Back in 2003, Chris Moneymaker qualified for the World Series of Poker Main Event on an unheralded site called “PokerStars”. To the surprise of everyone, Moneymaker navigated his way through a shark-infested field to take down the Main Event and its $2.5 million first place prize. It was Moneymaker’s first live poker tournament.
There was a tremendous amount of publicity attached to Moneymaker’s win – in fact, he even appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The story – a simple accountant wins millions after successfully doing battle with hundreds of poker sharks – captured the attention of the world. The “Moneymaker Effect” led millions of people to online poker rooms and the poker boom was born.
Many poker professionals come and go, though Moneymaker has managed to remain in the game for well over a decade. Moneymaker, likely thanks to his accounting background, seems like he is smart with his money, which has allowed him to remain a part of the poker community for all of these years.
Chris continues to appear on the live poker tournament circuit. In short – Moneymaker is still living the life, touring as a professional poker player and serving as a member of Team PokerStars Pro and as an ambassador for the Hollywood Poker Open.