RANK & FILE: Shaun Deeb Continues To Crush, Chris Moorman Heats Up

Former #1-ranked PocketFivers Shaun Deeb (left) and Chris Moorman (right) picked up steam this week at the 2019 WSOP.

In the illustrious history of the PocketFives Rankings, 55 different players have managed to hold down the #1 spot. This edition of the RANK & FILE focuses on how those players perform during the 2019 World Series of Poker.

Shaun Deeb Goes Deep In Dealers Choice

As we mentioned in our last Rank & File column, Shaun Deeb is making good on his declaration to grind every event on the schedule. Just one week ago, Deeb was sitting in 17th on the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard but after a deep run in the $10,000 Dealers Choice and two additional cashes, Deeb currently sits in seventh place. Now Upeska De Silva, Dan Zack and the others grinders who sit atop the POY leaderboard are looking over their shoulders at the former #1 PocketFiver who promised to make another run at the title.

Since we last checked in on Deeb, he finished in 28th in Event #28: $1,000 No Limit Hold’em for $8,989. His biggest score of the series thus far came in Event #35: $10,000 Dealers Choice where he finished in second place to defending champion Adam Friedman. Deeb was denied his fifth gold bracelet but picked up $193,090 as a consolation prize. He added a min-cash of $875 in Event #42: $600 Mixed No Limit Hold’em / Pot Limit Omaha to bring his current WSOP total just shy of a quarter million ($249,984).

That makes for eight total cashes for Deeb, three better than any other former-#1 online player ]at the halfway point of the series.

Moorman Tackles Large Field Events

While he has yet to have his 2019 WSOP breakout score, the All-Time Online Money List leader Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman has been picking up steam. Moorman has strung together five cashes in the last week and a half while mostly grinding the lower buy-in, large field tournaments.

His first cash of the series came in Event #25: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack where he finished in 57th place for a score of just over $3,000. He then posted simultaneous results, one while playing live and another while playing online. The 888poker ambassador made the money in Event #37: $800 No Limit Hold’em Deepstack, adding $1,422 to his bankroll while also making a run in his area of expertise, Event #38: $600 WSOP.com Online No Limit Hold’em Knockout Bounty. Here’s a look at Moorman’s recent string of results:

$600 Pot Limit Omaha Deepstack 57 $3,008
$1,000 Pot Limit Omaha 179 $1,636
$800 NLHE Deepstack 290 $1,422
$600 Online NLHE Knockout 173 $716
$600 Mixed NLHE/PLO 342 $875

Former #1’s Mix It Up

Event #42: $600 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot Limit Omaha drew quite a crowd with 2,403 entries. It also proved to be popular with former #1-ranked PocketFivers as five players we are keeping track of entered this event and turned a profit in it.

In addition to the aforementioned Deeb and Moorman, Tim ’Tmay420’ West finished in 163rd place for $1,357 helping him up over the $28,000 mark for the series. Right ahead of him was PocketFives Legacy Award winner Ari Engel who fell in 92nd place for $1,554. Engel has four cashes for the series totaling just over $19,000 himself.

Calvin ‘Cal42688’ Anderson had the deepest run of all the former #1’s, nearly making the final table in this event. Anderson finished in 11th place for $12,954, his fifth cash of the summer series.

Through 42

Through 42 events, 23 former #1-ranked PocketFivers have registered at least a single cash at this year’s World Series of Poker.

There have been 60 cashes between them for a total of $675,290. Eight of the 23 players have registered a result of five-figures or higher.