Chris Moneymaker

Chris Moneymaker

  • Country: United States
  • Biggest Cash: $2,500,000

Lifetime Live Winnings

$ 3,910,245

World Series Of Poker

1 x World Series of Poker

  • Lifetime Cashes: 6
  • Cashes Total: $2,552,930
  • Biggest Cash: $2,500,000

WPT Championships

1 x WPT Championships

  • Lifetime Cashes: 2
  • Cashes Total: $209,136
  • Biggest Cash: $200,000

EPT Championships

1 x EPT Championships

  • Lifetime Cashes: 7
  • Cashes Total: $92,023
  • Biggest Cash: $33,514

High Rollers

0 x High Roller Tournaments

  • Lifetime Cashes: 0
  • Cashes Total: $0
  • Biggest Cash: $0
Poker Series Win FT ITM To FT % ITM ITM to W% $
WSOP 1 1 16.67% 6 16.67% $2,552,930
WPT 1 2 100.00% 2 50.00% $209,136
EPT 1 1 14.29% 7 14.29% $92,023
AUSSIE MILLIONS 0 0 0% 0 0% $0
HIGH ROLLERS 0 0 0% 0 0% $0
TRITON 0 0 0% 0 0% $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.

Bibliography

  • 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)
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