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Chris Moneymaker

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Chris Moneymaker is the name most synonymous with the poker book. In 2003, the accountant from Tennessee opened everyone’s eyes when he turned a $40 online tournament satellite into millions after winning the WSOP Main Event.

Unknown to the poker world prior to his big win, Moneymaker entered the Main Event in 2003 as another dead-money entrant from the pros’ eyes. The first few days of the event saw Chris locking horns with some of the best players in the world. Along the way, Moneymaker battled with such heavyweights as Howard Lederer, Phil Ivey, and Sam Farha. Farha actually placed second that year and was at the hands of a huge bluff run by Moneymaker when the two were in heads-up action. After making Farha lay down the winning hand, Moneymaker seemed to gain all the confidence and momentum he needed to win the event.

After his big win, Chris quit his day job as an accountant and began playing tournaments around the world. While doing so, he also started his own company and became a member of Team PokerStars.

A year after his WSOP victory, Moneymaker placed second at the 2004 Shooting Star WPT event for $200,000. He would cash in a few other events here and there over the years that followed, but nothing seemed of much significance to the poker community and many deemed Chris as a one-hit wonder. What many people don’t know though is that Chris actually placed sixth in the 2008 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) Main Event held by PokerStars. The event was a whopping $10,300 buy-in and boasted some of the best players around. He would take home over $139,000 for his finish.

Oftentimes questioned about the truthfulness of his last name, Moneymaker is widely considered to be the biggest catalyst to the poker boom. After he won the Main Event in 2003, tournament field sizes grew exponentially over the next few years as more and more amateur players began taking to the felt at the World Series. It was with this occurrence that long-time poker profession Mike Matusow coined the phrase, “Thank God for Chris Moneymaker.”

Covered Events

Event Place Prize
2019 PokerStars EPT Open Sochi
₽133,000 EPT Open Main Event
119th 227,500 RUB
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship
687th $20,200
2019 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Vegas @ Aria
$10,300 Main Event
9th $80,000
2017 WinStar River Poker Series
Main Event
105th $4,089
2017 PokerStars Championship Sochi
Main Event
15th 1,815,000 RUB
2016 PokerStars Festival - New Jersey
$300 NL Hold'em PokerStars Cup
11th $720
Hollywood Poker Open Season 4 Charles Town Regional Main Event
$1,115 Regional Main Event
4th $10,080
Hollywood Poker Open Season 4 Toledo Regional Main Event
$1,115 Regional Main Event
23rd $2,746
Hollywood Poker Open Season 3 Grantville Regional Main Event
Regional Main Event
7th $4,402
2014 Hollywood Poker Open St. Louis Regional Event
HPO St. Louis Regional Championship
1st $36,259
2014 Hollywood Poker Open Tunica Regional Event
HPO Tunica Regional Championship
3rd $6,016
2012 PokerStars.com EPT Sanremo
Main Event
116th €8,000
2012 WinStar River Poker Series
Main Event
86th $4,517
2011 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship
NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship
2nd $300,000
2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
Main Event
11th $130,000
2010 PokerStars.com EPT Grand Final - Monte Carlo
Main Event
69th €25,000
2010 NBC Heads-Up Poker Championship
$20,000 Heads-up Championship
15th $25,000
2007 EPT - London
EPT London - Main Event
17th £12,230
2007 World Series of Poker
Event 3 - $1,500 No Limit Holdem
233rd $3,888