Chris Moneymaker

Family time

As most of you know my Dad passed away in March. I had written earlier this year about his health troubles and how I know a lot of people remembered Dad from the TV coverage of the 2003 WSOP. I wanted to say thanks to everyone for all of the many well wishes and thoughts. I really appreciated al...more

by Chris Moneymaker on April 28, 2014 7:31 AM

Another lesson from Dad

A lot of people probably remember seeing my Dad on ESPN's coverage of the 2003 WSOP and so know that we're pretty tight. People ask me about him all the time, thanks to those shows. Unfortunately he's been dealing with some health issues for the last three years or so now. He's got pulmonary fibr...more

by Chris Moneymaker on January 29, 2014 8:17 AM

Start the Rocky montage

I wrote this post on my way down to Tunica, a trip I've been taking more frequently of late. There's a reason for that... let me explain. When I'm at home in between events, I typically used to do what any stay-at-home Dad would do. I'd take the kids to school, pick them up, feed them and help wit...more

by Chris Moneymaker on December 9, 2013 6:27 AM

The American poker player's trade-off

I'm writing from the road this time, in the middle of a long stretch of traveling that started in Panama (for the LAPT), then headed to Montreal, and then eventually on over to Europe for the EPT and WSOPE. I'm also playing on PokerStars a lot while I'm out of the U.S., including having played in t...more

by Chris Moneymaker on October 24, 2013 5:00 AM

Across an ocean for one hand

I'm writing during what is basically a month off for me between the end of the World Series of Poker and the start of the new season of the European Poker Tour. I'm definitely enjoying the down time, but am also looking forward to the EPT and especially Barcelona, where Season 10 will be kicking of...more

by Chris Moneymaker on August 12, 2013 9:59 AM

Still picking my spots ten years later

I'm writing from poolside right now, watching the kids swimming and enjoying some down time. I suspect you'll e reading this while I'm on a family vacation before I go back for the Main Event in July. When I look at the WSOP schedule each year, I tend to prefer playing the non-hold'em games, especi...more

by Chris Moneymaker on June 28, 2013 6:55 AM

Teaching the game

In addition to playing a pretty full schedule this year, I've gotten back into teaching poker more regularly as well, and it has really been rewarding to do so. I obviously started out as an amateur player, then shortly after winning the WSOP Main Event in 2003 I began to play full-time. Then a co...more

by Chris Moneymaker on May 14, 2013 8:29 AM

Avoiding pit stops: Plugging the sports betting leak

If you happened to see All In: The Poker Movie, you know that I'm in there telling my story, especially everything leading up to the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event. One of the things I talk about was how I used to bet on sports, which as we all know represents one of the most common leaks po...more

by Chris Moneymaker on March 20, 2013 7:15 AM

What does it take to become a poker pro? More than you think.

Probably the most common question I get asked -- other than "Is Moneymaker your real name?" -- is "What does it take to become a poker pro?" In some ways it's an easy question to answer. What does it take to be classified as a poker pro? Quit your job. Then you're a pro! But in all honesty, t...more

by Chris Moneymaker on February 18, 2013 7:16 AM

Ten years of the Moneymaker Boom

I expect 2013 to be a busy year for me in a lot of ways, and I'm really looking forward to it. Of course, when I look forward to the new year one thought immediately springs to mind. Has it really been ten years? It's kind of crazy to think that the 10th anniversary of my win in the 2003 WSOP Mai...more

by Chris Moneymaker on December 13, 2012 7:47 AM
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