So close and still no cigar for actress and poker player Jennifer Tilly. Going into day 4 of the L.A. Poker Classic, Tilly was third in chips and as the day progressed she at one point was the chip leader with around one million in chips, when the average was 327.000. Big names were sent to the rail, among them Bryn Kenney, Jason Mercier, Eugene Katchalov, Greg Merson and Matthew Waxman.
Tilly’s decline started when she clashed with Josh Neufeld. Neufeld raises under the gun to 26,000, and Jennifer Tilly called from the button. The flop came , Neufeld bet 30,000, Tilly raised to 90,000, and Neufeld called. The turn was the , Neufeld checked, Tilly bet 150,000, and Neufeld called.
The river was the , and Neufeld bet out 450,000. Tilly tanked for a while before calling, and Neufeld turned over for a rivered set of kings. Tilly mucked in frustration, and Neufeld won the pot. Tilly’s body language implied that she had the best hand on the turn, but the call on the river knocked her all the way down to 71,000 in chips (5 bb).
After doubling up with pocket tens, Tilly was soon all in again from the small blind holding . Chris Moorman called from the big blind with . The board came , and Moorman flopped an eight-high straight to win the pot and eliminate Jennifer Tilly in 22nd place. For her effort Tilly collected $42,550, while the most successful online poker player of all time Chris Moorman went on to win his first major live title, beating Glenn Lefaye heads-up.