Christopher Bryan Moneymaker born November 21, , in Atlanta, Georgia is an American poker player who won the Main Event at the World Series of Poker WSOP. Moneymaker's ancestors made silver and gold coins and chose the name "Moneymaker" as a modification of their German last name: Moneymaker was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Farragut High School in Knoxville, Tennessee , and later earned a master's degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee.
He was also a part-time employee at a local restaurant. Although largely unknown prior to the tournament, on day one of the tournament his skills caught the attention of professional sports handicapper Lou Diamond, who called Moneymaker his " dark horse to win the whole tournament. The WSOP Main Event was his first live poker tournament. One of Moneymaker's most memorable hands was heads-up against Sam Farha , when on the river he bluffed "all in" with King high.
Farha folded a pair of nines , quickly changing the momentum of the match. After winning the WSOP, he quit his job to serve as a celebrity spokesman for Series owner Harrah's Entertainment as well as PokerStars. He also started his own company, Moneymaker Gaming,  and began traveling to play in more numerous and larger buy-in tournaments. His autobiography , Moneymaker: Eric Raskin, editor of All In Magazine, compiled an oral history of the WSOP Main Event, which included input from three dozen top poker personalities who were involved, also titled The "Moneymaker Effect.
Moneymaker has been married twice. He and his first wife divorced in ; as he would say in an interview for a year retrospective on the WSOP Main Event,.
The main reason was me wanting to be a traveling poker pro. She didn't sign up for that life. She was married to a stay-at-home accountant who was not traveling the world, gone all the time, and gambling a lot of money.
And it was a choice I had to make. I tried to be good, stay at my job, and be that accountant, but in all honesty I didn't want to. With his first wife, Moneymaker has a daughter, Ashley, born three months before he won the WSOP Main Event.
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