Chris Moneymaker

Christopher Bryan Moneymaker was born on November 21, 1975. He revolutionized Poker because he was the first person to become a world champion after qualifying at an online poker site where he won $86.

Originally from Atlanta, he spent his formative years in Tennessee where he graduated from the State University with a Master’s Degree in Accounting. During this stage of his life, Poker was more than a past time which would pay off and make him one of the most influential figures in the world of online Poker having a net worth of $16 million.

The Moneymakers Career

His success in Las Vegas where he won the gold bracelet sparked a tidal wave of interest in Poker, and it was named the Moneymaker Effect. Inspired by the tale of an amateur beating world-class players led to millions of people playing online Poker across the globe.

Less than a year after the main Poker event, Chris finished in second place at the WPR Bay 101 Shooting Stars Tournament. That same year he came close to making his second World Series final table where he finished in tenth position. Chris Moneymaker has competed in a variety of Tournaments over the years, and in 2011 he finished as a runner up at the National Heads Up Poker Championship where he earned $300 000 in winnings.

Summing it Up

When Chris is not travelling the world on the Poker Circuit, he spends his free time with his family. In 2005 he published his autobiography amidst his busy schedule, as he has numerous business interests. Regardless of what Chris’s future achievements may be, his epic victory in 2003 will be what his name is synonymous with. A poker legacy he is proud of and has lived up to ever since.

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Richard Nixon

About Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon aka “Tricky Dicky” was a card shark that partially funded his first run for Congress with his substantial poker winnings.

Nixon, a former US President’s passion for Poker, began when he was at the US Air Force base in the Solomon Islands in 1943. There, he first encountered card games like five-card stud and five-card draw. Nixon was drawn to these card games and learnt that playing tight was the way to go. He became obsessed with the game and would often pass up dinners and one special dinner in particular which was with the famous cross Atlantic flyer Charles Lindbergh.

Richard Nixon was by no means interested in the social aspect of the game. He just wanted to win money. This money assisted in getting him elected into Congress, and the rest is history.

Poker and Politics

Raised in a Quaker family that disliked gambling, Richard Nixon became obsessed with the game as it helped pass the days in the Navy and it was profitable.

A serviceman by the name of James Stewart taught Nixon strategies like play a tight hand and limit bluffs. Nixon was a high roller who played a quiet game but was never afraid of taking chances. He had the ability to smell weakness and would win the pot at all costs by bluffing.

Nixon made more money playing Poker than he did while serving in the Navy as an ensign and pocketed over $150 or more per month. One of his most memorable wins came in 1946 and the $5000 winnings he parlayed into an unbeaten congressional run, money well spent when looking back.


Richard Nixon’s name is synonymous with Mafia bosses and the Watergate Scandal. However, he was a brilliant Poker player and that funded his political career taking him to the White House.