The 2018 World Series of Poker isn’t the only game in town as 888poker Ambassador Chris “Moorman1” Moorman found out over the weekend.

Online poker’s most accomplished tournament player – he has more than $14 million in winnings and is the only player to break the eight-figure mark – took a break from the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and headed down to the Las Vegas Strip. That is where he entered the Wynn Summer Classic Event #3: $1,100 NLH $200K GTD and topped a field of 242 runners – which created a $240,608 prize pool – to win $55,805.

Bust, Win and Wynn Some More!

“I played the WSOP Colossus in the morning and busted it twice,” Moorman told us. “My wife, Katie, mentioned the one-day Wynn tournament, so I headed down and bought in late. I managed to spin it up off one bullet, which is always nice.”

He continued: “I got really lucky at the final table. I shoved with ace-king against a player I pushed around on the bubble. He snap-called after limping with aces. He said, ‘I finally got you.’ Started celebrating hard before the flop. It ran out to give me Broadway. I ran really good at the final table.”

In the end, the title came down to Moorman and David Jackson, a player with more than $1.3 million in lifetime earnings.

“The final hand was really interesting,” Moorman explained. “David Jackson limped, which was the first time he’d limped. I thought he was weak, so I raised with 10x3x off. He called, and it came 10x5x3x with two clubs. I bet, and he raised pretty big. I just called, and the turn was an ace. It went check-check and the river was the seven of clubs. I checked, and he moved all-in with king-seven with the king of clubs. It was a pretty good bluff by him actually, but I had so much in already, I had to call. It was a fun tournament - done in a day.”

It was the second cash of the summer for Moorman after he won his opening match in the 2018 WSOP Event #3: $3,000 NLH Shootout, ultimately finishing in 30th place for $6,302. 2009 WSOP Main Event champ Joe Cada went on to win that tournament for his third gold bracelet.

As far as the score goes, it was a modest one on Moorman’s live poker resumé. In fact, he boasts 14 scores bigger than it, including two seven-figure and a half-dozen six-figure scores. Still, it was another trophy (also his first-ever cash at the Wynn) for his mantle, right there alongside last year’s WSOP gold bracelet and his 2014 WPT L.A. Poker Classic trophy.

Finding Value Tournaments in Vegas

Interestingly, Moorman skipped a prominent event at the WSOP – the $10,000 Heads-Up Championship – in favour of value elsewhere.

“I played the $10K Heads-Up back in the day, went deep one year,” he said of the tournament. “One year on the bubble round of the $25K heads-up tournament I swapped with Jake Cody, who I didn’t really know well. At the time I hadn’t done much in live poker, so wasn’t going to ask, but then he asked me if I wanted to swap 10 percent. I ended up bubbling and he went on to win it for $851K.”

Moorman is just one of thousands of players bouncing between the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and other properties about Vegas, many offering their own tournament series.

“There’s a lot of value here,” Moorman said of the Strip properties. “I really enjoyed the Wynn tournament. Before I didn’t like it as I’d never cashed there, but now I have a cash and it’s a win. I don’t really care where I play if there’s a good tournament, one with good value and a decent strategy. Outside the WSOP, the Venetian has a lot of good tournaments.”

Moorman’s latest win brought his lifetime earnings up to $5,510,581 and brought him a step closer to passing the late David “Devilfish” Ulliott ($6,218,290) on England’s all-time money list. Moorman currently sits in sixth place while Ulliott, a Poker Hall of Famer, is in fifth.

Final Table Results






Chris Moorman




David Jackson

Las Vegas, Nevada



Prithvi Rudrappa

Chicago, Illinois



David Thomas

Santa Barbara, California



Jeff Wilson

Seattle, Washington



Blake Whittington

Chattanooga, Tennessee



Matt Silva

Charlotte, Louisiana



Ken Huynh

San Jose, California



Gerald David

Las Vegas, Nevada


To stay atop of all Moorman’s summer exploits, 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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