Big Huni Becomes 5th Man to Win $5 Million Online
Four years ago, Chris Moorman became the first player in online poker history to eclipse $10 million in online poker tournament earnings. Since that time only three other players had joined him in what PocketFives calls the “$10M Club.”
A fifth player has now joined that elite group. Chris Hunichen, better known online as “Big Huni,” has now eclipsed the $10 M mark and begins his own chase of moorman1.
Hunichen Wins Partypoker High Roller to Join $10 M Club
According to a report on PocketFives.com, Hunichen moved past $10 Million in online tournament earnings on October 3rd when he won the partypoker $530 High Roller. That event netting him $15,454 and put him into elite company.
Big Huni has been a fixture of the online poker world for over a decade. He has online tournament scores dating all the way back to 2006 where he spent the majority of his time on Full Tilt Poker.
Over the years, Hunichen has racked up over 6,500 recorded online tournament cashes with over 600 top 3 finishes. He’s won 275 online poker tournaments over the years, including 2 WCOOP titles.
His largest online score came recently in the partypoker Powerfest $500k High Roller. He took down the event to earn $143,325.
Big Huni has 2 other six-figure scores. In 2016, Hunichen took down the PokerStars WCOOP $10,300 8 Max High Roller for over $105k. In 2013, he won the Super Tuesday at PokerStars for over $103k.
Since eclipsing the $10 Million mark, he’s had a handful of cashes, including a 2nd place finish in the partypoker $150k Gtd High Roller this past weekend for $34k.
Chris Hunichen presently has $10,038,334 in live tournament earnings.
Moorman Still the Man to Catch
Chris Moorman, aka moorman1, is still the man to catch atop the Online Poker All-Time Earnings Leaderboard. He has $14.26 Million in online tournament earnings and more than a $3.3 million lead over the next closest player.
Online poker tournaments aren’t the same as live events. There aren’t a significant number of regularly running events awarding $500k + like there are in live tournament poker.
That’s one reason you’ll notice that the largest single score by any player in the top 5 is $235k, and that coming from Moorman. Online poker is more about volume and consistent play over hitting a few monster scores like in live poker.
A live tournament player can go months or even years of having mediocre results and then turn things around after hitting a monster score in a High Roller Event or taking down a event like the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open for $1 Million +.
If you look at the top 10 on the Online Poker Money List, you’ll see that every player has a huge number of online cashes. Big Huni is actually on the low end of the spectrum compared to others on the list.
Looking ahead, there are a few players that could join Big Huni in the $10 M Club in the near future. Johannes Korsar, aka “Greenstone25” is less then $70k away from eclipsing $10 Million. Chris Oliver, aka “Gettin Daize” is about $340k away.
However, as long as Chris Moorman continues to play well online, he will remain the man to beat. At his present rate, he will probably eclipse $15 million in online tournament earnings sometime in 2018.
Can Moorman eclipse $20 Million? If he can continue his consistent play, it’s just a matter of time. However, that is a number he won’t reach for a quite a few years yet.
Stats Courtesy of PocketFives.com.