Over the course of the 2020 World Series of Poker, PocketFives is checking in with Chris Moorman and Katie Lindsay as they chase down WSOP glory. This is Episode 3 of The House of Moorman.
Katie doesn’t want to talk about it.
Over the last week, her husband Chris put together four World Series of Poker Online cashes over four consecutive days to take over the household lead for most cashes for the first time since the Series began. Chris now leads 8-5. It’s become a source of good-natured ribbing during the first three weeks of action.
“It was always going to happen,” Chris jokes.
Katie is quick to jump to her own defense.
“He gets to play games I don’t play,” Katie says. “Okay, you made the final table, but I don’t even play PLO.”
The final table Katie is referencing is Event #20 ($500 PLO Six Max) where Chris finished fourth. That final table came at the end of a long day of drinking and somehow, donuts for dinner.
“Joe Cheong came over. He plays more PLO than me, so his rule was you can’t play PLO sober,” Chris says. “He’d been out for lunch beforehand and he’d already had a few drinks so I had to catch up. We started drinking at 4 pm when we got into the tournament.”
Cheong got knocked out, but Chris kept pressing on – both in the tournament and the drinks. They hadn’t made any dinner plans, so Cheong took matters into his own hands.
“He went and got Pinkbox Doughnuts. I just kept getting a donut every hour and then I was on the final table,” Chris says. That run to the final table included a hand that forced Chris to use all of his available cognitive function with just 50 players remaining.
“I flopped two pair and the turn went check-check. I rivered a low full house – maybe the third nut full house – and I just bet for value,” Chris says. “My opponent raised all in, which threw me off a bit, so I used almost all of my time bank time before calling because it was just a weird line for a bluff. And he just had absolute nonsense basically.”
That hand propelled Chris to the final table where he ran into another set of challenges entirely. After enduring a long final table bubble, Chris ended up seated on the direct left of Kevin Gerhart, the big stack and eventual winner.
“I had the worst seat and in PLO, ICM is way more of a thing than in Hold’em. I had to hope to pick up hands and hold. I couldn’t really do much,” Chris says. The fourth place finish came with a $28,601 payday and even though he got close to winning a second bracelet, he was happy with how it all turned out.
“I was pretty drunk, so to get a good score out of that felt like a free hit for me,” Chris says. “I was just playing for some fun, having a a few drinks. I would never do that in a No Limit tournament. It was good to get a nice score out of it.”
That score came 48 hours after the couple celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary. They celebrated by heading out to play golf in the morning and some pool time in the afternoon before jumping into Event #18 ($1,000 NLHE Turbo Deepstack). Katie busted before the money, but Chris built up a stack and was poised to put up a run.
“I made a swap with one of Connor (Drinnan)’s friends who I’ve meet a couple of times. We had the same stack and so I swapped with him with like 30 left,” Chris says. That friend was Scott ‘BudLightLime’ Hempel, who went on to win the tournament. “That was a fun one to watch. We were just sweating the coverage on the delay on the TV. Railing a Turbo is quite fun because there’s action every hand. … We were just having a few drinks, making money ladders. It was fun.”
The pair also had a house guest join them for a few days. Tiffany Michelle, who has been friends with Katie since before Tiffany made her deep run in the 2008 WSOP Main Event, made the trip up from Los Angeles to get in on the WSOP action.
“She came for a couple of days. That was fun. Her and I played from the pool a lot, which is pretty funny. One of the days the umbrella flew over us into the pool and we thought ‘okay, maybe this isn’t a good idea’ because it was windy that day so we had to get out.”
Having Tiffany around gave Katie a chance to kick back and relax, but didn’t stop her from playing nearly every day. The only days she hasn’t played a bracelet event was when it was a Pot Limit Omaha event and she used those days to get out of the house and see some friends.
“Monday, I didn’t play the PLO so I went to dinner with Kami Hudson. Then she came back over here afterwards and hung out a little bit,” Katie says. “One other tournament I didn’t play, the PLO8 I went to dinner with Kami and another girlfriend. I’ve only taken two off this whole time.”
Chris has been playing every day but hasn’t found the workload to be too heavy.
“A lot of these days, for example today it’s the Turbo, I’m going to play the Turbo and then one other side event and then when I’m done I’m done,” Chris says. “So it doesn’t feel like a day of poker to me because I didn’t play in the morning. I just sort of hung out all day and just playing the turbo, so for me that’s a day off.”
Chris will be skipping the last few days of the WSOP.com events to get to Puerto Vallarta and start playing the events on GGPoker. Originally, the plan was to play all 31 WSOP.com events and then fly to Mexico to start things off with the Millionaire Maker. Taking a deeper look at the schedule, Chris realized he’d have to leave earlier if he wanted to get in on that specific tournament.
“He’s decided he wants to go earlier, because we didn’t realize the Millionaire Maker is a phase tournament. We just saw Millionaire Maker Sunday so we thought boom we’ll just finish out WSOP and fly out the first of August and play Millionaire Maker Sunday, but it’s a phase tournament so you have to qualify before,” Katie says.
Katie plans to stay in Vegas for at least a week and catch up with some friends before flying down to join Chris, Connor and his fiance to play out the rest of the GGPoker events. There is, after all, a scoreboard.