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2009 WSOP Best Bets: Chris Moorman
Moorman1 is undoubtedly one of the biggest stars in online poker right now. But his alter ego Chris Moorman has yet to make a big impression on the live scene.
That is all set to change this summer as the online sensation prepares to storm Las Vegas and put his live ghosts to rest.
"I fancy my chances of putting up a decent showing," Moorman told PokerListings. "This will be my fourth WSOP so I'm getting to veteran status."
His lack of live results so far is puzzling, given that Moorman has been consistently ranked in the top three online MTT players in the world over the last few years, picking up millions of dollars in winnings.
He has won a world-record nine Triple Crowns, a benchmark elite players use to measure online MTT success that involves winning three significant tournaments in a week across sites including PokerStars, Full Tilt and Party Poker.
Moorman feels he is on the verge of translating this dominant online form into live success.
"At first I didn't play too well live and was impatient," Moorman said.
"I didn't go with my gut enough. However, lately I've improved a lot and feel like I've just been on the wrong side of variance. I could easily have hit one or two big scores."
Moorman enters the series in red-hot form, having won the PocketFives Player of the Month for April after picking up an impressive five tournament wins, including $112k for final tabling the $10k PokerStars SCOOP Main Event - his biggest score to date.
Much like fellow online whiz-kid, Isaac Baron, Moorman is targeting the $40k No Limit Hold'em as one of the tournaments he is most looking forward to at this year's series.
"The $40k event should be great fun as it will be a real challenge with the strength of the field," he said.
"Being a relatively small field size and a having a great structure I fancy my chances of putting up a decent showing. Also the six-max events are definitely a favorite of mine."
Driven by a powerful instinct to be the best and beat the best, Moorman needs little extra motivation to succeed, but was recently given an adrenaline shot in the arm from an unusual source.
"I bought my dad into the GUKPT Manchester as a birthday present," he explained.
Moorman junior went into the tournament as one of the favourites but watched on in amazement as Moorman senior turned the formbook on its head, blazing his way to the title in style.
"Never in a million years did I think he'd win, but he played the tournament of his life and showed me the way to do it. Hopefully it acts as an inspiration for me at this year's WSOP."
British bracelet winners have been few and far between over the last few years, but Moorman feels there is plenty of Brit talent in the ranks waiting to burst onto the scene.
"My friend James Dempsey, MKKMOO, backs a group of UK players who are coming over for their first World Series," Moorman revealed. "His stable, known as 'The Shrewdies,' has some good players, so hopefully a couple of them can break through.
"As for me, my ambitions in poker are simple: to be successful and to make sure I still enjoy the game for as long as I keep playing. It also wouldn't hurt to one day go down in poker history."