Chris Moorman inches closer to record milestone

Chris Moorman in WSOP

Chris Moorman is on the verge of setting a record for online poker players, by reaching $10 million in online tournament winnings. Just $92,719 separate him from this psychological milestone and luckily for him there is no competition whatsoever to worry about. The gap separating him from the next in line counts in millions of dollars and given how active Chris was in 2013, it is only natural to expect him to become the first player to win $10 million over the Internet.

Bear in mind that these winnings refer exclusively to online tournament cashes. Moorman didn’t win a handful of prominent tournaments to amass $9.9 million, but finished in the money for 5856 times and just four of these victories brought him a six-figure amount.

His biggest win in online poker tournaments was a $235,000 awarded as a result of finishing third in the $1k Monday $2 Million Guaranteed on Full Tilt Poker. Money remains the most reliable indicator of success in online poker, but for Chris Moorman the 15 triple crowns are just as important as the $9.9 million won so far. The gap separating him from the runner-up consists of five triple crowns so he is not in danger of being overtaken anytime soon.

By comparison, there are 19 players who won $10 million or more at live poker tournaments, which is a remarkable accomplishment as well. On the other hand, it is much easier to set such a record when there are several live tournaments awarding the winner seven digit amounts. Antonio Esfandiari for instance, won $18 million in a single day by prevailing in the $1 million buy-in “Big One for One Drop” event.

Chris told the media that reaching this milestone is very important for him, because it would serve as the ultimate recognition for his achievements in online poker. He started playing tournaments seven years ago and stood one step ahead of the game in this highly competitive environment. If past performance can predict future results, Chris Moorman might need two or three victories in online poker tournaments to hit the $10 million milestone.

In his line of work, Moorman is confronted with the numerous dangers posed by variance, as luck also plays a major role in winning tournaments. Finishing in the money for almost 6000 times, is a clear indicator that Moorman is a solid poker player who can offset the inherent effects of variance. Unlike other professional poker players who got burned out over the years, Chris stood afloat and is now cruising to a record that will be very difficult to break.