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Chris Moneymaker defeats Canadian Duhamel

Chris Moneymaker has done more for poker’s reputation than just about any other pro player out there. His performance at the Main Event of the extremely memorable 2003 World Series of Poker brought more attention to poker than ever before, making the game part of the mainstream culture in a way it has never been before. Since then, Moneymaker has faced much criticism for not matching that performance in recent years, and many people question whether he continues to have what it takes to stay relevant in a fast-paced, quickly changing sport like poker.

These mounting criticisms have been gaining steam over the past year in particular as Moneymaker failed to captivate audiences as before or win big like everyone expected him to. But thanks to finishing eleventh at the Caribbean Adventure event at the top of the year, and now second at the Heads-Up Poker Finals this month, critics are standing down. While Moneymaker didn’t manage to take first place at this competitive event, he managed to beat some pretty stiff competition to get to the final table. Not only did he beat John Racener, the runner-up at the 2010 WSOP Main Event, but he also beat Canadian Jonathan Duhamel, the 2010 WSOP champion, just to make it to the heads-up match against Erik Seidel. Moneymaker took down two of last year’s most successful poker players just to have a shot at this title, which has redeemed his status in the eyes of many former doubters.

It’s clear that Chris Moneymaker is still a vital part of the poker world, and it’s about time everyone remembered it.

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