It was clearly the decade for tournament poker. One of the biggest events of the decade was when a total unknown by the name of Moneymaker won millions in the main event at the World Series of Poker. The cost for him to enter was just a few dollars, as he won a satellite on an online poker site.
Here is a list of the 10 Best Poker Hands of the Decade.
In 2003, the main event of the WSOP was won by a total unknown, Chris Moneymaker. Moneymaker had the perfect name and the perfect story.
He could not afford to buy-in to this event since it cost $10,000. Instead, he won his seat playing an online poker satellite for a few dollars.
Millions of people watched ESPN's coverage of Chris beating the top poker pros at their game. If Chris could win, a player thought he could win as well.
Chris won $2.5 million at this main event in 2003. The popularity of poker skyrocketed from that moment on. The next year the winner received $5.0, and the year after that $7.5 million. Poker players became celebrities thanks to extensive TV coverage.
While Moneymaker never has had much success since his 2003 win, he will always be remembered as the everyday guy who reached the every guy dream of winning the big one at the WSOP.
This one hand is the great bluff Moneymaker made against the top pro Sam Farha. It is heads-up action.
Farha is playing Qs-9h. Moneymaker a Ks-7h.
The flop is 9s-2d-6s. Both players check.
The turn is an 8s. Farha bets $300,000. Chris raises $500,000 with his flush and straight draws. Farha has top pair and calls.
The river is a 3h. Moneymaker misses his draws but still moves all-in. Farha would have to risk all of his chips to make the call.
This winning bluff by Moneymaker was the key hand that gave him the momentum to win the main event gold bracelet.