of the Card Player Player of the Year race. Noori earned added 1,100 points to his own cause in that same race.
Before his massive score, Noori’s largest tournament cash was $74,634 from his fourth-place finish in the $1,500 no-limit hold’em/pot-limit Omaha mix event at the 2016 WSOP. After his win on Tuesday night, Noori’s career tournament earnings jumped to $1.345 million.
“I feel pretty good. I’m still kind of in shock,” said Noori to WSOP live reporters after the win. “The heads-up match went really quick, I’m still processing it and going through it. I had two huge coolers that went my way so I was fortunate enough to win the bracelet today.”
The fourth and final day of the freezeout event 24 players still vying for gold and Jaesh Balachandran leading the way, with Leng right behind him.
Despite the three tables worth of players, it only took about four hours of play to get down to the unofficial final table of 10, and only about an orbit before Balachandran was out in 10th to leave the final nine players at the final table.
Although the start-of-day chip leader technically fell short of a final table, Leng was still in contention for the lead, second behind only Mordechai Hazan.
Anthony Ortega, who was sitting eighth out of nine in chips, was on the wrong end of a cold deck to go out in ninth when he ran pocket kings into Christopher Andler’s pocket aces. There was no miracle two-outer and Ortega earned $64,490 for his efforts.
Johan Schumacher busted in eighth after he got all in preflop with A6 against Rafael Reis’ 66. Schumacher flopped a gutshot straight draw but couldn’t hit it. He hit the rail as Reis took his turn atop the chip counts.
Daniel Fortier was the next to go when he shoved all in from the cutoff with Q10 and ran into Hazan’s KK. Fortier never had a sweat as the board came 865K10 and was gone in seventh.
Fortier’s departure left a clear divide in chips as Leng, who was third in chips had nearly double the amount that Andler was sitting with in fourth. At this point Noori was the clear short stack, but picked up some chips in non-showdown pots and then doubled through Hazan to trail only Reis.
Noori was all in preflop with 77 and was in bad shape against Hazan’s JJ. The flop was 987, however, which gave Noori a set and the best hand. The turn and river were no help for either player and for the first time, Noori was in contention for the lead, neck-and-neck with Reis.
Reis, however, was then on the wrong end of a cooler to lose the chip lead. He flopped the second nut straight with K9 on a QJ10 flop in a limped pot against Leng’s AK. The flop was checked through, Reis bet and called a raise on the 8 turn card and check-called a big bet on the 9 river from Leng.
Leng picked up pocket kings a couple hands later and sent Hazan packing in sixth after Hazan moved all in with KQ. Leng continued steamrolling the final table when he won a flip with AK against Charlie Dawson’s 88 to eliminate Dawson in fifth and have more than half of the chips in play with four players left.
Leng only extended the lead from there and had at least a 6-to-1 chip advantage over everyone else at the table.
Noori eliminated both Andler in fourth and Reis in third, however, which put a huge dent in that lead. At the start of heads-up, one double up would have completely reversed the chip counts and given Noori a 2-to-1 advantage.
And that’s exactly what happened. Noori flopped a straight against Leng’s top two pair, which put him in the lead for good. Noori finished off Leng when he picked off a semi-bluff. Leng floated a flop bet and check-raised all in on the turn on a board of 10647 with K8.
Noori quickly called the shove and turned over QQ. The river was the 7, which gave Noori his bracelet and largest career score.
Final Table Results:
|3||Rafael Marcondes Reis||$288,101||880|
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