It has been a little while since we heard from Chris Moneymaker over on PokerStarsBlog, yet in his latest blog he does give some clues as to why. He has been busy sorting out what his schedule is going to involve in the next six months.
He plans on taking in the PokerStars WCOOP before going on the road to take in tournaments such as the UKIPT Isle of Man, BSOP Millions, EPT Prague and the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.
As well as working on his schedule he has also been heavily involved with the play money side of PokerStars. Play chip poker is becoming a big industry in itself these days and as Moneymaker says, the standards of play are getting better.
In the past play chip poker was not taken too seriously but now that you have people purchasing chips, they are far more interested in keeping hold of them than they once were.
“I continue to be involved with the play money games on PokerStars as well. In fact we’re working on some new ideas for those games — some promotions and other ways of pushing the envelope a little there. They just came out with the “Billionaires Club” for play money players on PokerStars and I’m a member. As I’ve written about before, those “high-stakes” play money games really do play like real money games.”
Something else that Moneymaker has been doing recently is reading a new book that has been released. The book by Eric Raskin is called “The Moneymaker Effect” and is mainly about that 2003 Main Event that Moneymaker won and what it did for the popularity of poker.
It is not solely about Moneymaker but the event that year as a whole and he really feels it gets the story across very well.
“It’s pretty interesting to read what others have to say about that year — about my play, about the tournament in general, about everything that was going on with Binion’s, and everything else.”
Moneymaker then expands on this with talk of how the Main Event final table back then had far more diverse personalities rather than that of young internet kids that are more reserved. The likes of Sam Farha and Dan Harrington are also remembered vividly from that final table, the sort of final table that will probably never be seen again due to the internet boom and the effect it had on poker.
Check out his full blog post by going here.