Chris Moorman signs deal with 888, Team Pokerstars shrinking

Online tournament legend signs for 888 Poker

Chris Moorman has been a constant feature near the top with $13 million in online cashes and over $4 million earned in the live arena. With the consistent stream of deep runs and big wins he posts, it is hard to argue against him as online poker’s greatest tournament player. As of yesterday, he is 888 Poker’s player too. Moorman announced the news via his twitter feed, describing himself as “so excited” to join the 888 team. He added: “Things like sponsoring the WSOP and the Super High Roller Bowl have shown they are committed to their growth of the brand and I can’t wait to see what they have coming up in the future.”

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Chris Moorman (Photo WPT)

Interestingly, the team of pros for 888 Poker is starting to look very impressive, with Dominik Nitsche, Kara Scott, Jeff Gross and Sofia Lovgren all signed up already. Moorman is surely one of the standout players of his generation and this news will be seen as a coup for 888 Poker, who appear to be making significant strides towards trying to rival online giant PokerStars.

PokerStars team steadily shrinking

In contrast, the last year or two has seen a once vast herd of sponsored PokerStars pros being noticeably thinned. Whether by the company deciding not to renew contracts, or the players deciding that they no longer wish to represent the brand, their team is looking quite different these days. First came some of the “old school” names such as Humberto Brenes, and Marcel Luske, who were soon followed by Vanessa Rousso, Victoria Coren Mitchell and Joe Cada.

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Isaac Haxton playing the Triton Super High Roller Series Cali Cup

More recently, players such as Ike Haxton have left due to personal differences with PokerStars, and other famous players have spoken out against changes made by the new owners. Eugene Katchalov also left the team not so long ago, and Alex “Kanu7” Millar added his name to the list too.

Whatever the individual, or company reasons for this sponsored pro exodus, one thing seems certain – there is quite a team pro contrast taking place between PokerStars and 888 Poker currently.

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Louis Hartwell

Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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