The most successful player in online tournaments was for a long time an outcast on the live circuit. It still has a very deep thorn from that time.
Moorman at the WSOPE 2011, the end of jinx
The closest episode to a paranormal phenomenon that has been seen on the circuit was the unexplained disability that he showed for years Chris moorman to convey to the casinos the insulting superiority that he displayed in online tournaments.
Long after the Brit had established himself as number one in virtual loyalties, he was still waiting for the first acceptable live result. We are not talking about a millionaire prize. Moorman was unable to play a single final table at an international festival until January 2011, and the jinx at the main events would last until March 2014, when his first WPT finally fell.
No matter how successful Moorman was online, the jinx that haunted him on the circuit had him obsessed.
The folks at Pocketfives have asked Moorman to tell them that hand that he still regrets to this day. That situation that you relive in dreams and that never ends well.
All that introduction that we have done is to put in context the reason why a player who has participated in thousands of tournaments and has seen millions of flops has chosen precisely a hand from 2008, which took place at the Empire casino in London. Actually, his worst memory in poker is the concatenation of hands that he threw outl WSOPE Main Event, from a table that led side by side with Johnny Lodden.
They were both poking the bubble like mad, spreading their hands. And all indications were that Moorman was going to noticeably improve the $ 12,593 in prizes featured on his far too modest Hendon Mob.
“Johnny and I had very deep bstacks, around the 100bb mark, and in this I look at my cards and I see kings.
I was more than happy to get all the money into the pot until I saw that he was holding aces. Given the dynamics of the table, it was a tremendous shock to come across that setup. “
Anyway, after the collision, Moorman still had 20 blinds left, and he was touching the miniature box with the tips of his fingers. At that time, the pound was very strong against the dollar. The buy-in was £ 10,000, which equaled almost $ 20,000, and the mini-cash was trading at $ 46,086
However, the debacle that so marked Moorman was yet to be completed.
“A very aggressive Scandinavian player opened for 3bb, as was done back then, and I had nines.
Four out of the ITM, I thought it best to reraise mid-stack to give the impression of a monster and force to fold hands like AQ.
He was fully convinced that the guy was opening more hands than necessary for the play to be profitable. Unfortunately, I made a mistake in the bet and had to make a minimal re-raise, which gave him an unbeatable price to see the flop. “
The flop came three overcards, AKQ, and Moorman tried to steal the pot with a small continuation, but had to move all-in.
“What a disaster. After that hand I was very short and in the end I lost a flip and did not even cash in the tournament, after playing for three and a half days and having put myself a chip leader in the bubble.
I couldn’t win a bigger prize than that miniature box until three more years went by, and I often wondered if I hadn’t hit the ground running for the best chance I was ever going to get to win a big tournament. “
Lodden finished 11th, and the tournament won John Juanda, who received $ 1,580,096.
Moorman waited very hard for his revenge, and in 2011 he achieved the first millionaire prize of his career live by playing the HU of the ME at the WSOPE in Cannes, despite losing to Elio Fox head-to-head.