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Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker adds Hollywood Poker Open St. Louis title

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Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker is always remembered for winning an online satellite and running it into the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event championship to beat Sam Farha heads-up. Now he has a new title to add to his impressive WSOP score — the Hollywood Poker Open St. Louis Regional Championship.

The final battle came down to Moneymaker and Frank Wyville in a very short heads-up match with Wyville taking home $22,395 for his second-place finish.

Moneymaker started the day fifth in chips but took the position of chip leader in short order and kept the heat on by eliminating seven of his nine opponents at the final table. With his win, he scored the $36,295 first-place prize and a seat in Las Vegas in June to the $2,500 HPO Championship Event.

When play was at four-handed, Moneymaker went to war with the {9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} against James Bartlett who held {a-Spades}{a-Clubs}. With all of his chips in the middle, Moneymaker had no other option than to run out a straight to send Bartlett to the rail..

HPO St. Louis Payouts

1Chris Moneymaker$36,259
2Frank Wyville$22,395
3James Basham$17,063
4Todd Bartlett$10,664
5Shabtai Moria$8,531
6Jovan Sudar$6,399
7Todd Metheny$5,332

Damjan Radanov hit the rail first after the final table was determined — his pair of aces didn't get any help after Moneymaker turned two pair. It took a full hour for the next bustout to hit the cashier.

Mark Fledderman started the day as chip leader but took a stand with {q-Diamonds}{q-Hearts} against a four-bet shove from Moneymaker who had {a-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}. When the board brought no help to Fledderman, he was out empty-handed.

Moneymaker kept building his chip stack for almost two hours as the bubble loomed. Matthew Kingston did the honors when he moved all-in out of the small blind with {9-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} holding less than 20 big blinds, he was called by Wyville in the big blind — {k-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}. The bubble burst when Wyville’s hand held.

Todd Metheny was eliminated by Moneymaker in seventh place and Jovan Sudar was next to go, leaving in sixth place.

Then there were four and after the dinner break Moneymaker busted Bartlett’s aces to bring the competition down to three with Moneymaker holding nearly 80 percent of the chips in play. Basham and Wyville could never put anything together in trying to battle past Moneymaker's lead.

Basham lost a race to Moneymaker and finally, Wyville put the last of chips in with {5-Spades}{4-Spades} and the HPO Tour Ambassador called with {k-Clubs}{5-Clubs}. The King-high hand held up to give Moneymaker the win.

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