On Sunday, the 2018 World Series of Poker Event #62: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed, which guarantees an $888,888 to the winner, wrapped its final two starting flights. The first, Day 1C, saw 2,492 entries pack the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. But, after 18 levels of play, only 131 of them bagged, with 888poker Ambassador Chris Moorman and his stack of 511,000 leading the way.

“Usually it’s pretty late by the time I get home, so most often it’s just chatting with my wife, maybe watch a show and go to bed,” Moorman said when asked what he’ll do to unwind. “It’s long days during WSOP, so there often isn’t a lot of time to do much else.”

Bagging Chips In the Money!

The only other two players to bag more than 400K were Vitaliy Neyman and Ihar Soika with 500,000 and 475,000, respectively. The next closest player is Germany’s Franz-Haver Ditz with 381,000. Moorman’s lead was also ahead of 1A chip leader Anthony Reategui (369,000), although he lagged behind 1B leader Christian Liel (793,000).

Moorman got a lot of his chips right before a scheduled break after Level 13 (800/1,600/200). It happened when a preflop raising war resulted in him getting his stack of 60,000 all in with the 10♠10♣ against an opponent holding the A♥K♦. The J♠J♣5♣ flop kept Moorman in the lead, and the 3♣ turn was a great card as it meant both the ace and king of clubs would give him a flush.

As it was, the 2♠ river was a brick, and Moorman doubled to 123,000. From there, he only continued to build.

Players battled into the money in the opening flight, meaning Moorman has notched his 13th cash of the summer since finishing 89th in May’s 888poker LIVE Barcelona €220 Opening Event. Moorman’s best cash so far actually came outside the WSOP when he won a $1,100 event at the 2018 Wynn Summer Classic for $55,805. At the WSOP, his two most significant scores have been $9,616 for finishing 60th in Event #24: $2,620 The Marathon and placing 24th in Event #63: $3,200 Online High Roller for $9,339.

Among those to bust in the money on 1C of the Crazy Eights were Will “The Thrill” Failla (169th - $2,106), fellow 888poker Ambassador Sofia Lövgren (219th - $1,851), and former November Niner Jake Balsiger (344th - $1,333).

The bag and tag came the same day Moorman visited the D&B Publishing booth in the WSOP hallways to sign copies of his poker books Moorman: The Inside Story of the Most Successful Online Poker Player of All Time and Moorman’s Book of Poker.

Chris Moorman book signing 2018 WSOP

$888,888 Awaits the Winner!

If Moorman were to use his Day 1C chip lead as a springboard to victory, he’d win $888,888, which would be the third-biggest of his live career. In 2011, he won $1,068,690 for finishing second in the 2011 WSOP Europe Main Event, and in 2014 he banked $1,015,460 for his World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic victory.

A win here would also give him a second gold bracelet after capturing his first last year when he topped a field of 959 entries to win Event #27: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed for $498,682.

To stay atop of all Moorman’s summer exploits, including his run in the Crazy Eights, be sure to follow him on Twitter at @Moorman1.

About the Author
Chad Holloway is a 2013 WSOP Bracelet winner who has previously worked for PokerNews as a managing editor and live reporter
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