Main Event Rematches at the World Series Of Poker
The World Series of Poker will host three main event heads-up rematches on June 2nd, including the match that started the “poker boom”.
The legendary match from the 2003 Main Event saw unknown Chris Moneymaker bluff his way to victory over pro Sam Farha to best a field of a then record 839 players en route to the title. Monkeymaker took home 2.5 million dollars in the $10,000 buy-in event. What makes this story so appealing is that not only did an amateur beat the best poker players in the world but he didn’t even have to pay the full 10k buy-in. Moneymaker won his entry in a $39 satellite game. Not a bad investment. The next year, 2,576 players tried their luck in the main event! On June 2nd, Moneymaker has a shot to show the world that his victory was no fluke.
The second rematch will see Johnny Chan and Phil Helmuth re-live their 1989 bout which saw the “poker brat” become the youngest (24) main event champion (a record that stood for almost twenty years). Chan was looking to make history in becoming the only man to win three consecutive titles. Flash-forward to 2011 and these two icons now have 21 bracelets and three Main Event titles combined. This should be a great match to see!
The third match? Well, that’s up to you! There will be a fan vote and according to Ryan Lucchesi of Cardplayer magazine, the choices are:
“1988 WSOP Main Event: Johnny Chan vs. Erik Seidel
– 2004 WSOP Main Event: Greg Raymer vs. David Williams
– 2006 WSOP Main Event: Jamie Gold vs. Paul Wasicka
– 2010 WSOP Main Event: Jonathan Duhamel vs. John Racener”
Lucchesi adds “In order to determine who will participate in Matchup #3, fans will be able to vote on the World Series of Poker’s Official Facebook Fan Page. To become a WSOP Facebook Fan and vote on a WSOP Rematch, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/worldseriesofpoker”.
You can check out all of the matches when ESPN airs the broadcast on Tuesday, July 26th!
I don’t know about turning $39 into 2.5 million bucks, but how would you like to play poker with Saliva before their show at Northern Lights on April 28th!?!? Maybe you can bluff your way to some memorabilia! Check out the story by Rob Dawes on how to get in on the action: