PokerStars Festival Bucharest: Moneymaker's in town
Last year Daniel Negreanu was the talk of the town after turning up to the Eureka 6 stop here in Bucharest. And at this year's PokerStars Festival Bucharest, another big name was rumoured to make an appearance in the "Paris of the East".
Shortly into the beginning of the day, it turned out the rumours were true as a fresh-faced Chris Moneymaker arrived at the JW Marriott. It's been a busy day for the Team Pro and former World Champ who has been busy giving press conferences to publications and dishing out poker tutorials to budding fans.
When I arrived at the press conference I was convinced I'd turned up to the wrong one. After listening to the bizarre line of questioning for a few minutes from an interviewer who seemed to be obsessed with cars, I realised that Moneymaker was actually being interviewed by a Romanian automobile magazine.
It was a little weird at first, but I did learn a few interesting anecdotes from it. Firstly, it turns out that Moneymaker has both won and lost a car in a cash game. He also recently traded in a Porsche for a people carrier because he never drove it. Utility over beauty - that's his motto.
Cars aside, The Team Pro is here to play the €1,100 PokerStars Festival Main Event. And a win here in Bucharest wouldn't come as a surprise.
Aside from his WSOP Main Event win (which saw him turn his $39 entry into $2.5 million), Moneymaker has had somewhat of a return to form over recent months following a deep run at the PokerStars Championship in Sochi with a 15th place finish.
But the Main Event isn't the only game he's playing this week.
Today, Chris played in a nine-handed 'VIP sit and go' with a star-studded line-up of Romanian celebrities* that included a vlogger, a former playboy model and a TV chef among others.
With first place set to scoop a package to Barcelona for the PokerStars Championship, and second place receiving a package to the PokerStars Festival in Dublin, there was a lot to play for.
We'll be catching up with Chris and following his progress as he enters the Main Event later this week. Stay tuned to the PokerStars Blog.
*If you happen to be into Romanian daytime TV.
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