29 August 2022 (Tulsa, Oklahoma) - Arthur Morris finally got the monkey off his back and secured his first tournament victory after he navigated his way through a 646 entry-field to take home the lion's share of the $978,690 prize pool.
After a prize pool was calculated, 98 players were able to take a piece of it, but it was Arthur Morris who walked away with the lion's share, as he claimed Hard Rock Tulsa’s $1,700 Main Event title that came with a $182,379 top prize, and a seat into the 2023 Tournament of Champions.
“Its been a long time coming,” stated Morris after his victory, “I’ve been playing for 17 years so it feels really good,” added Morris.
The victory may have been a first for Morris, but his WSOP resume dating back to 2011 and over a half million in WSOP earnings, it was only a matter of time before he was able to seal the deal.
“I’ve had an outrageous amount of unofficial final tables this past year and it’s really tough to make it that deep with nothing really to show for it but I really feel now that I’m getting over that hump,” said Morris.
The road to victory was no easy task for Morris, after coming into the final day second in chips only to fall to the bottom of the counts, he kept his composure and continued to build moment until all the chips were in his possession.
“I’ve had so many people rooting for me throughout the year and I just want to thank all my family and friends, especially my wife Pauleen and son jack, I’m excited to go home and spend the next week with them.”
Final Table Results
1st Place: Arthur Morris - $182,379
2nd Place: Mike Cordell - $112,717
3rd Place: Cedrric Trevino - $82,737
4th Place: Blair Hinkle - $61,498
5th Place: Jessica Vierling - $46,294
6th Place: Danny Griffith - $35,300
7th Place: Maziar Monfared - $27,270
8th Place: Michael Marder - $21,346
9th Place: Jay Riley - $16,934
Day 3 Action
The final day of the Main Event saw four players return from Day 3, each guaranteed at least a $61,498 payday.
The action kicked right into gear in the very first hand after Blair Hinkle caught a double-up with pocket queens against Mike Cordell’s pocket tens.
While Hinkle got off to a hot start, it was the opposite for Morris after he came into the final day second in chips, he found himself at the bottom of the counts and had to survive two all-ins before he hit a three-outer to eliminate Hinkle in fourth place for $61,498.
Following Hinkle's exit was Cedrric Trevino, who jammed his stack in the middle with a made hand of tens and a flush draw, only to be called by Cordell holding top pair with an inferior flush draw. Trevino was unable to pair hit a spade or set on the river and his run ended in third place for $82,737.
Cordell took a 2:1 chip lead to the heads-up battle after elimination Trevino, but it didn’t faze Morris as he chipped away at Cordell until he held the 2:1 chip advantage.
The match didn’t make it through a full level after Cordell flopped trip eights and turned a king-high flush draw, he called off his remaining stack only to see Morris held the nut flush. The river gave Cordell the flush, but it was second best as he finished runner-up for $112,717.
That wraps up Main Event coverage on the tail end of an exciting and eventful WSOP Circuit stop a Hard Rock Tulsa! Make sure to tune in for our coverage of the Horseshoe Council Bluffs Main Event September 23rd-26th!