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Chris Moneymaker

Tom McEvoy Chris Moneymaker, the player who single-handedly brought online poker to the world's notice by winning the 2003 World Series of Poker after getting in via an online qualifier game, is now trying to get his hands on yet another WSOP bracelet.

Currently playing at the WSOP, Moneymaker has made it past day 2 with $67,000 and will be heading into day 3 soon. On day 1 of the main event, Moneymaker had acquired a decent stack of chips within his first six hours of play and moved ahead of Greg Raymer, who had won the 2004 WSOP title. Day 1 was a big success for Chris Moneymaker and he took in over 100,000 chips.

Moneymaker hopes to win another WSOP title and although he is usually a cool headed player, appears to be bit frazzled about this event and openly claimed that he was nervous about this year's World Series of Poker. "I'm always nervous when I play in the Main Event. This one has a special feel to it," he said.

Chris Moneymaker had his last run of WSOP luck over 7 years ago, in 2003 when he won the $2.5 million prize in the Main Event. Since that time he has participated in several poker tournaments held all over the world finishing in the money many times. His current earnings amount to 3 million dollars. And, in an effort to make sure to have another lucky year for him, the player appears to have shaved off his trademark beard surprising his fans all over the world.

When asked about the last time he had been clean shaven Chris Moneymaker named the year 2003, when he had won the WSOP. "Last year, I busted out early and it was very disappointing. I haven't had the best run since I won. I keep getting unlucky. I'm determined to make a deep run this year," Moneymaker said.

Chris is one of the most recognized names in poker history on account of his winning the WSOP millions in 2003 and making it through an online satellite at Pokerstars. Since he was the first player to do this, Moneymaker has lent his name to this phenomenon causing it to be named the "Moneymaker Effect."

Moneymaker now lives in Nashville with his family and runs his own business called Moneymaker Gaming when he is not playing in poker tourneys allover the world. He has also written a book called Moneymaker: How an Amateur Poker Player Turned $40 into $2.5 Million at the World Series of Poker.