Chris Moneymaker is a legend for parlaying a $39 investment on PokerStars into $2.5 million when he won the 2003 WSOP Main Event. At the time he was the first person to ever qualify for the Main Event playing online, and then win the championship.
Moneymaker’s 2003 win launched poker's popularity across the world. Both live and online poker benefited from this “accountant from Tennessee / amateur poker player, winning it all”. This trend in the poker world was referred to as the “Moneymaker Effect”.
He has since become a well-recognized professional player and an ambassador for poker. The GPL will look to start a trend of their own moving forward with the new and unique idea to “sportify” the game of poker.
Mediarex Sports & Entertainment, chief executive officer Alex Dreyfus had this to say… “As our aim is to support a second “Moneymaker effect” in poker over the next three years, it seems fitting to announce that Chris Moneymaker himself will lead one of the GPL’s franchise teams.”
The GPL will consist of 12 professional poker teams from around the world. They will try to take poker out of casinos and into mainstream USA. Because of the unique format, the GPL isn't classified as gambling, so it can use venues that aren't licensed for gambling such as large arenas or stadiums.
Imagine the excitement of a winner take all poker game, in front of 20,000 fans, at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York City. The new Global Poker League will try to make this a reality.
Details of other cities and franchise leaders could be released as early as next week. The GPL draft is set for February 25th in Los Angeles, California as part of the American Poker Awards celebration.
Rakeback.com will continue to follow the new Global Poker League and report any new developments.
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By Dan Dececco, Rakeback.com Freelance Author
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