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Former PokerStars Team Pro Chris Moneymaker Inks Endorsement Deal With Americas Cardroom (ACR)

Chris Moneymaker Joins ACR as its Latest Brand Ambassador
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  • Attreyee Khasnabis February 5, 2021
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It has been four weeks since the legendary 2003 WSOP Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker (cover image) ended his 17-year-long association with online poker giant PokerStars. The famous poker player has now joined the US-facing poker site Americas Cardroom (ACR) as its latest brand ambassador.

Chris Moneymaker
Chris Moneymaker

 

Moneymaker, who achieved cult status after his WSOP Main Event victory that caused an explosion in poker – widely called the “Moneymaker Effect,” has kept his name in the news with a volley of announcements since the start of 2021. In early January, he announced his departure from Team Red Spade. On February 3, he publicly acknowledged he was an investor in a start-up hobby tech company, Guaranteed Breaks. A few hours later, he revealed that he had signed up with ACR as the site’s brand ambassador.

When Moneymaker announced his departure from the world’s largest online poker site, he cited his intention to spend more time with his family as one of the reasons for ending his 17-year relationship with the brand. But it seems like he didn’t enjoy retirement as much as he had hoped he would, or more likely, PokerStars didn’t renew his contract.

 

In a video response to his split with PokerStars at the end of 2020, the Poker Hall of Famer said that he was likely going to “play a little less poker in the immediate future and explore other endeavors.”

The search for a gig outside of poker didn’t last long, as it took Moneymaker less than a month to sign an endorsement deal with another poker site.

In a press release, Moneymaker said that he wasn’t qualified to do much besides playing poker. As far as playing is concerned, PokerStars is only operational in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.

“I’m 45 years old, I’ve got 3 kids, I can’t not work,” said Moneymaker. “But I’m not qualified for anything anymore. I couldn’t do your taxes as good as H&R block could do them. My only qualification in life is ‘Do you want fries with that?’”

This change in dynamics coincided with Moneymaker meeting Winning Poker Network (WPN) CEO Phil Nagy. Talks developed, and a deal was agreed upon. According to reports, Moneymaker left PokerStars on positive terms and sees his new deal as the next chapter in his career.

As a US-facing poker site, Americas Cardroom gives him the chance to play online without traveling. In addition to representing ACR in live and online tournaments, Moneymaker will help shape some of the site’s promotions. Having a more hands-on role is something he’s looking forward to.

Moneymaker’s first appearance as ACR’s newest ambassador took place on February 3, when he showed up during the final table broadcast of the $8 Million GTD Venom, doing the commentary. The event was won by ‘PORKNOMAR,’ who clinched the title and $1,113,330.

ACR also released a video expressing the excitement of its existing team of pros with having Moneymaker onboard.

Check it out below.

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