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John Moran Wins The Season 32 January $10,000 Monthly Championship

On what was a beautiful “Spring” day, a record number of players came to the VFW in Walpole for their chance at not only a piece of the $10,000 prize pool, but also a “Wild Card” seat into the Season 32 Finals.

Two hundred fourteen (214) players came and John Moran from the Greater Lowell region stands at the top victorious.

John started this Final Table seventh in chips.

He started the Final Table with button, which he thought was lucky because he was hoping for a few people to get knocked out when we reached the Top 8. “The players in my region (Greater Lowell) would say that I folded my way to the Final Table”.

When the dust settled, he saw himself playing heads-up with the chip leader Mike Frias. Frias had a 4-1 chip lead when play started.

They battled for about 30 minutes before the fireworks started. John took half of Mike’s stack in one hand when his Ace/Ten held again Frias’s King/Nine in a limped pot. Now John had the advantage.

Three hands later, once again a limped pot (Blinds were 80,000/160,000), the flop was A♦ 5♦ 8♦. Mike checked, John made a small bet which made Mike shove all-in. John thought about it and made the call showing Q♦ 3♣.

Mike showed 6♦ 4♦ for a flush and John with a higher flush draw.

The turn was the 2♦ which now gives John the higher flush but Mike still had outs for a straight flush draw.

The river was the J♣ which sealed the tournament for John.


One side note: three players from this Final Table have a “Double Stack” for the Season Finals. First time ever that has happened for ANY SEASON.

We will be back here again on March 11th for the next $10,000 Monthly. Hope to you see you then!

Players:  214
Name Region
1st* John Moran GL $2,500.00
2nd * Mike Frias SC $1,650.00
3rd * Mark Brennan GL $1,200.00
4th * Ben Bray CM $800.00
5th * Honey Savage RI $600.00
6th * Basil Congro CH $500.00
7th * Zach DaSilva SC $450.00
8th * Arthur Fluette RI $400.00
9th Crystal Pimental GL $350.00
10th Johnny Hernadez SM $250.00
11th John McDougall RI $250.00
12th Joseph Harvey RI $250.00
13th Cameron McBean NS $200.00
14th Radenez Lopez SC $200.00
15th Ron Scott CH $200.00
16th Kourtney Sims RI $200.00
 * Wild Card Seat into Season 32 Finals*
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  • Congrats Y’ALL…sorry i ‘missed this month and I’ll see you in the next!!!!