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Chris Moneymaker

Chris Moneymaker
United StatesUnited States
Nashville, Tennessee
Poker Room
PokerStars PokerStars
Total winnings
$ 3,622,320
First place Finishes


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.”

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Tournaments and Winnings

Tournament Place Winnings
2017 WinStar River Poker Series
Main Event105th$4,089
2017 PokerStars Championship Sochi
Main Event15th1,815,000 RUB
2016 PokerStars Festival - New Jersey
$300 NL Hold'em PokerStars Cup11th$720
Hollywood Poker Open Season 4 Charles Town Regional Main Event
$1,115 Regional Main Event4th$10,080
Hollywood Poker Open Season 4 Toledo Regional Main Event
$1,115 Regional Main Event23rd$2,746
Hollywood Poker Open Season 3 Grantville Regional Main Event
Regional Main Event7th$4,402
2014 Hollywood Poker Open St. Louis Regional Event
HPO St. Louis Regional Championship1st$36,259
2014 Hollywood Poker Open Tunica Regional Event
HPO Tunica Regional Championship3rd$6,016
2012 EPT Sanremo
Main Event116th€8,000
2012 WinStar River Poker Series
Main Event86th$4,517
NBC National Heads-Up Championship 2011
$ 25,000 No Limit Hold'em2nd$300,000
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
$ 270 No Limit Hold'em - Turbo12th$1,390
$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event11th$130,000
EPT Grand Final
€ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em15th€1,600
€ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event69th€25,000
NBC National Heads-Up Championship 2010
$ 20,000 No Limit Hold'em9th$25,000
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
$ 200 Supersatellite to Main Event1st$10,300
2009 Gold Strike World Poker Open
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event3rd$60,110
$ 500 Mega Satellite1st$5,250
$ 500 Pot Limit Omaha1st$15,889
WSOP Circuit - Harrah's Tunica
$ 400 No Limit Hold'em2nd$16,552
Big Game Poker Championships
A$ 1,000 Championship Event - No Limit Hold'em1st56,730 AUD
APPT - Sydney
A$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em1st56,730 AUD
APPT Sydney
A$ 1,600 No Limit Hold'em - 6 Handed3rd24,840 AUD
The European Poker Championships
£ 5,200 Main Event - EPT No Limit Hold'em17th£12,230
2007 World Series of Poker
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em233rd$3,888
Deep Stack Extravaganza
$ 500 No Limit Hold'em33rd$674
2007 Gold Strike World Poker Open
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em18th$2,179
Poker After Dark
$ 20,000 Week 32nd
2006 World Series of Poker
$ 1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout28th$7,153
Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament Season 3
Heat 205th
Heat 146th
Heat 95th
Heat 51st$10,000
Heat 45th
Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament Season 2
Heat 233rd
Heat 176th
Heat 165th
Heat 104th
Heat 66th
Heat 15th
Poker Royale: Battle of the Sexes
Preliminary Match 55th
Preliminary Match 34th
Preliminary Match 16th
2004 Poker Classic
$ 6,000 No Limit Hold'em Final Day18th$13,000
The Gaming Club World Poker Championship (Pot Limit Hold'em)
€ 5,710 Episode 510th
The Fourth Annual Jack Binion Mid-America Poker Classic
$ 300 Pot Limit Hold'em3rd$10,239
2004 World Series of Poker
$ 5,000 Pot Limit Omaha10th$21,000
2004 - Bay 101 Shooting Stars
$ 5,000 WPT No Limit Hold'em Championship Final Day2nd$200,000
2003 World Series of Poker
$ 10,000 World Championship Event1st$2,500,000
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