Top 10 UK Stories of 2011: #4, Chris Moorman Tears Up Live Arena, Finally
The first name that pops into the majority of poker players' heads when they are asked a question about online poker tournaments is Chris "Moorman1" Moorman. The name Moorman is synonymous with online poker, after all he is the biggest winner from online tournaments in the history of the game with more than $7,500,000 in cashes to his name. Until this year he had not managed to make the transition from online to live poker and he will be the first to admit that but 2011 was certainly the year to change all of that.
Between 2008-2010 Moorman only cashed for a total of $102,991 but he eclipsed that with his very first cash of 2011. In January he made it to the final table of the Aussie Millions Main Event, eventually finishing in seventh place for A$175,000 but he did not make it to the money in any live tournament until he flew out to Las Vegas for the 2011 World Series of Poker, and what a series he had.
First he went deep in the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em Championship coming 18/249 for $25,348 before finishing in 66/3,157 for $8,012 in a $1,500 "Donkament." Moorman then reached the final table of the $2,500 No Limit Hold'em Six-Handed event which attracted some of the world's best players. He busted out in third place for a then career-best score of $271,800 and this must have given him a confidence boost because from there he went on a massive tear.
A few days after the biggest win of his career he cashed in yet another WSOP event, the $5,000 Six handed Pot Limit Omaha tournament. Here he was the 11th place finisher in a 507 strong field, adding $30,024 to his bankroll and just a week later he hit the headlines again when he finished as runner-up to American Joe Ebanks in the $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Six Handed event bagging $716,282 in the process.
Shortly after that amazing WSOP where he cashed six times, reached two final tables and won $1,051,466 Moorman headed to Cannes for the WSOPE and although he only made it to the money in one of the events he did so in spectacular style. Moorman was one of three British players who made it to the WSOPE Main Event final table and he was also the last Brit standing, narrowly missing out on a bracelet for the second time when he finished as the runner-up to Elio Fox. This result saw him smash his personal best score as second place was worth €800,000 ($1,068,690).
These amazing results saw Moorman win $2,427,021 during 2011, come third in the WSOP Player of the Year race which any other year he would have won but Ben Lamb and Phil Hellmuth had unbelievable series' too, and finish in the top 10 in the Bluff Magazine and Card Player Magazine Player of the Year as well as being ranked in the top 10 tournament poker players by the Global Poker Index.
Can Moorman carry this form into 2012? We do not have long to wait to find out.