Chris Moorman Talks Humble Beginnings

British poker professional Chris Moorman has been the world’s top online tournament player for years, with the 30 year-old having amassed $13,386,477 in winnings over his illustrious career. Not only does that make him the biggest ever online tournament winner in the game’s history, but he has also added a record-breaking 25 triple crowns to his incredible resume.
Moorman’s talents are not just limited to the online arena, though, and he has racked up a further $4,132,263 playing in live events, with his biggest scores including a runner-up finish at the 2011 WSOPE Main Event for €800,000 ($1,068,690), and victory in 2014 at the $10k WPT LA Poker Classic for $1,015,460.
Despite his incredible success, Moorman has kept his feet firmly on the ground throughout his career, and talking about his humble beginnings explained to UK media outlet the standard that his parents first taught him how to play the card game bridge as a “kid”, but that he soon “rebelled” as he “didn’t want to play an old person’s game any more.”
As a student, Moorman and his friends subsequently tried their hands at poker in order to help make ends meet, and it wasn’t long before he realized he had a unique talent for the game. Elaborating further, Moorman stated:
“I am ultra-competitive, quite obsessive, and ..I’m pretty sure I have a photographic memory, which helps too.” Moorman then added that the key to his success has been longevity, being a good loser that can handle the frustration of big losses, and stated that he has outlasted a lot of his peers due to his “grit and determination.”
Moorman’s poker success has meant that he has been able to travel around the world as he plies his trade, and according to his most recent blog post he has just enjoyed a working holiday in South Africa with his wife, Katie. Warning against viewing poker as a glamorous career choice, however, Moorman said that a lot of players have had to walk away from the game due to its addictive nature.
“Poker is not as glam as people think,” he explained. “People think it’s very Bond but in reality it’s not. You work all-night clubs and it’s long hours, plus you spend a lot of time in airports. You have to be resilient.”

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