Moorman: "When Main Event Came Around I Was in for $250k"

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It's been written many times before but it's worth repeating: Chris Moorman has over $13 million in online poker winnings.

He's been ranked as the #1 online poker player in the world on several occasions and he’s won over 30 Triple Crowns -- meaning he’s won three major online tournaments within a week.

He also, you know, has a World Poker Tour title and several WSOP final tables under his belt.

In short, he's been at the very top of the international poker elite for years. And now he feels it’s time for him to share his story and – some of – his secrets.

One of the premium new additions to Team 888poker over the past year Moorman presented his second book yesterday during the 888poker festival in London. We were there to follow up.

PL: Can you run us through the content of your new book.

Chris Moorman: It’s divided into two parts, basically. The first part is my biography. I’m talking about how I first got into poker, how I moved up through the levels and so on.

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Once a major poker backer.

From there we’re moving into what it feels like to go deep in big tournaments and how I got into backing. You might not know this but I was once backing over 30 players in high-stakes tournaments.

And when the WSOP Main Event came around I was in for about $250,000.

These are really degenerate stories, stuff that I would usually only tell my friends when I’m drunk.  I never said anything like this in an interview before.

PL: You had a quarter of a million dollars invested in players in the Main Event only?

CM: Yes, I had shares in 25 players and safe to say none of them made the final table.

PL: Ok, let’s get to the second main part of the book.

CM: The second part is more strategy-oriented. Contrary to the first book where I was analyzing other people’s hands, I’m now talking about my own hands.

These are hands from big tournaments where I explain what I did and why I did it, what the situation was and how much it mattered who I was playing against.

I’ll also show how the game has changed by looking at a hand I played four or five years ago and how I would play it differently today.

PL: You came second in the WSOPE Main Event in Cannes a couple of years ago, losing the heads-up to Elio Fox.

CM: Yes, good example. There will definitely be a couple of hands from that final table and I’ll explain what I did then and how I would now assess the spots in a different way.

PL: For a couple of years the market has been swamped with poker books. Some of them were probably just written to make money. What do you bring to the market that no-one else can?

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Book #2 coming next summer.

CM: My main motivation is really the comments I received on my first book. Many players walked up to me and told me they hadn’t known me and my game before and they appreciated the book.

Some players even got back to me and shared some good results they had after reading. This was very rewarding for me, because I’d obviously spent a lot of time on the book.

And then a large part of the responses was that people wanted to see my hands and how I play, so I felt I had some kind of unfinished business.

I also heard that people wanted to get to know myself a little better, and there you have the basic structure of the new book.

PL: Every big name player who’s writing or coaching faces the same dilemma. How do I share my secrets without revealing all of them?

CM: Poker is a very situational game so even if I give you everything I know about a certain situation, that situation is never going to happen again.

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Poker is always situational.

There’s no rule that goes, “every time I have this hand, I need to do this." So even so I’m giving information away that doesn’t mean you’ll suddenly play well against me.

I’m handing out tools; you have to use them yourself.

PL: It seems that many players burn out even in younger years. You’ve never said you’d quit.

CM: I’m just a normal guy and I get tired like everybody else. In the past I’d play day and night and never get enough. Now, if I play through the night two days in a row, I need a day off.

There were times when I thought this would never happen, but it does. I sometimes get sick of the game but my desire to play is still strong.

My life doesn’t revolve only around poker anymore. It used to, and I was happy with it, but that’s changed. I now also have other stuff than poker in my life.

I have a lot more fun this way and I’m a lot more relaxed, which helps especially in live tournaments. I used to be in it only for the money and wouldn’t talk to anyone.

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Almost like homework, really.

PL: Is the game going to change permanently? Will the strategy of today not be valid in five years?

CM: I’m not sure. On the top level people now have so many more resources and they know so much better what their ranges are.

Back in the days even the stars found themselves guessing a lot in certain spots, but now they know exactly what to do.

Even four or five years ago you got better in poker by playing and gathering experience. Now it’s much more studying and working off the tables.

It’s almost like homework at school. You practice at home as much as you can so that when you’re in the poker arena, you know what to do.

PL: But that would mean there will be a day when poker is figured out and solved.

CM: Possibly in cash games, where you have a rigid structure and everyone is 100 big blinds deep. The tournament dynamics are a lot different, and you have short and big stacks at the table and so on.

I think tournaments will always be interesting because of the unique situations you have to adapt to.

PL: Thank you, Chris Moorman.

Chris Moorman’s new book – Moorman – will be published just before the beginning of the 2017 WSOP by D&B Publishers.

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