At the end of last year, Chris Moneymaker surprised the poker world by announcing the end of his long-running partnership with PokerStars that lasted the better part of 17 years.
At the time, we weren’t sure if Moneymaker would be taking a stepping away from the game or if he had more left to give. During his farewell announcement, he stated that he would be playing less poker and pursue other endeavors.
Now we know what those endeavors were, and they actually involve more poker.
Working again, retirement was too boring. Fun day
— Chris Moneymaker (@CMONEYMAKER) February 3, 2021
On Wednesday night, Chris Moneymaker revealed that he was ending his retirement after 6 weeks and that he had joined forces with Americas Cardroom as an ambassador at the unregulated U.S. facing online poker site.
Previously an accountant before his 2003 Main Event win, Moneymaker indicated he isn’t really qualified to do anything besides poker.
“I’m 45 years old. I’ve got 3 kids. I can’t not work,” he said before throwing out some classic Moneymaker humor. “I’m not qualified for anything anymore. I couldn’t do your taxes as good as H&R Block could do them. My only qualification in life is “Do you want fries with that?”
Moneymaker is obviously selling himself short with the comments, but the sentiment and experience is often shared with longtime poker players who want to move on from the game.
Reaction to Moneymaker’s latest chapter
To some, the news came as a surprise that he would endorse an offshore online poker room that operates in the United States as regulated online poker seems to finally be gathering some momentum. Others were happy that Moneymaker could put his weight behind — and possibly provide a positive influence — to a popular poker room that has been the subject of controversy in recent years and that many thousands of U.S. players still play.
In welcoming Moneymaker to the online poker room, other ACR sponsored pros shared their thoughts on how Moneymaker’s 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event win has inspired them. Moneymaker joins a list of pros on the online poker room that includes Jeff Boski, Jon Pardy, Drew Gonzalez and Ryan Depaulo, to name a few.
Poker fans and players also shared their reaction to Moneymaker joining Americas Cardroom.
That was a shorter retirement then @MikeFrancesa
had a few years back
— Michael Schneider (@scrim6767) February 4, 2021
Congrats @CMONEYMAKER ! Awesome to see you repping ACR, looking forward to battling it out with you at the tables 🤼♂️
— Faraz Jaka (@FarazJaka) February 4, 2021
— Jeff Boski (@ICuRaRook) February 4, 2021