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Moneymaker: How an Amateur Poker Player Turned $40 into $2.5 Million at the World Series of Poker

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In 2004 the number of entrants -- and the winning pool -- at the World Series of Poker tripled, thanks in large part to Chris Moneymaker, an amateur player who came out of nowhere to win the 2003 Series, and prove to newcomers and poker pros alike that anything is possible with a chip and a chair.

Moneymaker was a young accountant from Tennessee who loved to gamble but only
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by It Books
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Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Best $1.81 I've ever spent on a book. This is The American Dream come to life. An average Joe makes it to the final table of the WSOP and wins. This is a real life Rocky story, and if suddenly Disney wanted to start make movies about poker this would be where they would start.

I have a soft spot for this book because I remember it unfolding in the summer of 2003. I had just graduated from college and as any 20-something guy can attest we all started playing poker much more heavily after Moneymak
Dennis Littrell
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great read for poker fans, but a cautionary tale as well

There are a couple things to keep in mind right from the start in thinking about the phenomenon of Chris Moneymaker, amateur Internet player, who wins the World Championship of Poker in 2003. One, he really is an amateur, or at least was when he won the coveted bracelet; and two, there's a good bit of luck involved in winning any poker tournament. No player ever won one without being lucky a time or two, and usually more often than that.
Tim Reisner
Aug 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Back story was quite interesting. Don't remember the rest. ...more
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Decent book.
Mike Carpenter
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
The tale of the amateur beating the pros that started it all...
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Not a masterpiece but decent read if you are into poker.
Mar 13, 2010 rated it liked it
This was an entertaining book to read,
it doesn't really tell you much about HOW to play poker,
but rather it's about the author's remarkable travel from internet poker to the world series.

One point I thought was interesting was that after he got back home,
whenever he'd play with friends, family & others, everyone at the table was gunning for him.

Tells you something about the envy others may feel when you are successful.

Also, it makes it really hard to win when everyone else is against you.
Jan 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: poker
He got alot of people playing poker. They saw when he qualified on line for $40, then went on to win $2.5 million it showed anyone with a good game of poker could have a chance to win some big money.
this book is a bio of a brash, arrogant young poker player. the only kudos i can offer go to the writer, daniel paisner, who put moneymaker's story into book form...often including a bit of humor. best part of the book: middle portion about days 1-4 at the WSOP. ...more
Jul 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Cool story! I liked his voice.
May 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir, non-fiction
First person story of how he won the 2003 World Series of Poker at Binion's in Las Vegas. ...more
Poker is my passion/vice. Good read about his experience leading up to winning Millions.
Feb 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: poker, nonfiction
This is a surprisingly entertaining book by the man who helped launch the WSOP into the stratosphere.
Alyson La
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Really good true story of an accountant turn poker pro. Chris is a very lucky guy but also had mad skills to back it up. Of course it resonated with me because I do accounting and like poker :)
Dec 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: card, games
If you ever thought you might have a chance at the World Series of poker read this book. Although luck has lots to do with it too.
Richard Herbert
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
One of the most important poker events ever, but told so badly.
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