Moneymaker to give Farha another chance

teampro-thumb.JPGAli vs. Frazier. Tunney vs. Dempsey. Tom vs. Jerry. If the first fight was a good one, it's only a matter of time before the screaming, bloodthirsty fans start clamoring for more.

It's been nearly eight years since Chris Moneymaker took the poker world in his amateur hands and turned it into his own personal sock puppet. By now, there is no need to recount what Moneymaker's 2003 WSOP main event win did for the game. However, the people behind the World Series of Poker are asking a fun question: "What would've happened if Moneymaker had finished second?" It's frankly a scary thought that we shouldn't dwell on for too long.

More fun to think about, however, is the upcoming made-for-television rematch series the WSOP is putting on this summer. As it ruminates on the "what-if" question, the WSOP is going to put Moneymaker and 2003 runner-up Sammy Farha heads-up again.

Moneymaker and Farha will face each other again on June 2 in a best two out of three match. In the first game, the stacks will be exactly as they were when the two men played for real. That time, Moneymaker had a 5,490,000 to 2,900,000 lead over Farha. In the second match, the players will have reversed starting stacks. If a third match is necessary, Moneymaker and Farha will begin the match with equal stacks.

Moneymaker told the WOSP, "Even though I'm agreeing to run it again against Sammy, I have been assured they can't take away my title if my bluffs don't work as well this time."


The WSOP will also host a rematch between Johnny Chan and Phil Hellmuth, as well as a third match that will be decided by fans. A vote of the people will decide which of the following heads-up battles will get a second shot.

  • 1988: Johnny Chan vs. Erik Seidel
  • 2004: Greg Raymer vs. David Williams
  • 2006: Jamie Gold vs. Paul Wasicka
  • 2010: Jonathan Duhamel vs. John Racener
  • If you can't make it to Vegas to watch on June 2, it will all be on ESPN July 26.

    Brad Willis
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