EPT9 Grand Final: Chris Moneymaker back to winning ways
Former World Champion Chris Moneymaker last night won the €1,100 8-Game for €12,000 and a lovely shiny PokerStars trophy. Okay, it's not the $2,500,000 that he won back in 2003, nor is it going to boost his $3,488,787 in live winnings radically, but a win's a win.
Moneymaker, whose WSOP win is partly credited with kicking off the online poker revolution, topped a 1-2-3 podium finish for Team PokerStars Pro beating Matthias De Meulder and Chad Brown to the trophy. Brown had just a few hours earlier stone bubbled the Main Event running queens into aces so the €4,500 cash would have helped to soothe some of those cooler chills. And you can check out this interview with Moneymaker about the last ten years here.
"It was a very difficult final table and a good challenge," said Moneymaker, who added that he started learning mixed games at a time he was feeling a little "burnt out" with Hold'em.
Last night's €12,000 win at least part way pays for that policy change and there could be more to come.
"There's a €5k 8-Game here so I'm going to see how many that gets," he said.
EPT9 Monaco, event #17
Date: 9 May, 2013
Prize pool: €30,070
1. Chris Moneymaker, USA, Team PokerStars Pro, €12,000
2. Matthias De Meulder, Belgium, Team PokerStars Pro, €8,100
3. Chad Brown, USA, Team PokerStars Pro, €4,500
4. Joachim Haraldstad, Norway, €3,070
5. Mihails Morozovs, Latvia, €2,400
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Rick Dacey is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.