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Chris Moneymaker won the 2003 World Series of Poker with a full house consisting of three fives and two fours. The 27 year old accountant took home a first prize of $2.5 million dollars in the victory.

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 Chris Moneymaker Biography

Since 2003, it's a good bet that no one has heard the question more than Chris Moneymaker:

"Come on, is that your real name?"

It is a trite, but still reasonable question. After all, Chris, a one-time accountant who pulled down around $40,000 a year, found a way to turn a lifetime of gambling into the biggest contest and payout of his life. Chris managed to make it into the World Series of Poker, scrap through a record field, and rise to the very top for a $2.5 million payday.

What began as a childhood of playing bridge with his grandmother, morphed into a later love of blackjack with his father.

Though gambling coursed through his veins faster than lifeblood, Chris labored through his accounting degree at the University of Tennessee, scored a Masters degree and settled into a perfectly suburban life of numbers crunching and gambling fantasy.

Credit the film “Rounders” with Chris’ internal revolution. Like the movie did for thousands of young wannabe players, it shot Chris and his friends into the world of Texas Hold’em. Soon, knocking around his friends wasn’t enough. He wanted to test his mettle against some unknown chip-slingers. He wanted to find a card room. The sad fact was, however, Chris would’ve had to travel four hours from home to sit down at a legal table.

Enter: PokerStars.

Sure, Chris dabbled around at other online poker sites, but PokerStars’ muti-table tournament schedule intrigued him.  It drew him into countless $20 and $30 events. He started rising through the competition, cashing and even winning some of those huge events. It would seem like a big deal at the time. That is, it would seem like a big deal until Chris found himself entering a $39 satellite tournament.

MUST BE MAGIC

It was a simple $39 satellite with 18 players in it. Chris couldn't bring himself to believe he even had a chance among those few 18 players. He just wanted to have a little fun and educate himself a little better in the ways of tournament poker.

Then, it happened. Chris won it and found himself smack dab in the middle of a satellite to the World Series of Poker.

Now, Chris had more opponents. He had to face down more than 60 other players. What’s more, the potential prize was almost unthinkable. The winner of the big satellite would go to Vegas with a $10,000 buy-in to the World Series of Poker.

As the hours went by, Chris’ stack of chips grew. When it was over Chris stared at the screen and realized he was about to play for the chance to be a world champion.

He’d turned $39 into $10,000.

It wasn’t magic. It was Moneymaker.

IGNORANCE IS BLISS

Chris strolled into Las Vegas’ Binion’s Horseshoe and looked around. Sure, there was one of his personal heroes, Johnny Chan. But for some reason, he didn’t feel nervous. Looking back, he realized that he should’ve been. In that building stood the greatest poker players in the world. The beauty of it was this: because he wasn’t nervous, he wasn’t intimidated.

Still, Chris knew he didn’t have the real world, real casino card room experience. He studied his face, wondering how many tells he would give off when he sat down at the table.

So, he did all he could do. He draped his head in a hat and covered his eyes with sunglasses.

When he started to play, his only goal was to salvage his pride and survive through the first day. He did himself one better. He ended the first day with more than 60,000 in chips. With that day behind him, he decided he now wanted to make it into the money.

His success, though, landed him in an uncomfortable position. On Day 3, he landed on one of ESPN’s televised tables, sitting with well-known professionals like Paul Darden, Howard Lederer and Johnny Chan.

Perhaps it was inevitable, but Chris finally had to face his amateur status. Chan raised the pot and Lederer put in a re-raise. Chris sat back, studying Chan, wondering why the pro was taking so long to make a decision about the re-raise. Then Chan spoke. Not to Lederer. Not to the dealer. Chan was talking to Chris.

"You know it's on you, right?" Chan asked.

Chris looked down and saw his cards sitting in front of him. He’d never folded.

Under a blanket of guffaws and chortles, Chris made up his mind. He’d just looked as foolish as he possibly could. Now it was time to win.

By and by, Chris battled his way to the final table and ultimately to a now historic heads-up match with well-known pro Sammy Farha. Still, he couldn’t conceive of winning the whole thing. That was, he couldn’t conceive of it until his flopped two pair made a full house and crushed Farha’s flopped pair of jacks.

MONEYMAKER: THE PRO

There’s nothing quite like winning the WSOP to turn a player into an overnight pro.

Since that fateful day in 2003, Chris has spent his months adjusting to life as an instant celebrity. He’s been forced to adjust his style of play to thwart the people who believed they’d picked up reads on him from his televised play.

Chris has since proved he is no one-hit wonder. He’s traveled on the tournament circuit, hitting some of the biggest tournaments in the world, including World Poker Finals at Foxwoods, the WPT Invitationals, the PokerStars Caribbean Poker Adventure , the Bay 101 Shooting Stars tournament, and the European Poker Tour Grand Final in Monte Carlo. Click here to review some of Chris’ results.

Chris also recently started his own company, Moneymaker Gaming.

For more on Chris’ life story, be sure to check out his book Moneymaker: How an Amateur Poker Player Turned $40 into $2.5 Million at the World Series of Poker.

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Chris Moneymaker

Chris Moneymaker won the 2003 World Series of Poker with a full house consisting of three fives and two fours. The 27 year old accountant took home a first prize of $2.5 million dollars in the victory.

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Chris Moneymaker Biography

Since 2003, it's a good bet that no one has heard the question more than Chris Moneymaker:

"Come on, is that your real name?"

It is a trite, but still reasonable question. After all, Chris, a one-time accountant who pulled down around $40,000 a year, found a way to turn a lifetime of gambling into the biggest contest and payout of his life. Chris managed to make it into the World Series of Poker, scrap through a record field, and rise to the very top for a $2.5 million payday.

What began as a childhood of playing bridge with his grandmother, morphed into a later love of blackjack with his father.

Though gambling coursed through his veins faster than lifeblood, Chris labored through his accounting degree at the University of Tennessee, scored a Masters degree and settled into a perfectly suburban life of numbers crunching and gambling fantasy.

Credit the film “Rounders” with Chris’ internal revolution. Like the movie did for thousands of young wannabe players, it shot Chris and his friends into the world of Texas Hold’em. Soon, knocking around his friends wasn’t enough. He wanted to test his mettle against some unknown chip-slingers. He wanted to find a card room. The sad fact was, however, Chris would’ve had to travel four hours from home to sit down at a legal table.

Enter: PokerStars.

Sure, Chris dabbled around at other online poker sites, but PokerStars’ muti-table tournament schedule intrigued him.  It drew him into countless $20 and $30 events. He started rising through the competition, cashing and even winning some of those huge events. It would seem like a big deal at the time. That is, it would seem like a big deal until Chris found himself entering a $39 satellite tournament.

MUST BE MAGIC

It was a simple $39 satellite with 18 players in it. Chris couldn't bring himself to believe he even had a chance among those few 18 players. He just wanted to have a little fun and educate himself a little better in the ways of tournament poker.

Then, it happened. Chris won it and found himself smack dab in the middle of a satellite to the World Series of Poker.

Now, Chris had more opponents. He had to face down more than 60 other players. What’s more, the potential prize was almost unthinkable. The winner of the big satellite would go to Vegas with a $10,000 buy-in to the World Series of Poker.

As the hours went by, Chris’ stack of chips grew. When it was over Chris stared at the screen and realized he was about to play for the chance to be a world champion.

He’d turned $39 into $10,000.

It wasn’t magic. It was Moneymaker.

IGNORANCE IS BLISS

Chris strolled into Las Vegas’ Binion’s Horseshoe and looked around. Sure, there was one of his personal heroes, Johnny Chan. But for some reason, he didn’t feel nervous. Looking back, he realized that he should’ve been. In that building stood the greatest poker players in the world. The beauty of it was this: because he wasn’t nervous, he wasn’t intimidated.

Still, Chris knew he didn’t have the real world, real casino card room experience. He studied his face, wondering how many tells he would give off when he sat down at the table.

So, he did all he could do. He draped his head in a hat and covered his eyes with sunglasses.

When he started to play, his only goal was to salvage his pride and survive through the first day. He did himself one better. He ended the first day with more than 60,000 in chips. With that day behind him, he decided he now wanted to make it into the money.

His success, though, landed him in an uncomfortable position. On Day 3, he landed on one of ESPN’s televised tables, sitting with well-known professionals like Paul Darden, Howard Lederer and Johnny Chan.

Perhaps it was inevitable, but Chris finally had to face his amateur status. Chan raised the pot and Lederer put in a re-raise. Chris sat back, studying Chan, wondering why the pro was taking so long to make a decision about the re-raise. Then Chan spoke. Not to Lederer. Not to the dealer. Chan was talking to Chris.

"You know it's on you, right?" Chan asked.

Chris looked down and saw his cards sitting in front of him. He’d never folded.

Under a blanket of guffaws and chortles, Chris made up his mind. He’d just looked as foolish as he possibly could. Now it was time to win.

By and by, Chris battled his way to the final table and ultimately to a now historic heads-up match with well-known pro Sammy Farha. Still, he couldn’t conceive of winning the whole thing. That was, he couldn’t conceive of it until his flopped two pair made a full house and crushed Farha’s flopped pair of jacks.

MONEYMAKER: THE PRO

There’s nothing quite like winning the WSOP to turn a player into an overnight pro.

Since that fateful day in 2003, Chris has spent his months adjusting to life as an instant celebrity. He’s been forced to adjust his style of play to thwart the people who believed they’d picked up reads on him from his televised play.

Chris has since proved he is no one-hit wonder. He’s traveled on the tournament circuit, hitting some of the biggest tournaments in the world, including World Poker Finals at Foxwoods, the WPT Invitationals, the PokerStars Caribbean Poker Adventure , the Bay 101 Shooting Stars tournament, and the European Poker Tour Grand Final in Monte Carlo. Click here to review some of Chris’ results.

Chris also recently started his own company, Moneymaker Gaming.

For more on Chris’ life story, be sure to check out his book Moneymaker: How an Amateur Poker Player Turned $40 into $2.5 Million at the World Series of Poker.

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  • How to book Chris Moneymaker?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Chris Moneymaker for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Chris Moneymaker, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Chris Moneymaker or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Chris Moneymaker?

    Booking fees for Chris Moneymaker, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Chris Moneymaker, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Chris Moneymaker?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Chris Moneymaker for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Chris Moneymaker for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Chris Moneymaker or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Chris Moneymaker or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Chris Moneymaker is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Chris Moneymaker for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Chris Moneymaker generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Tristan Pollock, Liv Boeree, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth and Vanessa Rousso. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Chris Moneymaker for an upcoming event.

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