Daily 3-Bet: Magnificent Moorman, WSOP Ratings Boost, BOM Begins

Day 1A
The Battle of Malta

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Today in the Daily 3-Bet we take a look at Chris Moorman crushing online MTTs again, a boost for WSOP ratings and the start of the Battle of Malta.

Chris Moorman
Chris "moorman1" Moorman

1) Chris Moorman Wins 12th Triple Crown Online

Chris “moorman1” Moorman might be good at online poker.

The celebrated English MTT player has been devoting more time to live tournaments over the last couple years but proved he can still dominate the online game by winning a Triple Crown this week.

For the uninitiated the online Triple Crown is an achievement invented by PocketFives.com where the player must win three separate tournaments on three different sites in the same week. Each tournament must have a prizepool in excess of $10,000 with over 100 runners.

Moorman won a $215+R No-Limit Hold’em event on PokerStars for $20,654, the $15k GTD R/A on William Hill Poker for $4,141 and a Full Tilt Poker $163 buy-in NLHE event for $7,654. In total Moorman cleared well over $30k in less than seven days.

Amazingly it was the 12th Triple Crown of Moorman’s career. Moorman offered this celebratory Tweet on his achievement:

Greg Merson
Greg Merson: People love him.

2) WSOP ESPN Ratings Receive Healthy 17% Boost

Poker fans who were worried this year’s relatively unknown group of October Niners might negatively affect ESPN ratings can rest easy: ratings actually went up 17% this year.

According to a report by PocketFives each WSOP Main Event two-hour show drew a .07 household coverage rating, which amounted to an average of 664,000 households tuning in every Tuesday.

This nearly-live Main Event final table broadcast also nabbed a .06 rating across 632,000 households for the first day. There’s a good chance final table ratings were hurt somewhat by the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast.

It was the first year ESPN has gone with an almost-live final table broadcast, albeit on a 15-minute delay, and viewers were treated to the longest final table in Main Event history with play dragging on for 12 hours just for the three-handed portion. Of course Greg Merson eventually won the tournament for $8.5 million.

Last year ESPN went nearly live for majority of the Main Event, except for the final table, which is believed to have hurt the ratings of the regular two-hour episodes with hole cards when they finally aired. Outside of the final table, ESPN made the decision to eliminate Main Event streaming this year.

3) Prepare for Glory! Battle of Malta Begins

It’s finally here.

The inaugural Battle of Malta began at the Portomaso Casino in St. Julian’s, Malta, with a total of 153 players showing up for Day 1a.

This is the first live tournament ever run by PokerListings.com so suffice to say we’re fairly excited. Stay tuned for a complete recap of Day 1a later today.

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