Chris Moorman is a living legend of online tournament poker. He sat atop the online career earnings leaderboard for quite some time, and is still among the top ten on PocketFives’ all-time list with more than $18.7 million in scores made on the internet. It seems only fitting that Moorman secured his second World Series of Poker gold bracelet in an online event. Playing under the screen name ‘Robotbob47’, Moorman defeated a field of 623 total entries in the 2021 WSOP Online $800 buy-in no-limit hold’em eight-max turbo deepstack championship event. Moorman was awarded $102,406 as the champion of the event.
While online poker is how Moorman made a name for himself, he has also found plenty of success in live events. He took down the World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic main event for his first seven-figure live score back in 2014. His first bracelet win came three years later, in a $3,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em six-max event. He topped a field of 959 players in that tournament to win $498,682.
Among the 72 players to make the money in this event were plenty of big names, including recent bracelet winner Justin ‘LappyPoker’ Lapka (55th – $1,660), 2018 WSOP main event third-place finisher Michael ‘helionic’ Dyer (42nd – $2,063), popular poker vlogger Johnnie ‘johnnievibes’ Moreno (33rd – $2,333), 2020 WSOP $10,000 main event domestic tournament winner Joseph ‘kolebear’ Hebert (29th – $2,333), Matt ‘berkey11_s4y’ Berkey (28th – $2,333), two-time bracelet winner Bryan ‘Pellepelle’ Piccioli (16th – $3,319), bracelet winner Tom ‘.BEAST.’ Cannuli (12th – $5,069), and two-time bracelet winner Ryan ‘adopt_adogg0’ Leng (10th – $5,069).
The final table began with Moorman in the lead and ‘JonSnow14’ in second chip position. Jeremy ‘g00sebumps’ Menard was the first to fall, with his J-10 suited running into the K-Q suited of Matthew ‘BraceletHUNT’ Hunt. Both players made a pair, but Hunt’s kings were best and Menard was eliminated in eighth place ($8,478).
The field was quickly narrowed to just five competitors with the exit of both ‘cakebot’ (7th – $11,304) and ‘JonSnow14’ (6th – $15,341). The latter ran pocket queens into the pocket kings of Patrick ‘Synesthesia’ Eskandar for the largest pot up to that point. Eskander held to take the chip lead into short-handed play. he extended that advantage even further when his AQ held up against the Q9 of short stack Philip ‘Chairman99’ Tom (5th – $21,262).
Matthew ‘BraceletHUNT’ Hunt picked up pocket jacks in the small blind and called the button shove of ‘bbert29’, who held K-10 offsuit. The pocket pair held up and ‘bbert29’ was sent to the virtual rail with $29,964.
Moorman was able to maneuver his way into the chip lead during three-handed play, doing so just in time to win the largest pot of the tournament. Moorman raised to 1,125,000 from the small blind with AQ and Eskandar three-bet shoved for 9,127,850 from the big blind holding AJ. Moorman called and the board came down 732108. Eskandar was awarded $43,107 as the third-place finisher, while Moorman took nearly a 4:1 chip lead into heads-up play with Hunt.
Hunt managed to narrow the gap considerably in the first few minutes of heads-up action, but Moorman still held the lead by the time the final hand of the event was dealt. Moorman shoved from the button with J9 and Hunt called from the big blind with A8 for his last 15 or so big blinds. The K9366 runout secured the pot and the title for Moorman, while Hunt earned $63,112 for his runner-up finish.
Here is a look at the payouts awarded at the final table:
|1||Chris ‘Robotbob47’ Moorman||$102,406|
|2||Matthew ‘BraceletHUNT’ Hunt||$63,112|
|3||Patrick ‘Synesthesia’ Eskandar||$43,107|
|5||Philip ‘Chairman99’ Tom||$21,262|
|8||Jeremy ‘g00sebumps’ Menard||$8,478|