Chris Moorman is no longer a Lock Poker Elite Pro after deciding not to renew his contract with the struggling online poker site.
Moorman signed with Lock Poker in July 2011 and has been seen sporting Lock Poker patches at major live poker events around the world. However, with Lock Poker appearing to be in the middle of a financial crisis, Moorman has taken the decision not to renew his Lock Poker contract in an apparent attempt to distance himself from the goings on at the beleaguered online poker site.
Like many poker players in these times, Moorman took to the social media platform Twitter to inform his legion of fans about his decision to leave Lock Poker.
1/2 I have decided not to renew my contract with Lock. I sincerely hope Lock is able to overcome its current problems and...Follow @Moorman1
The “current problems” that Moorman mentions refer rumours circulating around the poker community that Lock Poker is about to go broke. These rumours have gathered pace and momentum by Lock Poker’s U.S customers having to wait upwards of five months for their withdrawals and its Rest of the World (ROW) customers waiting around three months.
Although it has never been confirmed by Moorman himself, UK & Ireland PokerNews has it on good authority that Moorman and possibly other Lock Poker Pros were forced to wait several months in order to receive their Lock Poker Pro perks, such as tournament buy-ins and other such benefits. This, coupled with the seemingly worsening financial situation at Lock Poker, seems to have forced Moorman’s arm.
There has been a positive reaction towards Moorman following his announcement, once such supportive comment came from the legendary Jesse May, who wrote:
@Moorman1 Stand-up man. Rather eat dust than seven stewed beans. I tip my hat.Follow @ScurrilousMay
Man of the moment, Paul “paulgees81” Volpe has also left Lock Poker with immediate effect, thanking them for the opportunity they gave him and, like Moorman, hoping the site can rectify its problems.
With the World Series of Poker just around the corner and Moorman almost certainly playing a full schedule of events, we wonder if any poker site will attempt to sign Moorman to their roster of pro players. Although sponsorship deals are not as easy to come by as they once were, Moorman’s $9.4 million in online tournament winnings are the most of any player ever so he is a one-of-a-kind player. Where’s IveyPoker.com when you need them?