Chris Moneymaker is back in the winner’s circle. The 2003 World Series of Poker Champion and Team PokerStars Pro was crowned the winner of the $1800 buy-in Hollywood Casino St. Louis Regional Hollywood Poker Open.
Moneymaker, who is also coincidentally the sponsored Tour Ambassador for the HPO, didn’t have quite the same challenge as he did in 2003 when he bested 839 players to change the face of poker, as the field at the HPO topped out at a mere 67 runners, only 15 of which came back for the Day 2 finale.
Still, the man who is generally considered responsible for the poker boom found himself on a heater and, according to PokerNews, accumulated over half the chips in play at the start of the final table.
Chris also did the dirty work and was responsible for the elimination of 7 of his final 9 opponents, including his heads up opponent Frank Wyville who walked with $22,395 for his 2nd place finish. For his part, while it’s not the $2.5 million score he walked with for his championship run in 2003, Moneymaker made just over $36k for his victory this weekend plus another minor title to add to his resume.