By Chris Moneymaker
In 2004 the variety of entrants -- and the profitable pool -- on the international sequence of Poker tripled, thank you largely to Chris Moneymaker, an novice participant who got here out of nowhere to win the 2003 sequence, and turn out to novices and poker professionals alike that whatever is feasible with a chip and a chair.
Moneymaker was once a tender accountant from Tennessee who enjoyed to gamble yet in simple terms took up playing cards after collage. 3 years later he was once taking part in a $40 online game of on-line Texas carry 'Em and gained a coveted seat on the 2003 global sequence of Poker. Borrowing cash to get to Las Vegas, he entered his first real-time match and spent the subsequent 4 days scuffling with for a best spot on the ultimate table.
Filled with every little thing from his early playing ventures to a play-by-play of his significant arms on the international sequence of Poker, Moneymaker is a gripping, fast moving tale for an individual who has ever dreamed of profitable it big.
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Or maybe he had nothing and ﬁgured he’d double up on his chips just before the break, give the rookie two seats to his left something to think about over dinner. I was ﬂying blind, but I was determined not to be outplayed. Not now, this deep into the ﬁrst day. Not after I had built up such a strong chip position at my table. Not just before the dinner break. Not by Dan Harrington. The turn came up on another low card. There was no straight out there. There was no ﬂush. There was no obvious hand for me to put him on, but whatever he had, he was playing it.
The two-millionth hand,” he repeated. “In the history of Paradise Poker. You know, ever. ” I said, wanting to know if this guy was a player or just some dumb-luck mope who happened to be in the right place at the right time. “Ten-cent, twenty-ﬁve-cent games,” he said. ” Right then I was back in it. Here was a guy playing microstakes, just for fun, who happened to catch a round-numbered hand in the middle of a promotion. Here was a guy I could maybe pick on a little bit and play against. Here was a guy who might even have less experience than me.
Hell, we did everything together, or just about, and we still do. ) I look back over my various experiences at UT, and I’ll be damned if Bruce isn’t somewhere in the picture; if he’s not front and center, he’s off somewhere to the side, never too far from the action. The two of us took to sports betting in a big way, and early on, it seemed like it would stake us indeﬁnitely. Bruce was a year behind me, a Pi Kappa Phi pledge to my veteran sophomore status, and he came along around the time I had my ﬁrst taste of sports betting on that UT-Mississippi football game.
Moneymaker: How an Amateur Poker Player Turned $40 into $2.5 Million at the World Series of Poker by Chris Moneymaker