One of the most-feared online poker players in the world, England’s Chris Moorman, has won his second career World Series of Poker gold bracelet. Moorman, playing in the U.S.’s domestic WSOP online series, joined the double-bracelet club by winning Event #29 of the series, $800 Eight-Max Turbo DeepStack Championship, on Wednesday.
Moorman, playing as “Robotbob47”, earned $102,406 by taking down this no-limit hold’em event. The tourney drew 623 total entries (including re-buys) from 418 distinct players. It offered a $488,560 prize pool.
Moorman led final early and late
Moorman’s win came after just six and a half hours of action in this turbo event, which offered shortened levels and rapidly increasing blinds. He led the last eight players in chips as the final table began. Moorman, though, dropped to third as a series of all-in collisions led to several early knockouts and pushed Patrick ‘Synesthesia’ Eskandar into the top spot.
Eskandar’s lead was short-lived. Moorman won a handful of smaller pots to retake the lead. The two then collided in a huge hand where all the chips went in before the flop. Eskandar had Ah-Jc, but Moorman showed Ac-Qd. Eskandar needed a jack or other help to stay alive, but the board ran out a very dry 7d-3d-2s-10h-8c. The dry runout sent Eskandar to the virtual rail with a $43,107 third-place cash, while the huge pot gave Moorman more than a 4:1 edge entering heads-up play against Matthew ‘BraceletHUNT’ Hunt.
Hunt cut into Moorman’s hand lead in the next few hands. With the turbo format and the rising blinds, however, another all-in collision loomed. Moorman moved all in from the button with Jd-9d, and Hunt called with a better hand, Ac-8c. Moorman’s hand needed help, and that arrived on the Kd-9h-3s flop. Hunt needed an ace or running eights to stay alive, but the turn and river brought the 6h and 6c instead. Hunt had to settle for a $63,112 runner-up payday.
The win adds to Moorman’s stellar poker resume. He was once the all-time money leader in online tournament play and still ranks near the top in that regard. In recent years, though, he has shifted more of his play to live events. This latest win pushed Moorman’s career live earnings over the $6 million mark, in addition to the nearly $19 million he’s won in online events.
As has been the case with every 2021 WSOP Online event to date, numerous prior bracelet winners and other elite pros made the money. Previous winners cashing in the Turbo 8-Max Championship included Phil Tom, Ryan Leng, Tom Cannuli, Bryan Piccioli, Shaun Deeb, Nipun Java, Galen Hall, and Ankush Mandavia.
Triumph joins Moorman’s live WSOP victory in 2017
Moorman’s prior WSOP bracelet win occurred in a live event, so Wednesday’s win was more of a return to his online beginnings. In 2017, Moorman traveled to Las Vegas for that summer’s live WSOP, where he logged a come-from-behind win in a $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed.
In that 2017 triumph, Moorman’s large, boisterous and largely British fan section celebrated his comeback win with zeal. One of his fans, in clambering over the special rail on the live-streamed final-table set to congratulate Moorman on his win, accidentally kicked in one of the set-in TV screens that provided a colorful backdrop to the action. Moorman’s latest WSOP win, being online, likely caused far less technical damage to the surroundings.
Moorman has participated only part-time in the U.S.-domestic portion of the WSOP Online series. He has also played in other large live poker events in Las Vegas in June and July. Moorman will likely return to England to play in the international portion of the 2021 WSOP Online series, which begins on GGPoker on August 1. As with Moorman, dozens of players are expected to travel from the U.S. in order to take part in that bracelet-awarding series.
- Chris “Robotbob47” Moorman – $102,406
- Matthew “BraceletHUNT” Hunt – $63,112
- Patrick “Synesthesia” Eskandar – $43,107
- “bbert29” – $29,964
- Philip “Chairman99” Tom – $21,262
- “JonSnow14” – $15,341
- “cakebot” – $11,304
- Jeremy “g00sebumps” Menard – $8,478
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