WSOP Player Spotlight: Chris Moneymaker

With a name like "Chris Moneymaker," you don’t really need a nickname for the poker tables. Surprisingly enough, however, that name is not an adopted moniker. Rather, it is an adaptation of a German name that comes from his ancestors who made gold and silver coins for a living. Moneymaker has successfully made true on his name in another sense, by obtaining over $3 million in tournament winnings since his entry into professional poker.

It is said that Moneymaker made history with his 2003 WSOP Main Event championship victory due to the fact that he was the first player to ever get into the WSOP Main Event through an online satellite. His success spawned an increase in online poker with players aiming for major satellites, which is now referred to as the "Moneymaker Effect."

Unlike many poker players, Chris Moneymaker actually finished his college degree, obtaining a Master’s in accounting. He worked two jobs, one full time and one part time, prior to his victory at the WSOP, which marked his entry into professional poker playing. Since that time he has gone on to other tournament victories, including a total of four money finishes in WSOP events. He also used his reputation in poker to spur other gaming related projects, including a gaming website and his own autobiography, which mostly details his path to the top during the 2003 WSOP Main Event.

He has gone on to prove that it was far more than luck that got him there. He finished second in a World Poker Tour tournament and final tabled in numerous other prominent tournaments. He has also become a Poker Stars spokesman.

Chris Moneymaker currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife and child. He plays both live games and online poker while pursuing other gaming related projects.

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