The 2003 World Series of Poker, Chris Moneymaker, and the Poker Boom

Chris Moneymaker was an amateur poker player who spent $39 to get into the 2003 WSOP and took home $2.5M. ESPN televised the event and was shocked at the ratings. It was the perfect underdog story at the perfect time for a culture getting back into cards. Practically within months poker was everywhere on TV and poker sites like PokerStars.com blew up. Grantland goes back in time to relive Moneymaker’s unbelievable story and the worldwide impact.

When We Held Kings

Grantland.com, 5.22.13