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You Can Bet On It!

23 June 2003

The World Series of Poker held annually at Binion's Horseshoe had a record field of 839 participants. The best poker players from around the world were ready to do battle on the green felt tables. This was the week that they had been looking forward to since last year's finale. Johnny Chan, Phil Hellmuth Jr., Doyle Brunson, Amarillo Slim Preston, and a guy with the real name of Chris Moneymaker, accompanied by his friend, David Gamble, were all there to win the top prize of $2.5 million and claim immortality in the poker universe. Second place wasn't too shabby either coming in at $1.3 million. The play began at 1 p.m. on Monday and lasted until 1:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. The game broke up for sleep and meals but other than that it was poker-Texas Hold'Em style.

Moneymaker, at the beginning of the tournament, was just another poker player with $10,000 in chips and a dream that seemingly was way out of his reach.
Here's why… It was the first time that he had played tournament poker in a live setting in a casino. Moneymaker won his way in by playing on his computer in cyberspace at www.pokerstars.com.

The 27-year-old accountant from Tennessee kept a cool head throughout the tournament. On the last day he lost a sizable pot of more than $1 million but didn't make the rookie mistake of chasing his money. He just continued his slow, steady assault of attacking the other players' chips in a methodical way. After the tournament Moneymaker said that he bluffed a lot and it worked.
On the final hand against Sam Farha, Moneymaker held a 4, 5 and Farha had jack, 10. The flop came jack, 5, 4. The turn produced an 8. The river gave Moneymaker a full house with another 5. The place erupted in cheers as Moneymaker hugged his friends and his father, who couldn't have looked happier or prouder.
It was the most improbable of endings in the biggest and most important poker tournament of the year. This year Cinderella tried on the shoe and it fit perfectly. He will forever dance as a champion.

As always… good luck!

Larry Grossman

Larry Grossman is host and producer of Las Vegas' most popular gaming and handicapping radio show, "You Can Bet On It." Since 1989 he has interviewed World Champion poker players that include Amarillo Slim, Puggy Pearson, and Tom McEvoy. Regular guests during the football season include Lem Banker, Mike Lee, Mort Olshan, and Andy Iskoe.

During the 1997 and 1998 season, Grossman hosted a nationally televised show that featured many of the nations' top handicappers.

Larry Grossman is the author of two books, "You Can Bet On It" Volume 1 - Casino Games and Volume 2 - Sports Betting. He is a regular columnist for many gaming publications. Larry has hosted and produced handicapping seminars in Las Vegas. Visit AudioVegas.com to listen to archives of his "You Can Bet On it" radio show.

Larry Grossman Websites:

www.AudioVegas.com

Books by Larry Grossman:

You Can Bet On It! -- Volume 1: Casino Games
Larry Grossman
Larry Grossman is host and producer of Las Vegas' most popular gaming and handicapping radio show, "You Can Bet On It." Since 1989 he has interviewed World Champion poker players that include Amarillo Slim, Puggy Pearson, and Tom McEvoy. Regular guests during the football season include Lem Banker, Mike Lee, Mort Olshan, and Andy Iskoe.

During the 1997 and 1998 season, Grossman hosted a nationally televised show that featured many of the nations' top handicappers.

Larry Grossman is the author of two books, "You Can Bet On It" Volume 1 - Casino Games and Volume 2 - Sports Betting. He is a regular columnist for many gaming publications. Larry has hosted and produced handicapping seminars in Las Vegas. Visit AudioVegas.com to listen to archives of his "You Can Bet On it" radio show.

Larry Grossman Websites:

www.AudioVegas.com

Books by Larry Grossman:

You Can Bet On It! -- Volume 1: Casino Games