The 888 Sunday Challenge this weekend tipped Chris Moorman, the long-time career money leader in online poker, over $13 million in tournament winnings. Moorman surpassed the milestone thanks surviving a 776-person field and taking home the first-place prize of $18,809.
“I was close — about $50,000 away for awhile — and it was [the Turbo Championship of Online Poker] and a chance to get a big score, but I kept missing out so it was nice to go over the line with a win rather than just a min-cash or something like that,” Moorman told PokerNews.
The big winner, known online as “WhatWudJSay,” isn’t an online player only. He is currently in Dublin for the European Poker Tour €5,300 main event. He also won the 2014 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic for just over $1 million.
So why play so much online?
“It’s just little targets to keep me motivated when I play online because obviously I’ve played online for years, so I need set myself goals or else it becomes sort of a bit boring and mundane,” he said.
His largest online cash came in 2011 while playing as “Moorman1” on Full Tilt. Moorman pocketed $235,592 when he came third in the $1K Monday event. He has three other six-figure cashes online.
It has been just over two-and-a-half years since Moorman became the first player in history to bank $10 million in online earnings. Despite his tremendous success, he may soon get out from behind the screen even more often as part of the Global Poker League. The British pro has yet to be drafted, but he did put his name into the pool of eligible players.
“I registered and am excited for the draft. I’ll be in L.A. for it and hopefully get drafted — not standing there like ‘Pick me, pick me!’” Moorman said. “It should be interesting, and I’ll support anything that’s new in poker and give it a chance. I hope it works out.”
Moorman has won $6.58 million on PokerStars and has $3.842 million on Full Tilt, his two primary sites.
(Photo credit: Logan Ingalls, Creative Commons).
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