Adrian Moreno capped an emotional few days with the biggest win of his career by taking down Event #74 The Little One for One Drop at the World Series of Poker. He takes home the prized bracelet in the $1,111 buy-in NLHE tournament in addition to the $528,316 winning amount.

Adrian Moreno Wins The Little One for One Drop

Moreno came into the tournament after the recent loss of a dear friend. In fact, he was at the said friend’s funeral shortly before the tournament began, and understandably dedicated the win to his lost friend. “It was pretty rough for me,” Moreno said. “I lost one of my best friends and flew home for the funeral. Then I flew right back to play the tournament. I dedicated my whole day, my whole tournament to him.”

Moreno’s roller-coaster of a ride included other feats too. Besides overcoming a mighty field of 4,319 entries, he started the final day in 11th position, out of 12 remaining players. His short stack at the beginning of play on the final day only emphasises the magnitude of his effort to victory.

Having trailed the rest of the pack early on, Moreno gradually made his way up in the stacks. “I decided to play it like a sit-and-go. Just let people get out and move up. Then pick my spots,” he said.

Matt Berkey, the chip leader at the start of play, looked the most likely to bag the bracelet on account of his huge lead, but eventually finished third for $240,588.

After Berkley’s elimination, Moreno trailed Martin Lesjoe’s stack in the initial stages of heads-up play. However, he surpassed yet another hurdle as he first claimed the chip lead and then knocked out his opponent to win the tournament.

Final Table Results:

Place Player Prize
1 Adrian Moreno $528,316
2 Martin Lesjoe $326,314
3 Matt Berkey $240,588
4 Jimmy Guerrero $178,764
5 Richard Dixon $133,868
6 Giuseppe Pantaleo $101,041
7 Ricardo Ramos $76,871
8 Samuel Vonkennel $58,953
9 Alexandros Papadopoulos $45,578

Akash Malik finishes 77th

Indian ace Akash Malik finished 77th in the same tournament and took home $5,500 for his efforts. After successfully navigating the first 2 days of the tournament, Malik was knocked out by Roman Valerstein on Day 3. Malik moved all in with  and got a call from Valerstein who had a much superior stack. Malik’s cards failed to hold up against Valerstein’s  who made a set on the flop.

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