The British 32-year-old, who initially kept his gambling activities a secret from his mom and told her he was stacking shelves as his part-time job, is now a multi-millionaire after he became the world's top online poker player.
Chris Moorman first played Texas Hold'em for fun and to earn some money on the sides while he was still studying at the University of Essex, and from that, he was able to accumulate £50,000 when he was just 21 years old!
Chris grew up in Basildon, Essex with his NHS worker mom Sonya and credit controller dad Simon.
After he decided to quit his economics degree, which turned out to be the best decision for him, he then went on to win a whopping €1 million in total prize pots at Cannes and LA. He went on to say that at that time, he left the casino with a million euros just stashed in his backpack!
Now, he lives a life of luxury and comfort along with his poker agent wife in Las Vegas, Nevada, after he continued to win £3 million at live events as well as over £10 million from online poker tournaments.
He said, "Winnings gradually increased over the years. It would have been nice to have a huge win early on but at the same time it kept me more level-headed. When I came second at Cannes, it was a bit surreal to win so much. There was another tournament in Italy, so I got a taxi over the border with €1 million in my backpack. That was scary. The money was easy to carry because euros come in 500 notes. I wouldn't do it again but, luckily, I got away with it."
This year's June, Chris took home $500,000 (around £375,000) after he won the WSOP (World Series of Poker) gold bracelet at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. He said, "I felt on top of the world. I'd been trying to win it for 11 years so it was a great feeling. I'd worked so hard to get there and all my friends were watching, cheering me on."
Even though he is extremely wealthy now, Chris claims he has not allowed this to go to his head, saying he isn't even interested in wearing or spending on designer clothes. Instead, he enjoys spending his money and time mostly on traveling with his wife Katie chartering helicopters, paragliding off a mountain in New Zealand, and cage diving with great white sharks in South Africa.
Chris is currently 888poker's British ambassador, and he went back to his hometown this week to participate in the 888Live Festival London held at Aspers Casino in East London scheduled from October 5 to 16. The grand prize is £650,000.
Also, at the event, he is going to release his autobiography entitled "Moorman: The Inside Story of the Most Successful Online Poker Player Of All Time."