It's been ten years since Chris Moneymaker changed poker history by outlasting a field of 839 players to turn a $39 satellite seat into a $2.5 million payday. The win is credit as a major contributing factor to the poker boom and multiplied entries into the Main Event for years to come.
A clean-shaven Moneymaker is in today's field looking to do something that he hasn't done since 2003... make a deep run and cash in the Main Event. Despite his other successes, which includes winning his Invitational Rematch against Sammy Farha at the 2011 WSOP, Moneymaker is still looking to recapture that Main Event magic. A ten-year anniversary sounds like a pretty good time to do it.
In a recent hand involving Moneymaker, who is seated in the Pavilion Room, a player in the hijack raised and former Tennessee accountant three-bet to 1,025 from the cutoff. The button and blinds folded, the hijack called and it was heads-up action to the flop.
The hijack check-called a bet of 800 from Moneymaker and then both players checked the turn. When the completed the board on the river, the hijack bet 1,600 and Moneymaker snap-called.
"Queen," the hijack said and tabled the .
"Me too," Moneymaker replied and tabled the to chop the pot. Despite not losing there, Moneymaker is still down on the day and sitting with about 15,000.
For more on Moneymaker and his thoughts on the Main Event a decade later, check out the interview he did with PokerNews just prior to the 2013 WSOP.