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.”
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.
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.