Chris Moorman Best Online Poker Player 2011September 6, 2011 10:43 am
The British Poker Awards has announced their list of winners for 2011, and heading the category for ‘Best Online Player’ is Chris “Moorman1” Moorman.
However, despite winning the prestigious UK award, the 26 year-old’s’ achievements do not end there as he has also been ranked the world’s top online tournament player on several occasions, and has currently won more money than any other online tournament player. A quick glance at Chris “Moorman1” Moorman‘s online results will reveal a staggering $7,362,675 in winnings, including $3,139,237 at PokerStars.
Incredibly, Moorman first started out playing online cash games but after his PokerTracker programme was out of commission for a couple of weeks, he decided to give online tournaments a go. Before long, Moorman placed 5th in a Sunday tournament for $12,000 and then made the switch to tournaments full-time after finding them more fun than cash.
There was another good reason to move away from cash poker, though, as Chris Moorman said he swore to stick to tournaments after once playing $10/$20 NL nonstop for two days, and losing 12 buy-ins early on before eventually getting back to even.
Furthermore, the disciplines of cash and tournament poker require different approaches and as Chris Moorman explains:
“I think if I turned to cash I’d just be looking to move up all the time and play bigger stakes, which would probably be a bad idea as I don’t want the massive swings. I don’t have aspirations to play the nosebleed levels..as I don’t want to worry about going bust every day, that’s not the way to live. Also, if I’m winning in cash, I want to quit straight away, and if I’m losing, I want to play all day to get it back to even, which is obviously not an effective approach in the long run.”
The Brighton, Sussex, pro obviously made the right decision and he hasn’t looked back since. In addition to his $7,362,675 won playing tournaments online, Chris Moorman has also earned an additional $1,327,536 playing live.