When it comes to online poker, Chris "moorman1" Moorman is a paramount player held in the highest regard. Whether by the fans or his peers, Moorman is widely considered the best online tournament player to ever click a mouse. His accolades are almost endless — over $9.9 million in online tournament earnings, 5,856 total online cashes, and 15 triple crowns — but his legend continues to grow.
According to PocketFives.com, Moorman needs to $92,719 more in online tournament earnings to become the first player ever to eclipse $10 million in tournament winnings. Given how uncommon scores above $300,000 are in the online realm, Moorman's inevitable accomplishment will go down in the poker history books as one of the greatest ever to be achieved.
"Being the first person to hit $10 million in online tournament cashes is incredibly important to me," Moorman told PokerNews. "I started playing online tournaments way back in 2006, and to have continued success throughout the last seven years, especially with the ever-changing environment of the game, is more than I could have hoped for."
Of Moorman's 5,856 online cashes, only four of them are for six figures, putting his accomplishment into greater perspective. Moorman notched his first six-figure score on April 12, 2009 when he finished in eighth place in the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker $10,300 Main Event (High) for $112,950. Later that year on August 12, Moorman earned $204,000 for a runner-up finish in Event #17 of the Full Tilt Online Poker Series. Moorman's two other online scores over the century mark came on March 14, 2010 and March 28, 2011. In the first of those, Moorman won the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Brawl for $109,620. In the second, which turned out to be the largest score of his online career, Moorman finished third in the Full Tilt Poker $1K Monday $2 Million Guaranteed for $235,592.
Nearly 10 percent of the time Moorman cashes in an online tournament, he finishes in the top three places. It's happened 545 times in his career, and the majority of those top-three finishes are victories. He has 223 first-place finishes, 145 second-place finishes, and 177 third-place finishes.
"I've seen many incredibly successful players get burned out over the years, but thankfully I continue to enjoy the game more than ever," added Moorman. "To be able to wake up and get to do something I love every day makes me feel truly blessed. I feel that the 10 million milestone is a testament to my dedication and ultimate passion for the game of poker and challenging myself to be the best that I can be."
Moorman's 15 triple crowns are four more than any other player, having achieved his 15th just last week, and it doesn't look like he plans on slowing down at anytime in the near future. In 2013 alone, Moorman has won the Full Tilt Poker $1K Saturday for $53,560 and taken second in an FTOPS event for $62,261. His success this year also extends to the live felt where Moorman has final tabled the European Poker Tour London Main Event (8th - £57,000), a €2,000 side event at EPT Berlin (2nd, €72,900), and the World Series of Poker $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Ante Only event (5th, $44,227).
When it comes to live poker, eclipsing $10 million in live tournament earnings is also quite the feat. In fact, only 19 players have ever done it. Still, this is unprecedented territory for online poker and Moorman is the most elite of record setters.
With the amount of volume that Moorman puts in online, his massive accomplishment of breaking the $10 million barrier could come any day now. Be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews for updates on Moorman's quest as he approaches a goal no other player has ever achieved.