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Looking Back At The WSOP Main Event

Looking Back At The WSOP Main Event

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It wasn’t that long ago when poker was something the majority of people kept behind closed doors and in the casinos.  Then came along the year 2003, when the game of poker grew to astronomical levels.  This was highly due to the craze of the televised World Series of Poker Main Event.  In 2003, there were so many quality factors that came into play that caused the sport of poker to become one of the most watched sports, a fact that many people would be surprised to learn.

The WSOP has changed the way we think of poker, almost like the effect Michael Jordan had on basketball in the 90s.  Who knows what the level of the poker industry would be right now without the ESPN coverage of a man named Chris Moneymaker.

Chris Moneymaker was the 2003 champion of the Main Event, raking in $2.5 million.  His victory in 2003 was one of the least probable outcomes expected.  It not only changed his life forever, but the game of poker as well.  Chris is now a part of Team PokerStars Pro and was able to beat out 839 competitors as well as beating out major bracelet winners of the past such as Sammy Farha in heads up play.

Chris didn’t stop there.  He was able to place 2nd just the year after in the 2004 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star where he won $200,000.  Since this point, he has not won any major six figure wins, but his play in 2003 has changed the way the game is viewed forever.

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