Christopher Bryan Moneymaker (born November 21, 1975, in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American poker player who won the main event at the 2003 World Series of Poker (WSOP). His 2003 win is said to have revolutionized poker because he was the first person to become a world champion by qualifying at an online poker site. This has been referred to in the press as the Moneymaker Effect. Moneymaker's ancestors made silver and gold coins and chose the name Moneymaker as a modification of their German last name: Nurmacher. Moneymaker attended Farragut High School in Knoxville, Tennessee, and later earned a master's degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee. Moneymaker married his wife, Christina Wren, in Las Vegas in April, 2005. He has a daughter, Ashley, born three months before he won the WSOP main event. They currently reside in Nashville, Tennessee. After receiving his master's degree, Moneymaker worked as a comptroller. He was also a part-time employee at a local restaurant. After his WSOP win Moneymaker became a spokesman for PokerStars. He has also started his own company, Moneymaker Gaming. His autobiography, Moneymaker: How an Amateur Poker Player Turned $40 into
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