Everyone has heard of the biggest names in the online cash game world, with players like Isildur1 having gone down in history. The names of Shaun Deeb and Chris Moorman are a little less famous, but their successes are no less impressive, with both men having been relentless winners in tournaments over the years. This week, they have been doing what they do best – winning tournaments. While Chris Moorman was busy taking down a Powerfest event, Shaun Deeb was claiming his fifth WCOOP title. With stories of retirement coming from other former top pros, these two champions continue to reign.
Great summer for Shaun Deeb
Two WSOP Bracelets
Shaun Deeb is quickly becoming one of the most prolific tournament players to compete at the highest level, live and online. This summer saw him take down a Hold’em Big Blind Ante, defeating a field of 355 to win $814,179 and the $25K PLO event with 230 runners to claim another $1,402,683. These victories take his career tally of WSOP bracelets to four.
2018 WSOP POY?
Deeb now sits in pole position in the WSOP Player of the Year race, with the WSOPE still to come in Rozvadov in October. He has 4,334 points and is being chased down by Ben Yu (3,746), Joe Cada (3,531) and John Hennigan (3,499). The Player of the Year race has become a more important part of the series in recent years, and Deeb has already stated his desire to join the club of players who have won the accolade.
To further underline the importance of Player of the Year to Deeb, he was seen running back and forth across the floor of the Rio during the summer while multi tabling events to try and maximise his points haul.
When asked about the moment he started thinking about winning Player of the Year he said “It was actually the first week when I had six or seven cashes. I hadn’t even looked at the formula. I knew that I had to be up there before seeing it was so top heavy. I was going deep in everything”.
He went on to state his dislike of the schedule for WSOPE Rozvadov and how he hoped to have the title locked up in the summer, so he could skip that festival. But, with Yu, Cada and Hennigan still hot on his heels, Deeb now seems likely to make the trip.
5 WCOOP titles
Just a couple of months later his latest live exploits, and Deeb now has a fifth career WCOOP title too. This is the second time he wins a WCOOP Title on a September 8th, the birthday of his son “Chance”. He defeated a field of 192 players to win the $1,050 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo for just over $38,000. This is the latest in a growing list of career titles in COOP festivals for the American pro.
Chris Moorman continues to crush
Having picked up his first WSOP bracelet last summer, Team 888poker pro Chris Moorman remains very active both online, and live.
This week, Moorman has of course been busy, with two online tournament festivals currently underway. Predictably, he has picked up yet another victory. The $215 6-Max PKO Powerfest event saw Moorman add another $29,400 to his online cashes when he overcame a field of 962 players. Incredibly, he also finished 5th out of 1,876 players in the medium buy in level of the same event, which played out simultaneously.
These were just the latest in a succession of online triumphs for Chris Moorman.
$15 Millions in earnings
Chris Moorman has had an illustrious online career over the years, and a few weeks ago he crossed a very symbolic milestone: $15 million in online earnings. To put this in perspective, he is almost $3.5 million clear of his nearest rival. He has been the number 1 ranked PocketFives player in the world at various points, most recently in 2014, and although his ranking has slipped lately, he still appears to have the remarkable ability to go very deep in tournaments an unusually high percentage of the time.
29 Triple Crowns
Won Triple Crown #29 in one Tuesday session. Hope that #30 will be extra special by shipping EPT Barca main next week to complete the live version #grindgrindgrind #DreamBig #888poker pic.twitter.com/lYujvosCUX
— Chris Moorman (@Moorman1) August 22, 2018
The online Triple Crown award is given to any player on Pocket Fives who can win three tournaments across three different networks with a $10,000 or above prize pool, in the space of a week. Chris Moorman holds the all-time record for most online Triple Crowns with an astonishing 29. His latest one was earned just a few weeks ago.
His nearest challenger, ‘PokerKaiser’ has 21, with ‘Belabacsi’ trailing in 3rd with 11.
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Article by Craig Bradshaw