Chris Moneymaker

It only took $ 40 for an accountant named Chris Moneymaker takes $ 2.5 million in the 34th annual championship World Series of Poker.

Among his friends is known as "Money", he is 27 and has become the first person to win this prestigious tournament by qualifying on the Internet.

"I had luck in my way," Moneymaker said. "I bluffed a lot during this tournament, but everything worked out".

Experts say Moneymaker revolutionize poker, solidifying the emerging industry of online and live poker.

"This is the poker boom," said Nolan Dalla, communications director for the World Series of Poker. "This means that anyone in their home can become a poker player"

Nothing like Binion's Horseshoe Hotel & Casino for this show. The $ 2.5 million were placed beside the green table once the other 7 players were eliminated. Two players face to face. Maneymaker with the usual metallic glasses and a glass amulet for good luck. Opposite is "Farha" from Houston, with an unlit cigarette in one hand and a figurine of a tiger at his side.
Chris Moneymaker, the man who broke the laws of math and probability.
The game is No-Limit Texas Hold'em. Moneymaker is holding 4 and 5 while Farha holds a 10 and a J. Flop brings in the J, 4 and 5. Moneymaker has two pairs and Farha has only one pair of jacks. Without knowing Moneymaker, Farha wagered his remaining $ 1 million in chips, money equals the bet. The turn and river would be 8 and 5, getting Maneymaker Full of five / four and Victory. He raised his fist and hugged his father, Mike Moneymaker of Tennessee. "I saw the 4 and 5 my heart raced," say the younger Moneymaker, who started playing poker 3 years ago.

In his first live tournament, Moneymaker left behind a handful of ex-champions of the World Series of Poker, including Dan Harrington, who was at the final table and finished third with a prize of $ 650,000.

The tournament began on Monday with a record participation of 839 players. The Boom of Online Poker and the popularity of the game, drew dozens of unknown players a 33% increase in enrollment over 2002.

For over 5 weeks, Binion's was the center of entertainment for players and fans. Of the 839 participants, only 63 paid the $ 10,000 that was the price of registration. The rest got the classification in satellite tournaments with entries as low as $ 40.

Moneymaker, a father of a girl of 3 months, was one of 37 players who qualified playing on Poker Stars for only $ 40.

Dan Goldman, vice president of marketing for PokerStars believes that Moneymaker's victory was due to his natural instinct for the game and the experience gained while playing online.
"We've proven that players who play online are as good as those who play in casinos." Said Goldman.
Moneymaker donated $ 25,000 of his winnings to research for a cure for Cancer.

In the words of the champion, "Not be the favorite, favored me. I was a little underestimated because no one knew who he was. If I can win, anyone can do it "


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