Chris Moneymaker Wins $360 Omaha Hi-Lo, Second Win in as Many Days

2018 Rock N’ Roll Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 2
$360 Omaha Hi-Lo 
Entries: 96 
Prize Pool: $28,800 
November 14, 2018 

Chris Moneymaker wins $360 Omaha hi-lo

Chris Moneymaker made his way to South Florida for the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood stop of the Moneymaker tour. He’s been crushing it ever since.

The 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion finished second in his own event and followed that up with a win in the Charity event on Tuesday night. On Wednesday, he kept the heater alive with his second Hard Rock Trophy in as many days.

Moneymaker defeated 96 entries in the $360 Omaha hi-lo event, defeating 96 entries and earning $9,136. Out of all of his appearances on the country-wide tour, this has got to be one of his most profitable stops.

Profit isn’t his main motivator anymore. Now he’s all about having fun at the table and that’s been the main goal of the tour. In the process, he’s had a great time as well.

“It’s been awesome. I mean, it’s been a really fun tour. It’s been very relaxing,” said Moneymaker about the entire five-month tour. “I mean, everybody having a good time. You know, poker is supposed to be enjoyed and this whole tour is about enjoyment. It was just easy to play poker where everybody is having a good time. There’s not any pressure. It’s just a game.”

Moneymaker was on a tear throughout the final table. He went wire-to-wire with the chip lead at the final table. He had more than two-thirds of the chips in play with four players left and started heads-up play with 1 million of the 1.2 million chips in play.

With such a big chip lead, it’s no shock that Perry Klein didn’t last that long heads-up before finishing runner-up to Moneymaker. Klein took home $5,472 for his efforts.

The Tennessee native is synonymous with no-limit hold’em. Many give him most of the credit for starting the modern poker boom. But it’s very rare that his name comes up in conversations about mixed games.

That’s not an indication of his skill level. Moneymaker enjoys the non-hold’em games and has the results to back it up.

“I win a lot of mix tournaments,” said Moneymmaker. “When I play mix, I generally do pretty well. I won several mix tournaments online in New Jersey, I won Monte Carlo and I really enjoy mix.”

It has been 15 years since Moneymaker defeated Sam Farha heads-up in the world’s most prestigious tournament. He is one of the few people that was at the game’s highest levels for the entirety of the modern poker era.

He’s seen the rapid development in strategy and learned what it takes to stay ahead of the curve.

“It’s just been so different,” said Moneymaker. “It’s just not the same as it was. I mean, I put a lot of work in to improve my game and to get up with the current times and try and be competitive. For a long time, I took the game for granted, I fell behind the times and I just said ‘you know, I need to continually work on my game or this game’s not going to be there for me 15 years from now.'”

The Rock N’ Roll Poker Open is the final stop on the Moneymaker tour and the ’03 world champ is only around to play one more event. He’ll try his luck in Thursday’s $360 HORSE before heading back home.

The 96-entry field paid out the top 12 spots and here are the  results:

1st: Chris Moneymaker – $9,136
2nd: Perry Klein – $5,472
3rd: Claudangelo Beaudouin – $3,456
4th: Georges Boyadjian – $2,232
5th: Scott Brooks – $1,728
6th: Zachary Milchman – $1,368
7th: Monte Adler – $1,152
8th: Charles Jacoby – $1,008
9th: Daniel Brown – $914
10th: Gabriel Ramos – $835
11th: Lazaro Rodriguez – $778
12th: Cory Blum – $721

Event 2: Chris Moneymaker Wins ($9,136), Perry Klein Eliminated in 2nd ($5,472)

$360 Omaha Hi-Lo
Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 20,000/40,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 1 of 96

Chris Moneymaker

On a flop of 6h5c2h, Perry Klein got the last of his chips into the middle out of the big blind against Chris Moneymaker on the button.

Klein showed Qs9c6d2c, good for top and bottom pair, and was up against Moneymaker’s Th7s7c6c.

“I need a low one or a ten,” said Moneymaker.

The turn was the 8h, giving Moneymaker a qualifying low, and leaving Klein drawing dead for half of the pot. The river was the Tc and Moneymaker made a bigger two pair to scoop the whole pot and eliminate Klein in second.

Perry Klein

Chris Moneymaker – $360 Omaha Hi-Lo Champion
Perry Klein – Eliminate d

Event 2: Claudangelo Beaudouin – 3rd Place ($3,456)

$360 Omaha Hi-Lo
Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 20,000/40,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 2 of 96

Claudangelo Beaudouin

Claudangelo Beaudouin was all in for the big blind. Chris Moneymaker limped in on the button and Perry Klein completed the small blind.

The entire hand was checked down as the board ran out JsTd8dKhQs.

Moneymaker showed QdTs8s2h, Klein showed 9d8c6d4h and Beaudouin showed 2d3h4s5d.

Klein dragged the pot with a king-high straight and eliminated Beaudouin in third place. Kelin will go heads-up with Chris Moneymaker for the title.

Perry Klein – 200,000
Chris Moneymaker – 1,000,000
Claudangelo Beaudouin – Eliminated 

Event 2: Georges Boyadjian – 4th Place ($2,232)

$360 Omaha Hi-Lo
Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 20,000/40,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 3 of 96

Georges Boyadjian

Claudangelo Beaudouin raised and got all in from under the gun for his last 65,000 against Chris Moneymaker on the button and Georges Boyadjian in the big blind.

The flop was 8c7s2h and both players check to the 6h turn card. Boyadjian bets and Moneymaker calls.

The river was the 6d and Boyadjian bets and he is all in for less than a full bet. Moneymaker calls.

Boyadjian showed AcQhQs5s, good for a pair of queens a a low, but Moneymaker showed AsTc4s6s, good for a better low and trip sixes. Beaudouin showed the same low as Moneymaker to get a quarter of the main pot.

Chris Moneymaker – 1,000,000
Claudangelo Beaudouin – 45,000
Georges Boyadjian – Eliminated 

Event 2: Zack Milchman – 6th Place ($1,368), Scott Brooks – 5th Place ($1,728)

$360 Omaha Hi-Lo
Structure | Payouts
Level 19: 15,000/30,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 4 of 96

Scott Brooks

Zack Milchman raised from the cutoff and Scott Brooks made it three bets on the button. Chris Moneymaker called out of the big blind and Milchman called as well, all in for exactly 45,000.

The flop is Jc9s6c and Moneymaker checked. Brooks checked behind and the turn was the 8c. Moneymaker bet and Brooks called, all in for 25,000.

Moneymaker showed AcTs7h3c, good for the nut straight, Brooks showed AdKh4h2h, who was dead for half with a low draw, and Milchman tabled AhAsQd5h.

The river was the Qs and Moneymaker dragged the entire pot with a straight, going into four-handed play with about two-thirds of the chips in play.

Zack Milchman

Chris Moneymaker – 720,000
Zack Milchman – Eliminated
Scott Brooks – Eliminated 

Event 2: Monte Adler – 7th Place ($1,152)

$360 Omaha Hi-Lo
Structure | Payouts
Level 18: 10,000/20,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 6 of 96

Monte Adler

Monte Adler got all in preflop from the cutoff against Scott Brooks in the big blind.

Brooks showed Ah4h4c9c and was up against Adlers’ 5h3d2c2d.

The board ran out Ts6h3h9hKd and Brooks won the whole pot with a pair of nines to eliminate Adler in seventh place.

Scott Brooks – 140,000
Monte Adler – Eliminated 

Event 2: Chad Jacoby – 8th Place ($1,008)

$360 Omaha Hi-Lo
Structure | Payouts
Level 18: 10,000/20,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 7 of 96

Chad Jacoby

Chris Moneymaker raised from middle position and Chad Jacoby moved all in for 25,000 from middle position. Zack Milchman called from the big blind and Moneymaker commits the extra 5,000.

Moneymaker and Milchman check to the river as the board runs out 8d6s3c8h2d. Milchman checked and Moneymaker bet. Milchman called.

Milchman showed Qh5c4c2h, Moneymaker showed Ad5s4d4s and Jacoby showed AhTh7h5d. Moneymaker wins three-quarters with the six-high straight and the nut low. Milchman got a quarter of the pot with the same straight and Jacoby was eliminated.

Chris Moneymaker – 370,000
Zack Milchman – 150,000
Monte Adler – Eliminated 

Event 2: Georges Boyadjian Doubles Through Chris Moneymaker

$360 Omaha Hi-Lo
Structure | Payouts
Level 18: 10,000/20,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 9 of 96

Chris Moneymaker raised from middle position and Georges Boyadjian three-bet from the cutoff. Moneymaker called and the flop was Js7s6s and Moneymaker checked.

Boyadjian bet and Moneymaker check-raised. Boyadjian called and was all in.

Boyadjian showed AhJd5s4s, good for a flush and Moneymaker’s JhTh7c4c needed to fill up.

The turn was the 2c and the river was the 8h. Boyadjian doubled up.

Georges Boyadjian – 100,000
Chris Moneymaker – 305,000

Event 2: Gabe Ramos – 10th Place ($835)

$360 Omaha Hi-Lo
Structure | Payouts
Level 17: 8,000/16,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 9 of 96

Gabriel Ramos

The action was capped preflop between Zack Milchman in the big blind, Gabe Ramos under the gun, Chris Moneymaker in middle position and Perry Klein on the button.

The flop is 9c8c7d and Milchman checked. Ramos checked as well and Moneymaker bet. Klein called, Milchman called and Ramos called.

The turn was the Tc and Milchman checked. Ramos went all in for his last 5,000, Moneymaker called and Klein raised to a full 16,000. Milchman folded and Moneymaker called.

The river was the 3s and Moneymaker checked. Klein bet and Moneymaker called.

Moneymaker showed Ad9h8h2d, good for two pair and the nut low, Perry showed AcQs5s4c, good for the nut flush and a worse low. Ramos turned over KcQc5h2h, which was good for the second nut flush and a worse low.

Moneymaker and Klein chop up the pot and Ramos hits the rail in 10th.

Chris Moneymaker – 355,000
Perry Klein – 105,000
Gabe Ramos – Eliminated