On Friday night the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas was partying while 888poker ambassador Chris Moorman, the best online tournament player in history, was wearing his first WSOP bracelet.
It could not come at a better time than when 888poker sponsors the WSOP for the third year in a row. The 31-year-old, who had finished second in several events in 2011, topped 959 players in event 27, $ 3,000 No Limit Hold’em 6max, to win $ 498,682.
The victory has taken Moorman’s winnings to more than five million dollars, which has placed him eighth on the list of England’s biggest winners. This without taking into account the more than fourteen million won online.
“It’s amazing,” said Moorman. “Every time you win a live tournament, it really looks like. Most of my successes have been online, when I lived in the UK and played all night. The same thing won a tournament and it was five or six in the morning, and there I was alone, maybe talking to my friends on Skype, and the money appeared in your account. You do not see the physical money, you do not have anyone to celebrate it. I do not know, it’s an incredible feeling when you win live. “
Cheering Moorman were several of his friends and poker professionals such as Niall Farrell, Maria Ho and Marvin Rettenmaier, among others.
Moorman overcomes a tough final table
Winning a bracelet is not a simple mission, and Moorman had to overcome a tough final table that included Steve Sung and Michael “Gags” Gagliano, both winners of WSOP bracelets. They finished fourth and third, respectively, which left a final hand between Moorman and the Brazilian Bernardo Da Silveira Dias, who played the first WSOP final table of his life. However, when asked, Moorman acknowledged that the time when everything changed was much earlier.
“The ace-king against Steve Sung’s jacks,” Moorman acknowledged when asked about the key moment. “It came out on the river. If I lose that hand I’m out. I had the luck to win there. “
The hand he referred to was the second of the final table with the blinds at 25,000 / 50,000 (5,000). Sung opened to 115,000 from the cutoff with J ♥ J ♠ and Moorman put a third on the button to 325,000 with A ♥ K ♠. The blinds were thrown and Sung made the fourth to a million.
Moorman responded with a fifth all-in bet and he had a giant flip ahead. Moorman did not get anything on the flop 5 ♣ 2 ♠ 3 ♠ or on the turn 5 ♠, but one of his outs appeared with A ♦ on the river. Moorman would end Sung twenty-six hands later with a pair of ladies who held against ace-seven suited.
Moorman came to the final hand with a big chip lead, but it took almost a hundred hands to finish with Dias. In what would be the last hand of the tournament, the 132 of the final table, Dias went all-in with K ♣ 10 ♠ and Moorman called with A ♦ K ♥ . At the table they went 5 ♦ 8 ♣ 8 ♠ Q ♠ 9 ♣ and Moorman’s fans went crazy.
Moorman continues to improve his online curriculum
This victory marks the entrance in prizes number 21 in the WSOP during the race of Moorman and its fifth final table. His best results were second in the main event of the WSOP Europe for € 800,000. Also his second place in the 10,000 $ 6max event of the 2011 WSOP by 716,282, clearly handled in the tables of six.
Another great triumph of Moorman was to impose 534 players to take the WPT in the LA Poker Classic of 2014 with a prize of $ 1,015,460.
“The series has just started, there are still many events,” Moorman tells PokerNews. “I’ve already made three boxes, including this one, and I feel good and confident, I hope it makes another final table, and if not, some other British he will do and I can be encouraging him in the stands, and I would feel just as happy “.
To continue the search for your second bracelet at the WSOP 2017, follow him on Twitter. If you know English, you can read his new book: Moorman: The Story of the Most Successful Online Poker Player of All Time, available next month online and at the WSOP.
Results of the final table
- Chris Moorman (Benfleet, United Kingdom) 498., 682 $
- Bernardo Da Silveira Dias (Brazil) $ 308,166
- Michael Gagliano (Rockaway, NJ) $ 210,139
- Steve Sung (Torrance, CA) $ 145,634
- John Gorsuch (Woodbridge, VA) $ 102,605
- Max Silver (London, United Kingdom) $ 73,510
- Morten Mortensen (Copenhagen, Denmark) $ 53,569