2018 Review – April: Moorman Goes Major, WSOP Goes Inter-State

Chris Moorman, Scott Margereson and Garry Gates were just some of the headliners in April (WPT photo/PokerStars photo).

April often opens with a day dedicated to Fools, but this year some of online poker’s biggest stars shined brightest all month long – including the most-decorated player in PocketFives history.

Moorman, ‘bencb789’, Nitsche, Leonard Grab Sunday Majors Wins

Chris Moorman has won more PocketFives Triple Crowns than anybody else and he tops the all-time online poker tournament earnings list by a very healthy margin. In April, he added to his resume by winning the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. That win earned him $39,343 and pushed him closer to the $15 million lifetime earnings mark. The final table included Dennys Ramos, Bruno Volkmann and ‘girafganger7’.

READ: SUNDAY MAJORS: Chris Moorman Conquers Sunday Warm-Up

Moorman wasn’t the only big name to pick up a big Sunday score. One week after Moorman won the Sunday Warm-Up, high stakes crusher ‘bench789’ beat Andrew ‘eastwest_27’ Theriault heads-up to win the event for $51,562.79.

READ: SUNDAY MAJORS: ‘Bencb789’ Conquers Sunday Warm-Up

The month actually started off with 888poker ambassador Dominik Nitsche winning the $1,050 $100,000 guaranteed Whale on 888 for $30,600. He beat Joao ‘Jaolito85’ Navarro heads-up for the win.

READ: SUNDAY MAJORS: Dominik Nitsche Takes Down 888poker Whale

One week after that, Patrick Leonard beat a final table that included Roman ‘RomeOpro’ Romanovsky, Parker Talbot and ‘C Darwin2’ to win the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller.

READ: SUNDAY MAJORS: Patrick Leonard Outduels ‘C Darwin2’ for HR Victory

US Online Poker Shared Liquidity Inches Closer to Reality

Since New Jersey and Nevada – okay, and Delaware too – launched regulated online poker, players in those states have been anxiously awaiting the opportunity to play against each other in a shared player pool. WSOP.com, the only online operator working in the two big states, announced in April that they would be making interstate liquidity a reality on May 1.

READ: WSOP.com Announces Interstate Liquidity Sharing Begins May 1

The news also had an impact on the 2018 World Series of Poker. With interstate liquidity, players in New Jersey would be able to play the WSOP online bracelet events for the first time in history.

READ: Interstate Liquidity Brings High Hopes To 2018 WSOP Online Events

Scott Margereson Grabs WPT Title in Florida

April proved to be a slower month on the live tournament calendar than any other month, but don’t tell Scott Margereson that. The British pro, who has two major online titles to his credit, picked up his first World Poker Tour title in April, winning the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown.

Margereson beat out a final table that included Jeff Fielder, Matt Stout, Brian Hastings and Faraz Jaka to pick up nearly $700,000 and a seat in the WPT Tournament of Championship.

READ: Scott Margereson wins WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown

WSOP Changes Player of the Year System

The 2017 World Series of Poker Player of the Year race was marred by player issues with the scoring system. One year later, WSOP executives admitted the system was flawed and announced a totally revamped system for 2018.

The new system better-rewarded players for wins and deep runs and placed far less emphasis on a min-cash.

READ: WSOP Makes Changes to Much-Maligned Player of the Year System

After Surviving Route 91 Shooting, Garry Gates Considers Himself Lucky

In October 2017, the city of Las Vegas was the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in American history when 58 people died. Garry Gates, an executive with PokerStars, was one of the 22,000 in attendance that night but thankfully avoided injury. Six months after the shooting, Gates looked back at how he managed to stay alive that night, how the events changed him and how he realized how much Las Vegas meant to him in the aftermath of that horrible event.

READ: Garry Gates, One of the Lucky Ones

Sunday Million Anniversary Win Propels ‘danearys-t’ to April PLB Win

Dutch grinder ‘danearys-t’ finished 2018 with $1,199,383 in lifetime earnings. A whopping $1,000,043.77 of that came from winning the PokerStars Sunday Million Anniversary: Take 2 on April 22. That win also gave him 3,355.89 PLB points which, combined with the 584.54 he picked up over the course of the rest of the month, was enough for him to win the April PLB race. He beat out names like ‘C Darwin2’ (sixth place), ‘hellohellohello’ (fifth place), and runner-up ‘lena900’ to claim the crown.