PokerStars Announces Moneymaker-Inspired US Poker Tour

PokerStars Announces Moneymaker-Inspired US Poker Tour

As the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event began in Las Vegas this week, PokerStars took the opportunity to recognize a special anniversary. It was 15 years ago that Chris Moneymaker won an online poker satellite at PokerStars that cost him $86. He transformed that victory into a trip from Tennessee to Las Vegas, a seat into the Main Event worth $10,000, and a victory of $2.5 million and a shiny, gold, one-of-a-kind championship bracelet.

For those who watched it happen, it was momentous. (It was 15 years ago, so some of us feel a bit old talking about it. But we digress.) For those who have since learned about it and watched the video, seen the photos, and read the accounts, it will always be one of the most important moments in the game. Whether Moneymaker’s journey inspired or motivated us, gave us chills or made us smile, it was at the very least special and historic.

To celebrate the 15th anniversary, PokerStars is introducing a new US-based poker tour with low buy-ins and big prizes.

Moneymaker PSPC Tour

The tour is called the Moneymaker PSPC Tour, with the PSPC representing the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship. That tournament is set for January in the Bahamas… Let’s take a step back to explain.

Moneymaker created this tour as an ambassador for PokerStars, and PokerStars is sponsoring it. The idea is to give players the chance to replicate Moneymaker’s win in 2003 by turning $86 into $2.5 million.

The first step will be to buy in to any of the tour events for $86 and win, and that victory will be accompanied by a special Platinum Pass worth $30,000 to play in the PSPC in the Bahamas in January 2019. Platinum Pass winners will also receive preparatory support from Moneymaker in the lead-up to the January tournament.

The tour will begin on Saturday, August 4, and the ninth stop will wrap the events on October 14. Moneymaker will be at each stop to chat with and play against those in attendance. The schedule is set as follows:

–August 4-5 at Stones Gambling Hall in Citrus Heights, California

–August 19-26 at Lucky Chances in Colma, California

–September 9 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut

–September 15 at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland

–September 22 at Gardens Casino in Hawaiian Gardens, California

–September 23 at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Arizona

–September 30 online at

–October 7 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut

–October 10-14 at Maryland Live in Hanover, Maryland

That makes available $270,000 worth of Platinum Passes, one for each of the winner. And those nine players will then be invited to use those passes in January.

Moneymaker noted, “It’s been 15 years since the big win and it only feels like yesterday. It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life and I want to give someone else the opportunity to feel that #winningmoment. I’ve played a lot of poker for years, and during that time, I’ve gotten to know lots of people at live events and meet-ups. Now US fans will have the chance to win an amazing prize and have some fun along the way.”

Moneymaker Effect Still in Effect

The immediate Moneymaker Effect in the 2000s was the poker boom, a time when millions of people were introduced to the game of poker – both online and live – and the industry thrived.

One of the direct effects of Moneymaker’s win was the popularity of the online satellite. While all of online poker benefited, online satellites gave players the opportunity to win seats into events from the World Series of Poker to the World Poker Tour or European Poker Tour. They won prize packages to the Bahamas and Monte Carlo, and to Las Vegas and Paris. A few dollars invested into an online poker tournament garnered the chance to win a sizeable prize package that took players around the world.

The industry has declined in overall size and scope since then, at least as compared to the days of the poker boom, but several online sites never gave up. PokerStars is one that has rolled with the regulatory punches through the years, taken its lumps and risen again, and that brought it back to the US market where it operates in New Jersey.

And while PokerStars makes its slow but steady comeback in America, it is taking the opportunity to remind players of the Moneymaker Effect and the poker boom.


About Jennifer Newell

Jennifer began writing about poker while working at the World Poker Tour in the mid-2000s. Since then, her freelance writing career has taken her from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back to her hometown of St. Louis, where she now lives with her two dogs. She continues to follow the poker world as she also launches a new subscription box company and finishes her first novel. Jennifer has written for numerous publications including and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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