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Michigan's Ryan Riess wins $8.4 million in World Series of Poker main event

...world's richest poker tournament.As a 14-year-old, he became obsessed with poker after watching amateur Chris Moneymaker win the main event.After he turned 18, Riess began playing in charity poker rooms near his hometown of Clarkston...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2013-11-06/michigans-ryan-riess
Record field expected to vie for big bucks in main event

...Hachem, who won in 2005, none of the past four winners made a living playing poker before upsetting the field. Chris Moneymaker, who set off the poker craze in 2003, was an accountant. Greg Raymer was a patent lawyer before winning in 2004...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2007/07/06/oth_134884.shtml
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Overtime

...The winner's purse was the fifth biggest in World Series history, falling just short of the $2.5 million that Chris Moneymaker won when he emerged from an Internet qualifier to beat a field of 839 in 2003. NHL Sabres' Briere opts to test...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2007/06/30/oth_134226.shtml
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Entrants flock to Vegas for tourney

...755 in a tournament at the WSOP earlier this month. Certainly, nobody had heard of Joe Hachem or Greg Raymer or Chris Moneymaker before they won the main event. Now, the 2005, 2004 and 2003 champions are household names in poker circles...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/07/29/oth_90696.shtml
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Overtime

...winnowed to 1,884 at the Rio hotel-casino, with 10 former champions already eliminated, including 2003 champion Chris Moneymaker, Robert Varkonyi, who won in 2002, and Bobby Baldwin, the 1978 winner. "It's insane," Moneymaker said shortly...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2005/07/11/oth_458380.shtml
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Celebs play in World Series of Poker

...States, Canada, Britain and Scandinavia. The last two World Series main event champions, Raymer and 2003 winner Chris Moneymaker, emerged from PokerStars tournaments. Full Tilt Poker's pros - Howard Lederer, Erick Lindgren, Bloch, Ferguson...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2005/07/11/oth_458382.shtml
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Bailey puts his faith all-in at the poker table

...the table they don't get abusive." Bailey jumped on the poker wave, along with many others, after watching Chris Moneymaker win the 2003 World Series of Poker on ESPN. In the military, he'd played the usual stud and draw poker games...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2005/06/26/mic_457074.shtml
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TV tournaments raising poker's popularity among teens

...intimidation out of it." John Hoehle and Matt Cieniewicz , both 16, are recent converts. After seeing amateur Chris Moneymaker take the pot at last year's World Series, the juniors at Evans High School started play Texas Hold'em with friends...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/12/28/xtr_438401.shtml
Xtreme | Evans High School
Riding a wave of poker popularity, casinos opening new card rooms

...to cash in have been quick on the draw. Anybody who watches ESPN probably already knows the story: A man named Chris Moneymaker wins a $40 Texas Hold 'Em poker tournament on the Internet, qualifies to play in the World Series of Poker in...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/08/24/liv_426254.shtml
Life & style
Georgian puts on poker face in contest

...financial consultant before he started playing poker full time on the Internet in 2001. Last year's champion, Chris Moneymaker, entered the tournament in a similar way. He paid $40 to enter an online tournament and won a seat in the World...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/05/27/met_416928.shtml
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