It's been 10 years since Chris Moneymaker's famous victory in the $10,000 buy-in No-limit Texas Hold'em World Championship. But he hasn't cashed in the Main Event since and was in trouble on Day 1B at the Rio Convention Center before rallying early Monday.
Moneymaker, seated in the Brasilia Room about 100 feet from a giant banner commemorating his win a decade ago, was involved in a big pot soon after the dinner break Sunday that cost him more than half of his remaining stack. Moneymaker flopped an ace-high straight only to see his opponent, Robert Kokoska, pair both of his hole cards on the turn and river to make a full house.
The setback dropped Moneymaker near 6,000 chips and with television cameras hovering nearby waiting for him to bust out, Moneymaker joked, "Someone's going to get air time soon."
As it turns out, that air time won't come until at least Tuesday. Moneymaker survived one all-in call when he and his opponent chopped a pot with ace-king. Late Sunday, Moneymaker doubled up to more than 14,000 chips as his pocket 6s bested the pocket 5s of Manuel Corteda, and he doubled up again during the final level to end the day around 25,000 chips.