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The story of Chris Moneymaker is still being used to promote poker as a life-changing hobby. Moneymaker, who went from playing online at work to winning the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2003, will be honored in an upcoming online poker tournament.
The upcoming $86 buy-in Moneymaker Tour event is a throwback to the $86 satellite event Moneymaker won back in 2003 which earned him a seat at the WSOP Main Event. From that $86 online poker game, Moneymaker went on to become the 2003 WSOP Main Event winner, claiming the life-changing $2.5 million prize.
Moneymaker’s heroic transition from hourly wage employee to millionaire poker player was a turning point for the industry. ESPN coverage of the event included footage of Moneymaker playing online from his office at his job. His success inspired an entire generation to pick up online poker. What followed was the biggest flood of new players in the history of online poker.
Much like how Moneymaker started with a small online buy-in and landed at a major event, the Moneymaker Tour event will award one lucky player a $30,000 Platinum Pass to the PokerStars Championship in the Bahamas this winter.
PokerStars is openly hunting for the next Moneymaker – another casual player who can jump to fame from low online stakes to a major tournament. The platform is giving away 300 of these Platinum Passes. They all include the travel expenses and a $25,000 tournament buy-in. The Moneymaker event is exclusive to players in New Jersey.