Chris MoneymakerThu, 12 Jun 2008 14:48
A poker biography of Chris Moneymaker.
Name - Chris Moneymaker
Born - 1975, Atlanta, Georgia, United StatesPoker Room - Pokerstars.com
Nobody knew his name when he was still an amateur poker player. That was why, during the 2003 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, a lot of poker fans were surprised by the victory and championship of then novice Chris Moneymaker.
At that time, Chris actually joined a satellite tournament along with the other 839 poker players until they were down to 111 players on day three, and to 45 players for the next playing day. When the fourth day kicked in and only nine players made it to the championship event, as televised through ESPN, Chris MoneyMaker kept the audience alive by his betting styles and strategies. The poker player definitely won the crowd's awe as he swept off the $2.5 million pot money on the last day of the event. Hence, Chris made the 2003 World Series of Poker the longest and largest poker event to date because it took five days to have him heralded as the new poker champion.
A new champ, indeed, was born but Barbara and Bernie Greenspan, Chris' beloved parents, did not have a real clue of how big a success Chris would have in poker; even though Mr. Bernie Greenspan used to play blackjack games with his son, he did not realize that he was training a future poker champ. Originally starting out as a bridge player with his granny as his constant contender, Chris gradually developed a liking for card games even at such a tender age. However, when he was about to go to college, he chose to get a degree on Accounting to live a financially secured life. He worked as an accountant and enjoyed his success in his chosen field which included attaining high positions in five of the biggest firms in the US.
But later on, his desire for card games seemed to overcome his routinary lifestyle as an accountant. He played poker games, such as Texas Hold'em, together with his friends in different houses until he went to Tunica, Mississippi to challenge the poker community in the Goldstrike Casino, which is a four-hour drive from his home. Though it was his first time to participate in such kind of live tournament, he was not so lucky and instead, lost his entire bankroll in the event. Even with this experience, Chris was not crestfallen and he continued to play; not long after, he joined more tourneys where he gathered and eventually, increased his winnings.
Until today, Chris has been making a mark in the poker world. He now joins the prestigious legion of poker players who had to battle it out with some famous poker celebrities such as Johnny Chan, Howard Lederer, Paul Darden, and Jamie Gold. Chris has also made it to several of the world's major and most popular poker tourneys like the Foxwoods World Poker Finals, the World Poker Tour Invitationals, the Bay 101 Shooting Stars tourneys, the PokerStars Caribbean Poker Adventure, and the Monte Carlo European Poker Tour Grand Final.
Amazingly, the player's success did not end in the realm of poker. In addition to his poker achievements, Chris is a literary enthusiast and a book publisher, known for his work entitled "Moneymaker: How an Amateur Poker Player Turned $40 into $2.5 million at the World Series of Poker." He also put up the Moneymaker Gaming company to support players who are determined to follow his footsteps in poker.