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Life and times of Chris Moneymaker
It has been almost 11 years since Chris Moneymaker shocked the poker world by winning the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event and started what is known as the Moneymaker boom. So what is Moneymaker up to lately?
Moneymaker shared with his fans via a PokerStars blog that he has been keeping busy spending time with his family after his father passed away this March. Our condolences go out to Chris and his family.
Moneymaker has also been keeping busy on the felts in 2014, playing many smaller events including the Hollywood Poker Open and the WSOP Circuit stop in Cherokee, North Carolina. Earlier in the year, Moneymaker was one of the many Team PokerStars Pros playing at the PCA in the Bahamas.
Most recently, Moneymaker played in the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo and plans to stay in Monaco through the middle of May giving him and his family a much needed rest before he gears up for the 2014 WSOP grind this summer in Las Vegas.
Head to the PokerStars blog to find out more about the life and times of Chris Moneymaker.
Never give up!
In an aptly titled Full Tilt Poker blog, "Failing to prepare is preparing to fail", Marc “PlayinWitDreams” Kennedy describes how his quest began for a second Black Card sponsorship in the Rush High leaderboard almost failed just a few days into the contest.
The year started with the Rush Low leaderboard winner, "Trickshot625", moving up stakes and putting in heavy volume. Kennedy was just getting ready to play after taking a break for Christmas season finding himself behind the 8-ball. While many would give up, and Kennedy almost did when he saw how far behind he was to start the year, he eventually decided he wasn't giving up without a fight.
The post describes how Kennedy mentally prepared to grind 18-hour days playing eight tables of rush poker simultaneously. This is a feat that would be very difficult to keep up as it basically only gives time for playing with a less than full-night's sleep every night. Near the end of January, his opponent messaged him that he was giving up and Kennedy's perseverance and dedication should reward him with another Full Tilt Poker Black Card sponsorship.
Rather than give up on your goals yourself, check out the Full Tilt Poker blog to read more about Kennedy's path to the top of the Rush High leaderboard.
Getting prepared for Las Vegas
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Last week we discussed "P18ULL" (known as Paul to his friends) unique experience heading off to Venice for the 888 Live event. We enjoyed this amateur blogger's style and enthusiasm and you won't be disappointed reading about his self-described annual month long pilgrimage to Sin City.
I love reading about poker from the everyday man's point of view, and "P18ULL" can be described as both a poker player and a hardcore poker fan. This year marks his 25th year heading to Vegas and if I had some spare silver to give him to commemorate his dedication, I would be sending it his way. If my wife is reading this, rest assured I will save any silver for our 25th wedding anniversary.
Paul takes us through some of the 25 years including when the WSOP was initially held at Binions and his watching of Joe Hachem securing the Main Event bracelet the first time the tournament series was held at the Rio. He also talks about the excitement of his trip to the WSOP being only five weeks away.
We wish Paul the best of luck this year in Sin City. Head to the 888poker blog to read more.