Published on May 24, 2003, 1:27 pm EST

With his friends cheering on and metallic shades glinting in the artificial lights, Chris Moneymaker won the 2003 World Series of Poker with a full house consisting of three fives and two fours. The 27 year old accountant took home a first prize of $2.5 million dollars in the victory.

Chris Moneymaker wins the 2003 World Series of Poker

Photo - Chris Wins Big

By early Saturday morning, the field of over 800 participants had been narrowed down to just two people, Moneymaker and Ihsan Farha. The field was littered with past champions, but they bowed out in favor of two newcomers.

In his losing hand, Farha had a jack and a 10, and ended up with two Jacks after the flop, compared to Moneymaker's full house. Moneymaker took home $2.5 million dollars in the win.

The most interesting aspect of this win is that Moneymaker qualified to play the World Series of Poker on the Internet. It goes to show that anybody can win in the World Series of Poker, as Moneymaker just started playing 3 years ago and was a rookie. It also re-affirms our belief that you can become a skilled poker player by playing online. To play multi-player poker at our favorite Poker Room, please click here.

We will have much more coverage relating to the 2003 World Series of Poker in the next week or so, but in the meantime, sends out its congratulations to Chris Moneymaker, a deserving winner.


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