The Moneymaker Effect

Okay, let me tell you what ‘the money maker effect” is about. It’s all about a regular guy who digs playing poker and winning against the odds, with a big cash bonus. The entire thing, it’s a metaphor for beating the odds

The Moneymaker Effect

The Moneymaker Effect

The ‘Moneymaker Effect’ is not about this sensitive gut, who plays in a few tournaments and settles for a quiet stack. Lemme tell you what ‘the Moneymaker Effect” is about. It’s all about this dude who’s a regular Joe, he works a regular job, nine to five, (an accountant no less, with a degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee) but inside he’s thinking about poker. I’m talking morning, day, night, afternoon, he’s thinking cards, cards, cards, cards, cards, cards, cards, cards, cards. And if you’re thinking ”how much poker is that?” the answer is “a lot”.

Then one day he enters this $39 online entry WSOP satellite event, and it’s like, whoa baby, this cat is like Steve McQueen in the Cincinnati Kid, he’s sweeping pots. Now, he’s gettin’ this serious poker action and he’s feeling something he ain’t felt since forever. Winning, on a grand scale like a seasoned pro. Moneymaker swapped his 39 bucks, for a seat in the next round, and then a tournament and THEN one of 839 seats at the World Series of Poker main event with some serious poker pros.

Cos when this cat started winning, he couldn’t stop. And it shocked people, it shouldn’t have because he was only playing the cards he was dealt, but when this tourist kept winning it shook up these pros.  At just 29, Monkeymaker went and won the tournament with a full house (holding the 5 of Diamonds and 4 of Spades) against Sam Farha’s pair of Jacks.

Now you’d be forgiven for thinking that Chris picked “Moneymaker” as an online moniker but the truth is that Chris Moneymaker was born with his name. It comes from his forebears’ trade of minting coins (from gold and silver) a modification of their German “Nurmacher.” What Chris Moneymaker did is believed to have motivated millions of keen poker amateurs to have a go at online tournaments aiming for  the big money poker tournaments, around the world.

Chris’ win at the WSOP took him from being a nobody, to  a poker celebrity, overnight. He’s competed in some of the biggest games in town. In 2004 Chris finished second at the World Poker Tour (WPT) Bay 101 Shooting Stars tournament, collecting another $200,000 to add to his roll and he finished tenth in the US$5,000 Pot Limit Omaha event. Moneymaker continues to play and to win; and keeps cropping up in big games. He’s played on the Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT), the European Poker Tour (EPT) and is regularly seen at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) in The Bahamas every January.

The dollars and the life style are on thing but the reason that Chris Moneymaker will live forever, in online poker’s hall of fame is because his actions christened an effect.

You see that WSOP win went to show these Poker Machines what it’s like to be bestestd by an outsider, who took them on at their own game and went all the way from a $39 online civilian tournament to the first prize of $2.5 million at the WSOP. Hence “the Moneymaker Effect”.


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