Moneymaker goes on tour, challenges Texas poker laws
The new Moneymaker Poker Series will stop in Texas, where poker may or may not be legal
Chris Moneymaker will always be known as the nobody that turned poker into a household name. Poker has been around for almost 100 years, in some variation, but it wasn’t until Moneymaker took down the WSOP Main Event in 2003 – after reaching the final table thanks to online poker – that the sport really took off. Now, Moneymaker is taking off, launching a new Moneymaker Poker Series. The series will make a couple of stops in Texas, which is certain to be as welcome as a tornado on a trail drive.
Texas has a love/hate relationship with poker. Texans love it; Texas politicians hate it, for reasons that are still not clear. The game is illegal, unless you’re on an Indian reservation, but poker rooms thought they had figured out a loophole that would allow them to operate just on the edge of the law. They were wrong, as was confirmed when a number of poker rooms were shut down by law enforcement earlier this month.
Moneymaker has decided to try his luck, much like he did at the WSOP, and see if he can get away with the games in Texas. His series is expected to take place in two cities in Australia in July before making its way to the Lone Star State in August. There, it is expected to be held at the House Club Poker Room and Lounge in Edinburg on August 14-18 and at Poker Kings Card House in Corpus Christi August 20-25.
The games will most likely include a $500 Main Event, but no information on the prize pools has yet been offered. Of course, now that the games have been publicized, it wouldn’t be surprising to have the long arm of the law standing on the stoop when Moneymaker shows up.