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Poker Prodigy Series – Chris Moorman

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Poker Prodigy Series Chris Moorman

It seems right and proper that the next installment of the Poker Prodigy Series takes a detailed look into the once online phenom, Chris Moorman.

How Did It Begin for Chris Moorman?

Chris Moorman will always be known as an online phenom in poker circles after numerous years of grinding a good living from MTT (Multi Table Tournaments) in the poker boom era of the late 2000s.

Things started earlier than that for Moorman, who took a healthy interest in online poker during his university years in Essex while studying for an economics degree. He established himself as one of the top online players in the world between 2006 and 2008, when he won one of Full Tilt’s biggest games of the era for $147,000.

This launched a phenomenal few years for Moorman online as he accumulated vast earnings and winnings when multi-tabling online most days of the week. His online winnings from MTT online are estimated to be more than $25 million.

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Chris Moorman’s Transition to Live Poker

we believe that Chris Moorman’s transition from online poker to live poker in the last fifteen years has been slower than many expected and rather labored in comparison to his phenomenal online success.

That said, Moorman has had limited success if not the domination of the live game that he has had online for many years. That success has resulted in 37 WSOP cashes with two bracelets, one live and one online as follows;

  • 2017: $3,000 No Limit Hold’em six handed
  • 2021: $800 No Limit Hold’em Deepstack Turbo Online Championship

In 2017, Moorman won a WPT (World Poker Tour) title at the L.A. Poker Classic for just over a $1 million first prize.

Why Does Chris Moorman Have Better Results Online?

The perception is that Chris Moorman has far more success in online poker rather than live ones, as his multiple wins in the online world’s biggest tournaments indicate.

Twice he was voted Bluff’s Online Player of the Year and his biggest wins after his one WSOP online bracelet were an FTOPs Main Event (Filt Tilt) for $230,000 and SCOOP (Spring Championship of Online Poker) Main Event for $650,000.

Although we know that is the perception, we believe it is purely down to the volume of play combined with Moorman’s aggressive style of play. You cannot play with that higher level of aggression without a bigger volume to overcome the higher variance associated with it.

When Chris Moorman first came on the radar of the top online poker players in the world, it was that uber aggressive style of play that set him apart from many of his competitors. Now, of course with that uber aggression comes higher risk, which is possibly why he is not as ideally suited to the live poker game.

This is because when playing online, a player can multi-table events and play optimally while building volume and ignoring their short-term results. This will never be the case for live tournaments, where one false move will result in your day being ended, meaning building a similar volume of live poker to online is naturally far more time consuming.

The positives for Moorman are that he is always pressuring his opponents and giving them difficult decisions, which is the ethos of being a winning poker player. Trying to do so live, as opposed to online, is far more difficult and more experienced players will become far more inclined to draw a line in the sand and take a stand, inevitably meaning Moorman must play a little cleverer.

What Is the Future for Chris Moorman?

The Englishman Chris Moorman, with his age now approaching forty, will no doubt move away more and more from online poker. Indeed, that seems the case in recent years.

We believe that his vast success in the online sphere that dwarfs his live accomplishments is attributable to his style of play while recognizing that, with experience to temper that aggression a little in the live poker games, he still has every chance of becoming a poker legend in live play as well as online.

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Craig Edwards
Craig Edwards, an online tipster in golf and snooker for over four years, boasts a track record of 7800 bets with a 28% return on investment. A snooker professional from 1988 to 1996, he was once a single-figure handicap golfer. Achieving the 282nd position in the WSOP MAIN EVENT in 2007, Craig possesses a unique insight into the psychological shifts of professional sportsmen, anticipating their mindset week by week.

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