Chris Moneymaker was born on the 21st November 1975, in Nashville, Tennessee USA, and is a professional poker player. In 2003, he became world champion of the World Series of Poker. He has won the Main Event of the WSOP, and became the winner of $2.5 million. Currently, he is part of a group of poker professionals sponsored by PokerStars called Team PokerStars. He plays online under the pseudonym Money800. He has been playing poker professionally since 2003.
How rich is the professional poker player? It has been estimated by authoritative sources that the overall size of Chris Moneymaker’s net worth is as much as $16 million, as of the data presented in the middle of 2016. Poker winnings is the main source of Moneymaker’s wealth.
Chris Moneymaker Net Worth $16 Million
To begin with, Chris was educated at Farragut High School in Knoxville, Tennessee, then Moneymaker graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Master’s degree in accounting, after which he worked as an accountant in Tennessee.
Chris Moneymaker rose to fame when he won a seat in the main event of the 2003 WSOP to play a promotion tournament online; afterwards, he was invited to take part in the main event. However, Moneymaker had no money for flights and accommodation in Las Vegas, so he borrowed money from his father and a friend, promising a portion of any winnings from the tournament in return, which turned out to be a much larger amount than any of them could imagine. In the tournament, Chris managed to conquer all 838 competitor, and eventually he won the Main Event at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, his first live tournament. The prize was worth $2.5 million, and in addition to this, Chris received the status of a poker superstar. His net worth rose considerably.
Among other poker achievements Chris Moneymaker won the second place at the World Poker Tour’s 2004 Shooting Stars tournament, where he won $200,000 as well as the sixth place in the World Championship of Online Poker 2005 winning $10,300. Additionally, he won No Limit Hold tournament, from which he took over $139,000. At the beginning of 2010, his poker winnings surpassed $3 million – the largest part $2,532,040 of course, comes from the WSOP. In the World Series of Poker 2011, Moneymaker defeated Sam Farha.
Since the beginning of 2016, Moneymaker has been playing as Team Manager of the Las Vegas Money Makers in the Global Poker League. Overall, playing poker has added huge sums to the total size of Chris Moneymaker’s net worth.
It should be said that Chris Moneymaker has written his autobiography entitled “How An Amateur Poker Player Turned $40 into $2.5 Million at the World Series of Poker” (2005). In 2015, his second book “A True Story” was released.
Finally, in the personal life of the professional poker player, he has married twice. He has a daughter with his first wife whom he divorced in 2004 as she couldn’t live the type of life he was leading. In 2005, he married Christina Wren. The two reside in Nashville, Tennessee.
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