Who is Chris Moneymaker?
Chris Moneymaker is one of the most well-known ambassadors in the world of professional poker.
The Moneymaker Poker Tour, which symbolizes the man, proudly offers a new series of poker events, with price points for all levels of players. There are events that are priced at that magic $86 level to commemorate his satellite victory. There are also high stakes buy in events and multi day events with large guarantees.
In 2003, Chris won the Main Event of The World Series of Poker (WSOP). His win was so inspirational, and exceptional, that he is often regarded as the player who helped professional poker grow into the worldwide phenomenon that it is today.
Chris is from Nashville, Tennessee, and at the time of his win he had worked as an accountant and a part time restaurant employee. He was a college graduate with a tax degree, and Chris decided to try his luck in an $86 online poker satellite tournament to earn a seat in the Main Event at the WSOP. He won that $10,000 entry seat and what happened next was Poker history in the making.
Chris went on to win the Main Event. The incredible coincidence that Chris’s last name symbolized the hopes and aspirations of all poker players, to be a profitable poker player and a money maker caught the attention of news outlets, and he became a household name across the country and the world. The news stories and coverage that were generated from this underdog story of a man investing $86 and winning $2.5 million made tournament poker so popular that it grew into one of the largest participation competitions of any before it.
There are many people around the world who play tournament poker today, and most of them can all point back to their memories of the day some guy named “Moneymaker” won that huge tournament.
Chris makes time to talk to any poker player who approaches him. So, if you see him, please make sure to say hello.