Moneymaker earns a spot in the Poker Hall of Fame
Chris Moneymaker finally gets his place in the annals of poker
As the WSOP Main Event final table was wrapping up, the poker community took a break to find out who would be selected to this year’s WSOP Poker Hall of Fame. A lot of strong candidates had been nominated, but only two would ultimately make it in. Among the names selected to be forever blazoned alongside Daniel Negreanu, Doyle Brunson, Benny Binion and others, the man who brought Texas Hold ’em to the front lines has now been included. Chris Moneymaker is now in the Poker Hall of Fame.
Moneymaker emerged as almost a nobody to win the 2003 WSOP Main Event after winning an online satellite tournament. He was turned into an example of what is possible in the poker world and inspired millions to get involved with poker in what has been dubbed “The Moneymaker Effect.”
The other inductee is David Oppenheim, whose name is not nearly as well-known as Moneymaker’s or some of the other nominees. However, he has still earned a place because of his abilities in cash games and Negreanu is truly behind him – he gave Oppenheimer seven out of his ten possible votes.
Oppenheimer said after winning, “Being recognized as one of the all-time greats by my peers is truly humbling and I am honored to have been selected to the Hall of Fame. I have been so fortunate to be able to do what I do for a living. I never planned to be a professional poker player; rather it was a passion that became my job.”
The rest of the pack of ten nominees included Eli Elezra, Chris Ferguson, Mike Matusow, Ted Forrest, Huckleberry Seed, David Chiu and Chris Bjorin.