Chris Moorman on the cover of the World Poker Tour Magazine
By Steve Beauregard
Chris Moorman is the ferocious, but likeable, online poker star is one of (if not THE), most successful online tournament poker player in the history of the game.
The young Brit has amassed over $10 million in online tournament winnings, over $4 million more in live tournament winnings, countless millions in cash games, and has appeared on the cover of numerous poker magazines.
Born in England on July 12, 1985, Chris displayed a natural talent at cards early in life, become a top-rated U.K. bridge player at the age of 11.
He later became very skilled at pool, competing at a high level in college. It was there, at the University of Essex, where Moorman first discovered poker. (He was studying Economics at the time).
Like many online poker superstars, Moorman cut his teeth in the online game, by playing free tournaments. A second place in a free tourney that paid him $70 really helped build his interest in the game.
Soon after, Moorman would grind a lot of online cash games, but says his biggest first tournament score was in a Sunday Full Tilt Poker tournament, when he finished in 5th place for what he remembers as being around $13,000 – a huge sum for him at the time.
In addition to his incredibly successful track record, Chris Moorman is known for his legendary work ethic, seemingly to never pass up a game or prominent tournament on the tour. He has said he doesn’t drink or smoke while playing.
Chris at the 2012 World Series of Poker
His longevity and consistency in the game during, and after the poker boom is rare these days, where the “hot new thing” flashes upon the poker scene, only the burn out just as quickly.
Chris travels the poker tournament circuit non-stop, living out of suitcase, but says his love of the game counteracts the nuisances of travel. He has told interviewers that live tournaments are much more emotionally and mentally taxing than online tournaments – partly because online, you can quickly and easily find another tourney to enter.
Chris Moorman Poker Tournament Winnings
Moorman, an online Multi-table tournament legend, was the first player to win over $10 million in online poker tournaments. He now has over $11 million in tourney winnings – and that’s just counting online tournaments.
Although he had numerous six figure cashes online, his first big score on the live tournament scene came on January 23, 2011, when his 7th place in the Aussie Millions Main Event netted the Brit $173,079. This would mark the start of an incredible live tourney year for the online hot shot.
A few months after that first six-figure live score, he would make his first WSOP final table, finishing 3rd in the $2,500 6 handed NL event, good for $271,000.
He nearly won his first bracelet in the $10,000 6 handed NL event, finishing second, and collecting a check for $716,000.
Another heartbreakingly close WSOP bracelet would come a few months after that, at the WSOP Europe Main Event in Cannes, when Moorman finished runner-up again. His 2nd place finish in the 10,000 Euro buy-in event was his first seven figure live score, as he took home $1,068,690.
In keeping with his string of second place WSOP finishes, Moorman finished the year in second place in the race for 2011 World Series of Poker Player of the Year, right behind Ben Lamb.
His post 2011 WSOP was consistent, if not ground-breaking. Although he had a couple of near six-figure scores in EPT events, and another WSOP final table to his name, up until recently, Moorman did not have a major tournament win to his name.
All that changed in sunny Southern California in March of 2014, when Chris was able to outlast a field of 534 runners to win the 2014 World Poker Tour (WPT) LA Poker Classic.
The $1,015,000 in winnings was nice, but shaking the “he can’t win a prestigious tournament” monkey off his back had to have some value as well.
In 2013, Chris was invited to play in the NBC Heads Up Championships at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. After defeating Carlos Mortensen in the first round, Chris lost to Daniel Cates (aka “Jungleman”) in the round of 32 players.
He says that recently, he’s put a lot of effort into developing his PLO (Pot Limit Omaha) game, and says that his worst game is Seven card Stud 8 or Better.
His screen name is “Moorman1” on PokerStars, FullTilt and other poker sites. In addition to poker, he says he loves living and playing in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, world travel, and roller coasters.
Chris Moorman’s Twitter Handler and Blog
Chris is active on social media. He tweets at @Moorman1 and his official website and blog can be found at: ChrisMoorman.com.
In March of 2014, Chris Moorman proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Katie Lindsay from West Hollywood, California.