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Over the course of the 2020 World Series of Poker, PocketFives will be checking in with Chris Moorman and Katie Lindsay as they chase down WSOP glory. This is Episode 4 of The House of Moorman and the first after the couple traveled to Mexico to play the GGPoker bracelet events. Chris Moorman arrived in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico with his computer, his golf clubs, and some of the necessities of life in early August set to grind some of the last flights of the World Series of Poker Online Millionaire Maker flights. He and Connor Drinan actually left Las Vegas before the WSOP.com schedule wrapped with the intention of using the Millionaire Maker as the jumping-off point of what was going to be a very successful Series. Moorman bricked the Millionaire Maker flights, but a big score was just around the corner. On Tuesday night, nearly two weeks after he arrived in Mexico, Moorman began working his way through the field in Event #58 ($5,000 Six NLHE Championship). One of the bigger buy-in events on the schedule, it drew 672 entries. As Moorman got deeper and deeper into the tournament, he noticed something change. "It was a weird one because felt like I was playing two different tournaments. The whole tournament being Six Max, and then the final table went to full ring and the final table bubble had gone on so long, that all the stacks were kind of messed up. (There were) so many sub-10 big blind stacks, so it kind of became a turbo rather than like a standard tournament," Chris said. Starting the nine-handed final table with the third shortest stack at just seven big blinds, Moorman needed to get hot at the right time. That's exactly what happened. "I doubled up and thought, 'Okay, here we go'. There was a few, five big blind stacks and then actually the eventual winner shoved three big blinds on the button I remember and he somehow got a fold from the both of the blinds and managed to shove three hands in a row and come back to over 10 bigs," Moorman said. "I remember that because I was like, 'Oh my God, not even a sweat to get a ladder.' We were nine-handed for so long with ridiculous stacks, I was just thinking, 'Oh, please don't come ninth for eighth' kind of thing. Like at least cash for something good here." Nearly two hours later, Moorman was heads-up against Ravid Garbi and even though he knew Garbi had chops, the former #1-ranked PocketFiver felt like he was about to grab the second bracelet of his career. The cards had other ideas and Moorman finished second and had to settle for a $393,393 score. "I really felt like I was going to win. But if I look back at the hands, there wasn't really any hand that I'd change how I played. So it just kind of wasn't meant to be," Moorman said. "I knew my opponent was professional as well. So it wasn't like I have a huge edge or anything, so I just did the best I could and it just wasn't meant to be this time." The tournament wrapped up around midnight and Moorman wasn't going to be going to sleep anytime soon. The adrenaline was pumping and the in-house cheering section consisting of Drinan, Joseph Cheong, and Chris' wife, Katie Lindsay. The crew had a few drinks to celebrate and Moorman used the time to reach out to everybody who was railing from home and had to wait to call his biggest fan. "I was waiting to call my dad because he's in the UK, so he's like six hours ahead. So I had to wait for him to wake up. So I was just had a couple of beers and just sort of replied to everyone who wrote me," Moorman said. "I had loads of support from friends and obviously at the time I just couldn't reply to them all, I was playing. So I was just was chatting to friends and stuff, waiting for my parents to wake up and then waiting until I basically was so tired I had to go to sleep." Lindsay actually waited a week before heading down to Mexico. She finished up the WSOP.com schedule and spent some time with friends in Las Vegas before flying down with Cheong. The house the group has rented in Nuevo Vallarta is in a nicer part of town and has amenities that will make it easy to focus on nothing but poker, including a chef. "He's been amazing. The first day, I think he got a little over-excited. He made so much food. It was on a Sunday. Nobody really eats on Sunday because they're just grinding so hard," Katie said. "We had all this food. They made this great presentation and then I had to come out and be like, 'No one is coming to lunch.' They didn't totally understand, but they got it." The next night the group enjoyed a surf and turf feast complete with steak, shrimp, and grilled lobsters and somehow made room for a flambe banana foster for dessert. The house sits right on a golf course that might just be a little too much for the housemates, who have only recently picked up the game. Oh, and there's also just a lot of poker going on. "There's a par 3 course we found as well because we're not that experienced yet. We've been playing quite a bit the last few months, but yeah. None of us is good yet," Chris said. "It'd be nice to get out and about, but it's just hard because every day there's a really sick event on. You have to be in there and play." Lindsay echoes the sentiment and can't help but fire up a full schedule nearly every day. "I don't want to overwhelm or play too many tables. It's not that, you're just like, 'Oh my God, how do you not play this? It's $100K for first, $50K for first.' There are just so many good tournaments," Katie said. Before those tournaments start each day or after a the end a little earlier than either Katie or Chris want, they've got a bunch of great local amenities that they're able to take advantage of either in preparation for their day, or to blow off a bit of steam after a long day. "Lots of restaurants. The market, the grocery store right down the street from our house is so nice. I couldn't even believe it," Katie said. "I just found a juice bar right down the street from our house. Sometimes when you're in Mexico, that can be hard to find, fresh-pressed, green juices and kombuchas and healthy products and stuff. It was so cool that this is just right down the street from our house." With a $393,000 score already in the bank, you'd think that Katie and Chris wouldn't mind turning the work trip into a bit more of a vacation with some more time on the golf course and some trips into Puerto Vallarta to take advantage of some of the local dining options. That runner-up finish only added fuel to the fire though. "Now I'm actually determined. I'm getting closer, a fourth, a second ... so now I'm actually determined to get the victory," Chris said.
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.
Over the course of the 2020 World Series of Poker, PocketFives will be checking in with Chris Moorman and Katie Lindsay as they chase down WSOP glory. This is Episode 2 of The House of Moorman. Katie Lindsay wants to get it on the record early. With her three cashes through the first nine events of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online, she’s still holding the lead over her husband Chris Moorman, who has just two. Not that anybody is keeping score. That second cash came on July 4, when Chris finished 124th in Event #4 ($500 NLHE Super Turbo) for $795.82. It wasn’t pretty. “I had to fold to min-cash with three big blinds,” Chris joked. That min-cash was just part of their low-key July 4th festivities. They picked up some lobster rolls from a local cafe that just opened down the street from their Las Vegas home and hung out by the pool while grinding the fastest structured tournament on the 2020 schedule. “It was weird though because it didn’t feel like a turbo at all and then all of a sudden it turned into a huge crapshoot and no on had more than ten bigs on the bubble,” Chris said. Once that was over, they hung out on their dock and watched some of the fireworks that other area residents were launching into the sky. Sunday was a good day for both of them on the tables. Katie finished fourth in the $320 WSOP.com Online Championship Sunday Special - not to be confused with the WSOP Online events - for $17,497.35 and Chris took down a $75 buy-in Knockout event. He almost didn’t register for it, knowing it’s usually a smaller event on Sundays but decided to add it to the other events he was grinding on Sunday. The win was worth nearly $6,800 but it lasted well into the night. “I’d rather win a smaller tournament then come second or third in a slightly bigger one just because it’s a nice feeling at the end to at least win it,” Chris said. If I had known how long it was going to go, I’m not sure I would have registered it in the first place.” Both Katie and Chris have been surprised to see unfamiliar names walking away with bracelets through the opening week and half of the schedule. “Everyone I know in Vegas is playing it and I’ve not really had one friend at a final table yet,” Chris said. All of that was supposed to change in Thursday’s $1,000 Six Max NLHE event. “Less recreational players like playing Six Max, it’s a slightly higher buy-in.” That’s not at all what happened. 70-year-old Ron ‘MacDaddy15’ MacMillen, playing online poker for the first time in his life, beat out 1,026 other entries to win the bracelet and $188,214. The winning moment was captured on video and shared on social media. “That video is amazing. I feel like that’s what it’s all about,” Chris said. “It brings out the magic of the World Series. It’s good to see.” The success that Chris and Katie have had at the tables the past weeks is made all the more impressive by the fact that they’ve been dealing with some early-rising, noisy house guests. For the past month, renovators have been re-doing the three bathrooms inside their house, arriving each day at 8 am - but they wanted to start earlier. “They tried to start at 7. They come one day and I said ‘You can’t start at 7’. If we’re playing poker until one in the morning, it’s too early,” Katie said. The pair have developed a routine though to help keep them sane through the renovations. Katie gets to get out of the house in the morning to get a workout in and Chris stays behind to answer any questions that the contractors have. Once Katie gets home, Chris heads out to play pickleball or golf before coming back home to start the day. Fortunately for the pair, the contractors are usually out of the house before each day’s bracelet event begins. Moorman, a former #1 on PocketFives, is quite happy returning to his roots as an online grinder while live poker is on hiatus. “I enjoy (online) more. You can’t replicate the feeling of making a live final table, but it’s just so hard,” Chris said, one year after winning a Wynn $1,600 No Limit Hold’em event for $107,590. “Live poker is quite draining for me and mentally sort of challenging, whereas online if you have a bad day, you can just come back the next day and reset.” It’s the opposite for Katie. Playing events in Las Vegas throughout the year means running into the same group of people over and over again. The tourists and recreational players that populate WSOP bracelet events each summer offer a totally different dynamic and it has nothing to do with how soft the fields become. “I love talking to people. I love meeting people. That’s why the World Series is just one of my favorites,” Katie said. “Sitting next to a 75-year-old Navy vet - my dad was in the Navy - and talking about where they were stationed and I just love stuff like that. It’s so cool hearing people’s stories. They’re excitement of just being there and you just feed off that energy.” “I miss it so much.”
Over the course of the 2020 World Series of Poker, PocketFives will be checking in with Chris Moorman and Katie Lindsay as they chase down WSOP glory. Normally at this time of year, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Chris Moorman and his wife Katie Lindsay are busy making daily runs to and from the Rio Hotel as they grind the World Series of Poker and various other tournaments around town. With the 2020 WSOP postponed and 31 bracelet events available on WSOP.com, the couple is bunkered down inside their Las Vegas home ready to win a bracelet - or two - from the comfort of their kitchen, or bedroom, or sure, even the pool. The No Limit Hold’em-heavy schedule plays into the strong suits of Katie and Chris and they’ll be playing almost daily, save for maybe the Omaha 8-or-better event. While the city was shut down for a while, the pair continued to find ways to keep busy. Along with putting more volume on the virtual felt, Katie has developed an at-home workout routine and Chris has been spending as much time as possible in their backyard with their dog. They’ve also recently started spending time with their newest neighbor, another crusher who moved into the neighborhood. “We are lucky to have a house on a lake so we can go kayaking or hang out by the pool,” Katie says. “We actually started playing the first event from the pool with our neighbor Connor Drinan before eventually moving inside.” The opening day of the WSOP events on WSOP.com couldn’t have gone much better for both players. Chris made two final tables before WSOP Event #1 ($500 NLHE) even started. Katie shined brightest though. She navigated her way through a 371-runner field in the $215 WSOP Summer Special $75,000 Guaranteed event to take home $20,485.80. Then she worked her way into the money of Event #1, finishing 149th for $1,003.27. Chris wasn’t so fortunate in the bracelet event, busting before the money. Not that anybody’s actually keeping score, but that’s Katie 1, Chris 0. The Day 2 narrative felt a lot like the Day 1 narrative. Chris made one final table in a mid-afternoon event while Katie binked a satellite into that night’s bracelet event, Event #2 ($1,000 No Limit Hold’em) and, like she did on Wednesday, worked her way into the money, finishing 122nd for $1,571. Chris bricked again. Katie 2, Chris 0. And yeah, they’re keeping score. They’re both hyper-competitive and have had plenty of run-ins at the tables over the years. They’re not going to take it easy with each other, the pride at stake is too much. “People that think couples might soft-play against each other have never been at a table with Chris and I,” Katie says. “Anybody who has ever played with us knows we’re super competitive.” “She loves to try and bubble me,” Chris jokes. The competition won’t end when the 31 bracelet events do. They’ll be joining a handful of other pros heading down to Mexico the second that last event wraps up and will be immediately jumping into action on GGPoker to play the remainder of that schedule. “I think the first event we’ll play is the Millionaire Maker,” Chris says. “We have to miss a few events that I’d like to play, like the Colossus, because of the overlap.” The Mexico plans include a house with a number of other pros and on on-site chef and concierge so they can focus all of their attention on the poker. That won’t quite me the modus operandi on Saturday, however. The couple will be celebrating July 4th at their house. A few cocktails, some button clicking in the Super Turbo bracelet event on the schedule, and there are lobster rolls on the menu. And maybe, Chris will get rid of the goose egg.