Chris Moorman Wins First WSOP Gold Bracelet
Chris Moorman WSOP Winner
Chris Moorman broke through in his 31st WSOP cash. (Photo: PokerPhotoArchive.com)

Chris Moorman Wins First WSOP Gold Bracelet

Online Legend Wins in Really Real Life

Posted June 17, 2017 by Paul Oresteen Chris Moorman WSOP Winner
Chris Moorman broke through in his 31st WSOP cash. (Photo: PokerPhotoArchive.com)

The Final day of World Series of Poker Event #27: $3,000 No Limit Six Max returned 21 players with the momentous task of playing down to a winner, with the final table exclusively streamed, and archived, on PokerGO. Chris Moorman survived a marathon day, a three-hour heads-up battle to win his first WSOP bracelet and $498,682.

“It’s kind of surreal - I feel like anytime you win live, it’s just a lot more real,” Moorman said. “All your friends are there celebrating with you and particularly a lot of my online success was when I was living in the UK. I would be playing all through the night and maybe win a tournament about five or six in the morning and I would just be there on my own, maybe talking with friends on Skype online. But the money goes into your account, you don’t see it in front of you – you don’t have anyone celebrating. It’s just a great feeling when you win [live].”

Moorman is regarded as the world’s winningest online player, with over $14 million in tournament winnings. While Moorman already had success at the WSOP with $2.4 million in earnings, 31 cashes and four final tables.

Moorman clinching the win with his rail. (Photo: PokerPhotoArchive.com)
“The Series is still young, there are plenty of more events out there,” said Moorman. “I’ve already had three cashes, including this one, and I feel great and confident. Hopefully, I can make a final table and if not, hopefully some more Brits do and I can be on the rail and support them. I would be just as happy to be honest.”

Moorman played a critical hand against Michael Gagliano that shifted the momentum of the final table his way. Moorman flopped a set of queens, Gagliano flopped top two pair and Moorman check-called the whole way – inducing Gagliano to shove on the river.

“He’s friends – I want to win there, but… I would have done exactly the same thing,” Moorman said. “You’ve got to feel for the guy. At least he laddered and got to third.”

You can watch the entire replay of the final table on PokerGO, and next up on the schedule is the $10,000 HORSE Championship when it reaches a final table on Saturday with 15 returning players.

Final Table Payouts

1. Chris Moorman - $498,682
2. Bernardo Dias - $308,166
3. Michael Gagliano - $210,139
4. Steve Sung - $145,634
5. John Gorsuch - $102.605
6. Max Silver - $73,510