The McKeehen Effect Spurs Moneymaker to Success2 years ago
He was the man who spurred millions on to take up poker when he went from satellite to stardom by scooping the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event, but even Chris Moneymaker needs help sometimes and he turned to 2015 winner Joe McKeehen to fine tune his game, this week landing a pair of online wins at the New Jersey SCOOP.
The Moneymaker Effect is said to have contributed to the massive growth in the passion for No Limit Hold’em, but as he recently told Chad Holloway:
“This is a very competitive game, and people are always improving. If you’re not, obviously you’re being left behind”.
Admitting that he thought of himself as a great player “for 7-8 years”, big Chris only realised as the years passed that “maybe I’m not as good as I think I am.”
So, much in the same way that Daniel Negreanu decided to work hard on his game in his New Year resolutions, Moneymaker decided to look for a bit of help to raise his game to modern standards – and who better than a man who replicated his Main Event success, 2015 bracelet winner Joe McKeehen.
Taking a Chance with Joe
After “stumbling” across Chance Kormuth’s training site on social media, Moneymaker explained:
“There’s probably only about 15 people out there these days that the average poker fan will recognize, and the fact that Chip Leader Coaching has one of them on their roster in Joe McKeehen, I thought it was the perfect fit for me.”
Of McKeehen’s coaching he told Holloway:
“I like the fact that he is a World Champ. Like it or not, people play different against us than the typical player."
The 42 year old Nashville pro has already seen the benefits of the work with McKeehen, some live cashes on the circuit and this week taking down two titles and two other final tables online, streaming the excellent run live on TwitchTV to his fans.
Hard work pays off
The weekend of SCOOP action (that’s PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker for those who haven’t heard of it) in the Garden State of New Jersey saw him total some $12,500 in winnings – not a patch on his $2.5million Main Event payday, but a good sign nonetheless for someone intent on:
“Trying to hear as many opinions as I can and figure out what works for my game.”
Chris Moneymaker will always be a legend, of course, but a legend who actually wants to be a part of the game at any level makes him special.
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