The Moneymaker Effect: The Inside Story of the Tournament That Forever Changed Poker

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The Moneymaker Effect: The Inside Story of the Tournament That Forever Changed Poker

This is the story behind the most dramatic World Series of Poker ever and its lasting effects, told by the players, the TV execs, the tournament directors, techs, writers, and the 2003 WSOP champ himself, Chris Moneymaker.

Moneymaker, an amateur poker player with a name too good to be true, defied the odds to win the 2003 WSOP main event, just as the twin inventions of online poker and the hole-card camera simultaneously arrived to revolutionize a game long-relegated to smoky bars and living rooms. More than a decade later, with the online-poker world in an ongoing state of flux, the “Moneymaker Effect” continues to reverberate while the recollections and insights of the more than 30 eyewitness contributors remain as relevant and insightful as ever, whether the reader is a poker player or simply interested in a great real-life narrative.


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Eddie Smith says:

Interesting oral history of the tournament that fueled the poker boom I am a product of the Moneymaker Effect in that I had never played poker either in a brick and mortar casino or online before the 2003 WSOP and ESPN began extensively showcasing poker. The book is a very fast read at just 227 pages not including a glossary of poker terms with which even beginning players are no doubt familiar.The author interviewed 34 different sources for the book, ranging from big-name poker pros, to Norman Chad and Lon McEachern to ESPN executives to producers of…

Mr. Versatility says:

11 years goes by fast. This is a must read for any fan of poker! This was my first time reading an Oral History format book. I have to say it was a pleasure to read and the story comes together extremely well due to Raskin’s narration and interview assembly. I picked up the book and headed to the beach thinking I would read a chapter or two. 2.5 hours later I finished the book. I couldn’t put it down!Having followed poker and the 2003 WSOP I found your book to be entertaining and insightful. It filled in all of the gaps that TV and…

Matthew C. Butler says:

Ah, the good old days…


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