You may not believe it, but it’s actually been a total of 15 years since professional player Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker Main Event. It was back in 2003 that he took the option of a small buy-in via a satellite at PokerStars.
To be able to celebrate his monumental victory at that event, the PokerStars brand will be launching what is to be known as the Moneymaker PSPC Tour.
Speaking of the occasion when he won 15 years ago, Moneymaker said that it only feels like something that happened yesterday. “It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life…”, he continued, before stating that he would like to give another player that same opportunity of a winning moment. For the second year in a row, Moneymaker stands as a Poker Hall of Fame finalist, too.
“Now US fans will have the chance to win an amazing prize and have some fun along the way”
Moneymaker added. He finished by stating that he’s looking forward to being able to play against some familiar faces during the upcoming event.
The Moneymaker Tour Details
So, how does this tour rank in comparison to others? And what will it incorporate?
Well, first of all, the Tour has a very low buy-in, relating back to Moneymaker’s own low buy-in of his original win. This, the press release states, is to provide poker players with a chance to be able to emulate how Chris won in 2003. Figures from that time show that he paid $86 to buy in to the event and turned that into $2.5 million, beating out 838 other players. This move was then given the term, the “Moneymaker Effect”.
With this being the case, the Tour will feature nine separate stops, and each will have the $86 buy-in Main Event for players to participate in. Yet, this isn’t the only great part about the event.
As well as the grand prize money, each winner of the nine stops will be handed a Platinum Pass, which is worth $30,000. This gives them access to the inaugural No Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC), which is also run by PokerStars. The event is set to take place in the Bahamas next January, so there’s a lot on the line for participants of the Moneymaker PSPC Tour.
This event will begin on August 4, starting out in Sacramento, California at the Stones Gambling Hall. The proceeding eight dates will then continue on through August and September, before finishing in the middle of October, with the final date being at the Maryland Live! Yet, more stops could be added to the tour before it begins. The September 30 tournament will take place via the online PokerStars platform in New Jersey, while all other dates are at land-based establishments.