One of the most important hands in the history of poker...
- Phil Ivey finished 10th in this tournament and won $82,000 while Moneymaker went on to win the whole thing for $2.5 million. This hand really changed the course of poker history. If that river doesn’t fall and Ivey wins, Moneymaker likely doesn’t go on to win the tournament and inspire millions of ‘regular guys’ to take up poker.
- The 2003 Main Event is widely credited for sparking the poker boom for two main reasons: 1.) the amateur Moneymaker was able to beat the field of experienced pros and inspire mililions that they could do the same, and 2.) 2003 was the first year that the television broadcast used the ‘hole card cameras’ to display the players’ hole cards to the tv audience.
- Phil Ivey is widely considered to be one of the best Texas Hold’em players of all time despite never winning a WSOP bracelet in Hold’em. This shows how hard it is to win large field tournaments as well as how short term results can be misleading.
- Prior to this tournament, Moneymaker was an accountant for a restaurant chain in Tennessee. He won his seat in the $10k Main Event for $40 online and after winning the tournament his life changed forever. He became a traveling poker pro and a Team PokerStars Ambassador. His win also lead to a divorce from his first wife, as she had married a boring accountant and wasn’t ready to be married to a world famous poker pro.
- While Moneymaker was an amateur in this tournament who got really lucky to beat some of the game’s best, in recent years he has improved his game to become a respected pro. He’s not one of the world’s best players, but he’s definitely a profitable player who is very dangerous in tournaments.
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