We caught up with Chris Moorman recently to talk about his upcoming book on poker. To date Moorman boasts over $10m in online tournament winnings (more than anyone else on the planet now or ever), close to $4m in live tournament earnings, a World Poker Tour title and a recent win at our $200k Guaranteed Sunday under his belt, who else is better qualified to write a book. If you missed part 1 read it first here.
What book titles did you consider?
Well the obvious is Book of Moorman, and we would have loved to call it that but the copyright issues kept us from being able to do so. I’m happy with Moorman’s Book of Poker…it’s still similar and I think people get the point.
Do you have any concerns about working with your co-author Byron Jacobs?
I have none because firstly he has a lot of experience with publishing and writing poker books. Second, it’s his hands I am reviewing, so even if say he messed up a hand, that’s the point. I teach and explain how to correct the mistakes.
How are you going to manage the writing with your playing schedule? Are you well organized?
Organization is perhaps not my strongest point, but for things I care about and have a passion for I am very dedicated. This book has been and will definitely be a challenge as I have never done anything like this before, but I am excited and looking forward to it. Once the book is completed I will have written around 50,000 words across 100 hand histories, which sounds daunting up front, but I have found that once I got started it was easier than I expected.
What is your favorite poker book and why?
I discovered Dan Harrington’s Harrington on Hold’em when I was first starting to take the game more seriously. He managed to keep his book simple and easy to read whist covering new concepts, which I was unfamiliar with at the time.
Why have we never seen you working for an online training site?
I have had a number of great offers over the years but I felt like online poker is my livelihood and I didn’t want to reveal exactly how I tend to play online tournaments. I feel like this would be giving up too much information about my game and would hurt my bottom line significantly.
What are your strengths as a coach?
I have very little experience coaching but I feel like my consistent results over a long period of time at an ever-changing game is more than enough for people to see. Additionally I’m always talking strategy and discussing hands with great-minded poker friends.
What parts of your game are really going to be emphasized in this book?
All parts, really. The book isn’t focusing on one particular part but more a combination of pre-flop, and post-flop – particularly including turn and river decisions, which can often be more complicated.
What fears do you have about this book?
Obviously this is the first book I’ve ever written so I want to make sure I get my points across well. I wouldn’t say I have fears per say – I just want to do a great job and help people as best I can.
What do you think you will learn from this experience?
I feel like it will help me possibly identify some leaks I may have in my game as I review so many hands. Also I think something like this can really show you what you are capable of. As I said before writing 50,000 words sounds so daunting, but once it is done I think I will have a new sense of accomplishment.
Are we going to see a mixture of live and online hands in the book?
No, this book will solely be based upon hands that my co-author, Byron Jacobs has played online, which I will then analyze. In the future I am open to writing about my own hands, both live and online.
How is the book going to be structured?
We will show a diagram of the table and set up of the hand, Byron will explain what he did and why and then I will give my analysis as to what he did right, wrong and what could be done differently.
What is your opinion of the current state of poker in general?
I think the game is always getting tougher as more people figure things out. Hopefully things will change in America in the next few years and bring a lot of new life into the game. Also, currently there are a lot of great ambassadors for the game and I love that people are always looking at ways we can make it more accessible to new players.