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The Best Article On The 2003 Poker World Series


Today we present the best article on the web on the 2003 Poker World Series. This World Series, arguably,  made poker what it is today – famous on TV and online.

What is most interesting about this story, now looking back, is that this was the first moment when online services in the post dot-com bubble world met the physical tangible world on a mass scale. Chris Moneymaker, who won this tournament, was a professional online poker player before joining the Poker World Series in Las Vegas. 

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Chris Moneymaker: The stress really kicked in when I saw the money. So I started thinking maybe Sam and I need to talk about a deal here. I said to Sammy, “Let’s leave the table and go to the bathroom.” So we walked into the bathroom and I said, “You want to split the money evenly and play for the bracelet?” Sammy’s response was, “Instead, we can put it all together — the $2.5 million and the $1.3 million — and play for the whole thing.” Like winner take all. At the time, I thought he was joking. But knowing Sammy now, he probably wasn’t. He said, “In all seriousness, I have more experience. I think I need a little bit more.” Like I should give him more than an even split. I’m like, “Dude, I got you 2-to-1 in chips! Are you crazy?” He’s like, “I think I need more.” So I’m like, “We’re playing it out then, straight up.” Him thinking he deserved more — that really pissed me off and made me want to crush him.

Link: http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/9286395/view/full/the-oral-history-2003-world-series-poker-which-chris-moneymaker-turned-39-25-million