– General Information –
Chris Moorman is a British professional poker player. He was born on July 12, 1985 in the United Kingdom. He currently still resides in his home country, in Essex.
He’s best known for holding the record for the most money won on online MTT’s until being taken over by Peter “Belabacsi” Traply in June 2019. He has over $16.5 million in online poker tournament cashes combined as of the writing for his article. His screen name is moorman1 on PokerStars and Full Tilt, the sites where he earned the most of his money on. He plays in various other online poker rooms. In addition, he’s seen some live tournament success as well. He has a WSOP bracelet and a World Poker Tour title to his name.
– Key Career Dates –
- 2006: He cashes in his first online poker tournament.
- 2011: He comes in 2nd in the WSOP Europe Main Event. Had he won, he would have gotten the WSOP Player of the Year title.
- 2013: He reaches $10 million in online MTT earnings.
- 2017: He wins his first WSOP gold bracelet in the $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed event for $498,682.
- 2018: He reaches $15 million in online MTT earnings.
– Chris Moorman’s Career –
→ Beginnings ←
Moorman graduated from the University of Essex with a degree in Economics. He started playing online poker in his sophomore year in college. By the time he got his diploma he was making a steady income from poker, so much so that he was able to pay off his student loan and save up $70,000 in his bank account. His PocketFives profile dates his first online MTT cash to July 2006 when he came in 5th in a $216 NLHE tournament for $13,062 on the now defunct poker site Full Tilt.
As he was growing his bankroll he decided to diversify his poker income by staking other players. That, however, turned out to be a bad move according to Moorman himself.
His former roommate Steven Holloway quotes him in a piece for the New Zealand Herald: “It [staking other players] got to the point where my poker didn’t matter. I remember winning a tournament for over $100k on a Sunday and losing money on the day. It was a bit out of control – I was investing so much more into other people than myself. Good or bad days weren’t determined by me, but other people.”
Then, in 2011, the infamous Black Friday events took place in the United States – the Department of Justice shut down the biggest poker sites due to illegal fund mismanagements by the owners. Moorman decided to focus more on live tournaments in response. But, of course, he never fully abandoned his true expertise, online poker tournaments.
→ Live Tournaments ←
Moorman has stated in interviews that he originally struggled with the transition from online poker to live poker. It seems, however, that he eventually “got by” since he has $5.681 million in live tournament earnings to his name. His Hendon page shows 111 individual cashes over the course of 11 years. His first comes from the 2008 World Series of Poker.
The first time he made a 6-figure cash was during the 2011 Aussie Millions. He got 7th place in the A$10,000 Main Event for $173,000 (A$175,000). A year later, in 2012 he won the first major live tournament of his career, the €2,000 EPT event in Madrid for $27,615. Moorman also took down another major title, the World Poker Tour LA Poker Classic Main Event for $1,015,460 two years later.
His other major accomplishments include a runner-up finish in the €10,000 8-Max European Poker Tour event in 2012 (winning $189,824); and a 3rd place in the €1,000 NLHE event from the 2016 EPT in Barcelona ($271,187).
— Chris Moorman (@Moorman1) June 4, 2018
→ World Series of Poker ←
While most people know Chris Moorman for his online poker records, he deserves recognition for his amazing WSOP results as well. While he only has won one bracelet, he has cashed 45 other times at the World Series and 2 more times in WSOP Europe events for over $3 million combined.
His first cash is from the 2008 World Series, he came in 124th for $4,045 in the $2,000 NLHE event. That is also his first live ITM finish in his Hendon page.
In 2011 he came very close to becoming the WSOP Player of the Year. The World Series gives out the PoY award each year according to an ROI-based point system. All Moorman had to do was to win either of the big events he came in second in, the $10,000 6-Handed championship or the WSOP Europe Main Event. Although he came very close, he lost heads-up in both of them so the “MVP” title went to Ben Lamb instead. Still, Moorman pocketed $716,282 and €800,000 for those to results, respectively, so he could not have been too disappointed about it. The WSOPE Main Event 2nd place finish is his biggest payday to date – €800,000 equaled to $1,068,690 at the time.
His only bracelet is for a victory in the $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed event from the 2017 World Series which earned him $498,682.
→ Live Cash Games ←
Moorman has never played live cash games on big poker shows. He did appear on PokerGO’s Poker After Dark, a show that usually streams live cash games, but he played a $10,000 Sit&Go instead.
PokerNews once reported on a cash game hand he played against David Tuchman at the 888poker Live in London event in 2018.
→ Online Poker ←
Evidently, Chris Moorman is mostly known for his record breaking online tournament results. He has played under a number of different accounts on various sites. He’s been the most lucrative on PokerStars and Full Tilt, both under the screen name Moorman1. He’s amassed over $7.8 million in winnings on the Stars account and over $3.8 million on Full Tilt. He’s also played on America’s Card Room, Bwin, partypoker, 888.com and in a few smaller online poker rooms as well.
In September 2013, he became the first player ever to cross the $10 million line in online MTT earnings. Winning a $215 tourney for $9,500 on partypoker is what put him over the edge. In July 2018, he reached another landmark – he became the first person to win $15 million in online poker tournaments. He did it “in style” once again, finishing first in a $500 event on WSOP.com under a lesser known screen name of his, “Robotbob47“. He won $16,929 that day, enough to go over $15 million total.
His biggest single cash he got online was for finishing 3rd in a $1K buy-in $2 million GTD Full Tilt tournament in 2011 – he won $235,592.
His other big scores include a second place in the a $300 FTOPS (Full Tilt Online Poker Series) event for $204,000 from 2009, an 8th place in the SCOOP (Spring Championship of Online Poker) Main Event for $112,950 from 2009 on PokerStars, and a victory at a $240 Sunday Brawl on Full Tilt for $109,620 from 2010.
In November 2020, he took down the $525 buy-in High Roller MILLION$ on Natural8-GGNetwork, and bagged $251,828. He had to fight his way through tens of thousands of players on his way to victory.
In June 2019, he was taken over on the online MTT all-time money list by Peter “Belabacsi” Traply after the Hungarian pro decided to make his PocketFives profile public. Since then, Sweden’s Niklas “Lena900” Astedt has jumped on top and Moorman is #3 on the list.
→ Sponsorships ←
In 2017, the British poker pro was signed as an ambassador for 888.com. He plays under the moniker “888Moorman” on their site.
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→ Scandals ←
There isn’t anything that Moorman has done that can be described as a “scandal”.
He has released two books, one strategy and one autobiographical. Any time a major player publishes a strategy book these days will face some criticism since there’s so many of them out there already.
– Chris Moorman on Social Media –
Twitter: https://twitter.com/moorman1 28,000 followers Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/moorman1/ 7,700 subscribers Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/1moorman1/ 4,000 subscribers