Lifetime Live Winnings$ 3,910,245
World Series Of Poker
- Lifetime Cashes: 6
- Cashes Total: $2,552,930
- Biggest Cash: $2,500,000
- Lifetime Cashes: 2
- Cashes Total: $209,136
- Biggest Cash: $200,000
- Lifetime Cashes: 7
- Cashes Total: $92,023
- Biggest Cash: $33,514
- Lifetime Cashes: 0
- Cashes Total: $0
- Biggest Cash: $0
Chris Moneymaker Biography & Poker Career
Christopher Bryan Moneymaker (born November 21, 1975) is an American poker player and former accountant, from Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Moneymaker famously qualified for the $10,000 buy-in WSOP Main event in 2003 via a satellite tournament – and navigated the tough field to secure an outright win for $2,500,000 after a heads-up battle with Sammy Farha.
Along the way to the final table, Chris put a bad beat on on poker icon Phil Ivey to eliminate him from the tournament. with the turn reading Q6Q9 , the chips went into the pot with Moneymaker holding AQ and Ivey (with 83% to win the hand) holding 99 for a full house. An ace on the river gave Chris a better full house, and Ivey – (probably the strongest player remaining in the field) was eliminated.
To add to the magic of the victory, it was Moneymaker’s his first time ever playing a live poker tournament.
The Moneymaker tournament win was broadcast far and wide by TV and sports networks – and the idea that a “regular Joe” could turn their hand to poker and win millions ignited huge interest and demand for live and online poker tournaments in the early 90’s (“The Moneymaker Effect“) – and Moneymaker’s name was etched into the poker history books forever.
To this day, Chris is a ‘Team Pro’ for poker brand Pokerstars.
- Moneymaker: How an Amateur Poker Player Turned $40 into $2.5 Million at the World Series of Poker (2005) ISBN 0-06-076001-X
- Chris Moneymaker: A True Story, Graphic Novel (2015)