Moneymaker notches big finish at National Heads-Up Championship

teampro-thumb.JPGEver since turning his world upside down and becoming the every-man ambassador to the poker world, Chris Moneymaker has been something of a household name. Even some eight years after his jaw-dropping 2003 WSOP Main Event win, Moneymaker continues to surface in the highest profile of places. Now he's done it again with a runner-up finish in the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship.

Moneymaker tore through a star-studded field to get heads-up against the positively-on-fire-rushing Erik Seidel for the championship. To make it there, Moneymaker had to defeat a member of the 2010 November Nine (John Racener), one of the hottest online nosebleeders in the game (Daniel Cates), the godfather of the game (Doyle Brunson), and the 2010 WSOP Main Event champ (Jonathan Duhamel).

Moneymaker's heads-up opponent Seidel was probably the last person Moneymaker wanted to see. Seidel has kicked off a career year in which he's simply crushed the big buy-in events for hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of dollars in winnings. Seidel took Moneymaker in the first two games of the best of three series. Moneymaker picked up $300,000 for his runner-up finish.

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Moneymaker is on form this year. He's less than two months removed from deep run and 11th place finish at the 2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure where he won $130,000.

We're in touch with Chris and he's in the process of writing up a blog post to let us know what was going on in his head during the event. In the meantime, congrats, Chris on a another great performance.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in Team PokerStars Pro