News Flash - Chris Moneymaker Can Play Poker
Chris Moneymaker has had a good couple of weeks. First, he took down a PLO tournament during the preliminaries of the World Poker Open in Tunica, MS. He then turned around and made the final table of the Main Event of the WPO, ultimately finishing 3rd.
Moneymaker earlier in the year finished 2nd in a preliminary event during the WSOP Circuit Event in Tunica. For the year, Moneymaker only has three money finishes, but they are a 1st, 2nd, and a 3rd. Quite a change for a guy that went 0 for 2008 and hadn't made a final table since 2004 in live tournament play.
I've never been a big Moneymaker fan, but I am glad to see that he is posting some decent results for a change. Moneymaker is credited for starting the "Poker Boom" and yet his largest live score since his WPT final table in 2004 was for $22k in an EPT event. Granted, I do realize he has had some good online results, but the general public doesn't see online results.
To quote someone I played with in Atlantic City, "He won all that money in 2003 and can't get past the first table since." While that isn't exactly true, the concept rings true. Moneymaker really hasn't done anything significant since 2004, and very few people remember that he finished 2nd in a WPT event. (Of course, how many people remember that Phil Gordon has a WPT title?)
It would be good for poker if Moneymaker can start hitting some decent scores live. In truthfulness, I don't think that most would care if he ever won a bracelet again, as long as he is competitive. Hopefully this is the start of good things for him. A Main Event champion should have respect and while many people respect him for winning the Main Event, very few really respect him as an overall poker player. That may be one reason why he said that his recent PLO tournament win was his greatest poker accomplishment. While in reality we all know that isn't the case, it was at least a step towards getting some respect as a poker player and not as "someone that got lucky in 2003."